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Tech Tools in Action—Examples from the Studio #1

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

Last week one of my students emailed me to say that she'd like to do a youth orchestra audition in June. This year the audition requirements include a big cello excerpt from Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. Realizing that the prep time is relatively short, I wanted to give her every advantage possible to get the excerpt learned in time.

Enter a few of my favorite tech tools... 

I visited the youth orchestra website and printed out the excerpt. I worked through it and wrote in detailed fingerings.


Having practiced the excerpt for a bit, I plugged my Tascam IM2 microphone into my iPad, opened the TwistedWave Audio Editor app, and hit record. I recorded the excerpt a couple of times and then—right there in the app—I edited out whatever audio I didn't want. Then I hit export and emailed the mp3 audio file directly into my student's Evernote notebook.


Using the TurboScan app on my iPhone, I scanned the part I had fingered, and—just as I'd done with the mp3 audio file—I emailed the PDF file directly from TurboScan into my student's Evernote notebook.


Next, I found a great recording of Shostakovich 5 on YouTube. I clicked on the "share" tab and entered the exact time point in the video where the excerpt begins (see the picture below). This generated a URL that I copied into my student's Evernote notebook—when clicked, this link will start the video right on the excerpt.


At her lesson later that day we listened to the excerpt in context on YouTube, listened to the recording I'd made of the excerpt, and then worked through the fingered part together. 


Who's with me in betting that this student will learn this excerpt better and faster than if she'd just had the traditional "work-through-in-the-lesson-and-then-you're-on-your-own" treatment? Click here to see the Evernote note I created for her. 

Feel free to get in touch if you're interested in learning more about any of the steps I mentioned in this post.

For more about TwistedWave and the Tascam IM2 mic visit this post
For more about TurboScan visit this post
Click here to learn how to email documents directly into Evernote

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