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Update 25 August 2010:

In 2010 I am transitioning to the website wiki.wesfryer.com for my handout and presentation/workshop links. I'm not taking content here on PBworks offline, but I have added this "update header" to all my pages as well as adding direct links to more updated versions of these pages as I mirror them / create them on wiki.wesfryer.com. There are 146 pages here on teachdigital.pbworks.com. - You can browse these in page view in addition to using the four category links provided on the homepage. Note this wiki was previously mapped to "handouts.wesfryer.com" but that domain mapping is no longer available.


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Digital Music Creation: Engage, Inspire, Have Fun!


Digital natives typically love music, and once they have learned how many LOVE to create their own music. In this session, we'll explore FREE musical software programs included in the Sugar Learning Platform, as well as Garageband (and others for Windows and Linux systems) which permit student authoring of original music compositions. No prior musical background required! We'll explore how students can legally obtain Creative Commons (CCMixter) shared music created by others, which can be remixed and mashed into new creations. Join the digital music revolution, and invite your students to do the same! It's legal, it's fun, it's engaging, and the process helps cultivate development of a wide host of 21st century literacy skills that students need for success in the future!


Legal and Fun


Software for Digital Music Creation
How-To Guides
Publish and Share Your Music
  1. Uth TV
  2. Podsafe Music Network
  3. Beatpick - FairPlay Music Label
  4. CCMixter - Find music to remix, publish your own music
  5. iCompositions.com is an internet community for aspiring musicians with a focus on Mac-using artists and, even more specifically, users of Apple's GarageBand.
  6. MacJams is an online community of people who are interested in creating or presently create music using the Macintosh platform, as well as people who are interested in listening to such music.
Other Copyright Friendly Music Sources
  1. Creative Commons Media Search
  2. Acid 8 Packs (For Sony Acid XPress and Acid Pro]
  3. Other Free Audio sources for podcasts
  4. Ghost Notes - William Cushman's royalty free piano compositions (just email for permission to reuse)
Tips and Tricks
  1. Free Widgets for Mac OS X
    1. Piano Theory
    2. Piano Chords
    3. Guitar Chords
Hardware Tools (these are the tools I use during my workshops on digital music creation)
  1. Macbook laptop - about $1000
  2. M-Audio Mobile Pre - about $200 (connect your microphone to your computer) - a less expensive one is available, the Fast Track USB,  for about $100
  3. Shure - Wired Microphones - PG58 Vocal Microphone - about $50 (This is just a microphone I use, many others will work too)
  4. M-AUDIO - Axiom 25 - Advanced 25-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller - about $225 (a MIDI controller / keyboard I use)
  5. Microphone stand from Best Buy - about $30
  6. Platronics USB headset - about $80, though you can find it for less
  7. More M-Audio products (I love M-Audio stuff!)


Other Resources
  1. Mark Wagner's "iLife for Windows" wiki project
  2. CreatingMusic.com - a children's online creative music environment for children of all ages, a place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.
  3. Midomi: Search with your Voice-- Search for music by singing or humming part of a song. All you need is a microphone.
  4. SongTapper: Use your computer keyboard to tap the rhythm of the song. SongTapper.com will help you find the name of the song.
  5. Elton John says the Internet is destroying music (2 August 2007)


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