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Electronic Music Pedagogy - Teacher Certification




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About Electronic Music Pedagogy - Teacher Certification

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Upload a quick video (30 seconds) describing something you've discovered during your tinkering.

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EMP is centred in aural and informal learning pedagogies. We use EMP resources to recreate some epic tracks and explore the importance of developing aural skills in this approach to learning. You will recreate a bunch of tracks and use this as a stimulus to create your own tracks.

To complete this assessment, you will need to recreate a song using one of our recreate videos as your guide. Upload a quick video of your performing the completed recreate, or share a link to your work if you've used a DAW.

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In this session we do a deep dive into how EMP has impacted music programs all over the world!

Based on what you learnt by following the recreate, create a piece of music! You can: a) Use the structure, chords, rhythms, effects etc as a basis and simply edit elements of these into something new. b) Use any idea from the recreate as a stimulus for something completely new.

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In this session we explore why our students love electronic music so much.

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Premium course Opening the DAW

Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) are incredible tools that throw open the possibilities for electronic musicians. We take you through some 'DAW journeys' that you can use with learners.

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In this session we develop a fundamental performance skill for electronic musicians - live looping! This skill can be transferred to so many other aspects of electronic music-making - you'll see!

Live looping is an epic skill for a modern electronic music producer/performer. In this assessment, use the E-4 and some of the 'experimentation' ideas to put together either: a) a short performance (1-2 minutes) b) a soundscape (1-2 minutes)

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Premium course Synthesis & Sampling

In this session we go all out on the world of synthesis! Electronic musicians often reference a sound they want to make and then design it using synthesis. We also explore the ways electronic musicians can 'sample' ideas and include them in songs. Totally hands-on of course.

In this task, you will create a short piece in either GarageBand iOS or BandLab (any platform) that includes samples and synth elements. Your piece should include: a) a core sampled idea that you have edited in (at least) one way b) a synth that acts as an accompaniment for the sample/s.

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EMP has two key elements that can sometimes be difficult to cultivate in a classroom setting. Electronic Music culture is often based upon the fact that it opposes standard formal education settings. But, if we deconstruct our approach a little there are some incredible ways for your students to access a 'significant other' and develop their 'community of practice'.

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Premium course Lessons, Units and more

Teachers often ask how they should best embed EMP in their institution. There is no one answer to this - it's all about what works for you! Regardless, in this session we will provide you with: - Frameworks + experimentations - Lesson plans - Unit plans - Curriculum links - Special funding proposal templates for your school

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Premium course Preparing your project

This course is built around your project. Get guidance, tips & tricks for developing an epic project that will help you learn, but also make a difference to hundreds of students around the world.

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Premium course Project submission

To complete this course and gain your EMP certification, you will need to submit a final project.

About the Teacher


Chris Koelma is an expert in culturally-situated and relevant music education in the international school context. He has worked with Australian, English and International Baccalaureate curricula to develop award-winning student programs based on current academic research AND real-world classroom experience with K-13 students.

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