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Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity


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Preface Acknowledgements PART 1: Philosophical and Pedagogical Underpinnings 1: Technology, Musical Creativity, and This Book 2: Thoughts on Creativity 3: Allow Students to Share Themselves 4: Offer Compelling Examples to Imitate and Inspire, Preferably by Other Students 5: Employ Parameters and Limitations That Remove Distractions and Help Students Focus 6: Remove Parameters and Limitations That Stifle Creativity and Lead to Contrived Expression 7: Facilitate Improvisation 8: Engage in Coaching Interaction as Part of the Project Plan 9: Foster Opportunities for Offering and Receiving Feedback and Critique 10: Employ Performance and Recital PART 2: Curricular Materials 11: Two Paths 12: Creativity With Keyboards 13: Creativity With Sound Recording Applications 14: Creativity With Multi-Track Music Production Applications 15: Creativity With Computer Music Notation Applications 16: Creativity With Instructional Software and Other Music Applications 17: Curriculum Integration 18: Various Implications APPENDIXES Appendix 1: Computer Music Workstation Appendix 2: How Digital Audio Works Appendix 3: Music Education Technology Glossary References Index

About the Author

Scott Watson is a veteran music teacher, a frequently published and commissioned composer, and a highly regarded music education technology specialist. In addition to 25 years of experience in teaching K-12 instrumental and classroom music in the Parkland School District (Allentown, Pennsylvania), Watson serves as adjunct instructor at Villanova, Philadelphia Biblical, and Central Connecticut State Universities and has delivered numerous workshops and clinics to in-service music teachers.


This publication is the only one that I know of that illustrates the synergistic relationship between technology and musical creativity. Watson does a magnificent job providing a balance between the philosophical underpinnings and effective pedagogical strategies for providing music making opportunities to every student, using readily accessible software and hardware. Any educator looking to effectively integrate technology and creativity into their K-12 music curriculum should add this book to their list of must-have resources. * James Frankel, Ed.D., SoundTree Managing Director *
Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity introduces a revolutionary way to approach music creativity in all grade levels. From the in-depth thoughts on creativity and technology to the engaging lesson plans, Scott's book will enhance the way music educators approach creativity-based learning. * Amy M. Burns, President of Technology for Music Education (TI:ME) and PreK-Grade 5 Music Educator, Far Hills Country Day School *
This is a must read for every music educator who has a nagging sense that music education can be more. Dr. Watson points the way not only with pedagogical theory, but with strategies and examples tested in real classrooms. * Rick Dammers, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Rowan University *
Presented in this outstanding book, Dr. Watson's approach to composition is innovative yet practical. I believe teachers will find that his pedagogy is not only accessible to students, but also stimulating to their creativity and musicianship. * Linda Thornton, Associate Professor of Music Education, The Pennsylvania State University *
Scott Watson's innovative spirit and forward thinking attitude toward the use of technology in music education is refreshing and inspiring. * MusicEdMagic.com *

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