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Blog posts December 2012

Using Vimeo for Quick Progress Videos

By Josh Osborne MT-BC Osborne.Josh@MacPhail.org

In this blog post, I'll be detailing the topic from our break out sessions this week. The topic was creating quick, professional videos using Vimeo. This post will be exclusive to using the app on an iPad. Vimeo is a video-viewing website (very simil…

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Junkyard Orchestral Instruments

by Cathy Smetana  Smetana.Cathy@MacPhail.org

This is a really amazing story and worth watching.

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Attaching Audacity Audio to Evernote

By Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

Here's a very short video demonstrating how to attach an audio file, recorded in Audacity, to a note in Evernote:

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Audacity Playback and Deleting Tricks

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Today's video quickly shows how to:

  1. Start playback in a spot that isn't the beginning
  2. Looping a section during playback
  3. Deleting a track
  4. Renaming a track

All that in 2 minutes!


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Improving Recording Quality

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Sometimes when recording in Audacity, the sound is poor for some reason.  Luckily most of the time it can be improved with one or more of the following steps:

  1. Move the microphone further away from the instrument
  2. If using a SnowBall mic, click the black…

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Evernote Help

by David Birrow  birrow.david@macphail.org

Lab Techs

Besides asking one of the lab techs (especially Josh, Jeremy, Hanno, or myself) for help on Evernote, there are a bunch of excellent resources on the web.

Getting started

If you just started using Evernote, there is no better place to turn fo…

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Uploading Video to YouTube

By Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

This post is primarily intended for faculty members who attended my workshop on uploading video to YouTube; it may also be useful to anyone else interested in how to do this. In the first part of the video below I outline a few of the ways in which you migh…

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Evernote for Music Therapy

by Josh Osborne Osborne.Josh@MacPhail.org

Below are some ideas about how to get started with Evernote. Email me with any questions or post some comments below.


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Audacity: Recording Cheat Sheet

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Last year we had a terrific faculty workshop about technology.  Attached below is a handout that walks you through how to create a basic recording using Audacity step by step. Let me know if there are any questions.

Handout - Click here


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The Orchestra … why yes, there’s an app for that too!

by Jon Iverson Iverson.Jon@macphail.org

I wanted to blog about a very exciting new app for iPad and iPad Mini in the Apple AppStore that I want to share with everyone. It’s simply called, “The Orchestra” and was just released this past week.

The Orchestra app is hands down one of the most…

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Idea Exchange #1: Evernote

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org
The MacPhail Music Learning Lab's first Idea Exchange took place yesterday. The Idea Exchange is a live forum for MacPhail faculty members to share and discuss ideas and tools we’re using to enhance our work. Click here for more about the Idea E…

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How to Burn a CD of your Recording

by Dan Hedegard Hedegard.Daniel@MacPhail.org
As Site Coordinator of MacPhail Apple Valley, I’ve been doing a lot of support for teachers who’d like to use technology in their lessons. I’ve taken the Computer Music sequence at the U, and I use Audacity and other music software all the time in…

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Overdubbing and Click Tracks with Audacity

by David Birrow  Birrow.David@MacPhail.org


What I liked about Jon's post yesterday was how it focused on the music rather than the technology. So based on that logic, I'm going to dislike my own post today, which is how to use Audacity to overdub. What is overdubbing? Simply put, it's when y…

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by Jon Iverson Iverson.Jon@MacPhail.org

DisklavierPlayerWhen it comes to audio recordings, overdubbing is nothing new. There are some unique examples worth noting however. Legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans created three full albums of music with the technique of overdubbing, "Conversations with Myself," "Furth…

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Recording Audio on your Computer

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Well, it officially looks like winter now, so you might as well hunker down and try your hand at recording audio with your students.  One way or another, we're all in the auditory skills business so we should use auditory material as a primary teaching …

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CelloBello Online Cello Resource Center

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

I'm sure many cellists have already discovered CelloBello.com, the online cello resource center created by Paul Katz, Professor of Cello at New England Conservatory. This is a fantastic resource for cellists and cello teachers. I especially like the ver…

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Fantastic Tuner App: TuneUp

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

From Planet Waves (d'Addario), TuneUp is a fantastic basic tuner app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It's highly sensitive, and has no difficulty registering low frequencies (much appreciated by my cello students who often struggle with tuners for th…

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The Case for Evernote

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

Searching for the Holy Grail of Lesson Notes
Studio teachers are always looking for the best way to manage their students’ lesson notes. How do you include enough information to clearly communicate the assignments for the week without spending too muc…

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Music Therapy at MacPhail

by Marian Santucci Santucci.Marian@MacPhail.org

MacPhail’s music therapists serve clients and families with a broad spectrum of diagnoses. From pervasive developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorder to traumatic brain injury to pain management, our music therapists have to be re…

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100 Days in a Row….news from the Suzuki Department

by Beth Turco Turco.Beth@MacPhail.org

The Suzuki Method is based on the belief that all children can learn to play an instrument at an early age in the same way they easily learn their native language – through listening, repetition, encouragement and parental involvement.  As teachers, we know th…

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