'Make Your Own Music: A Creative Curriculum Using Music Technology'

A Complete Classroom Curriculum for Both Learning and Teaching Music Technology.
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Montclair, NJ (April 7, 2016) - Make Your Own Music: A Creative Curriculum Using Music Technology is a complete classroom curriculum for both learning and teaching music technology. Containing lessons and projects for using the PreSonus Music Creation Suite, it provides an organized approach to creating your own music using modern technology. An incredibly valuable tool for the enthusiast, student, or teacher, it incorporates composition ideas, notation skills, and digital audio workstation proficiencies.

Although the fundamental principles conveyed in this book apply to the use of virtually any DAW, each chapter focuses on building musical and compositional knowledge using Notion and/or Studio One.

Make Your Own Music is organized into easily digestible chapters that cover topics such as "Getting Started with Recording," "Getting Started with Notion," "Creating Electronic Music with Virtual Instruments in Studio One," and "Mixing and Mastering in Studio One."

Each chapter highlights three demonstrable skills that students can learn by working through self-paced projects: examples of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) problem-solving strategies from music technology history, and composition assignments with reproducible grading sheets for teachers.

Supporting materials can be accessed online. They round out the educational and instructional experience through video tutorials and printable documents.

About the author:

Richard McCready is a composer, musician, and the director of music technology of River Hill High School in Columbia, Maryland He also serves Howard County as the resource teacher for music technology and was awarded the TI:ME Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award in 2013, the 2013 Howard County (Md.) Music Educator of the Year Award, and the 2014 Maryland Outstanding Music Teacher Award. McCready was also a finalist for the Recording Academy Educator of the Year Award in 2015. In April 2013, School Band and Orchestra magazine featured a cover story on McCready's work at River Hill High School.

McCready was born in Northern Ireland and studied tuba performance, piano, and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England. He began his teaching career at Frodsham High school in Cheshire, England. Since emigrating to the United States in 1992, he has held teaching positions at the Park School of Baltimore, Towson University and Mayfield Woods Middle School, Elkridge, Maryland; he has also played professionally with the Monumental Brass Quintet, the Lexington Brass Quintet, and the Denhard/McCready Duo.

Earning two masters' degrees from Towson University, one in tuba performance and one in vocal performance, McCready plays many musical instruments, but the focus of his teaching is music technology - an area in which is widely regarded as one of the outstanding innovators in the US. His previous book, Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, was published by Cengage Learning in 2010.

Inventory #HL 00131001
ISBN: 9781480397453
Width: 8.5", Length: 11.0", 154 pages

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