Music Technology: iPads for Conductors, Arrangers and Studio Teachers

Date: Monday, 14 November

Presented by: Katie Wardrobe

Cost: $180 (members). $260 (non members)

Time: 9.30am – 3.15pm

Venue: Music Studio, Level 5, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton

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During this workshop, we’ll look at the many clever ways you can use your iPad while teaching students, rehearsing ensembles, arranging and composing.  We’ll look at digitising your sheet music library, creating quick backing tracks, recording student practice sessions and performances, “flipping” your teaching to get the most out of lesson and rehearsals, and how to make ear-training and scales practice exciting (yes, really!).  

This full-day workshop will be broken into 3 parts:

Session 1: Introduction and 5 Super-Fast Things You Can Do With The GarageBand App
10.00am – 11.30am

We'll start with an overview of the different ways the iPad can be used in the teaching studio and ensemble rehearsal including ideas for:
while-you-wait student activities

We'll get hands-on with the GarageBand app and explore 5 super-fast things you can do with your students:
How to make scales practice exciting
How to create a playalong track in less than 5 minutes
How to create a silent rehearsal studio
How to record a student vocal or instrumental solo over a backing track
How to use GarageBand for improvisation with students of all levels – from novices to advanced players

We'll also explore some of the optional "extras" that go with your iPad: 
Guitar interfaces
MIDI keyboards
Bluetooth foot pedals

Session 2: Flipping your teaching and tracking student progress
12.00pm – 1.30pm

During this session we'll explore ways you can track student progress and wow their parents. You can also use the same techniques to teach your students outside lesson time.
How to take advantage of the iPad camera and microphone to record students
Tips for making better videos and audio recordings
How to get videos and audio files off your device
How to give students and parents access to video and audio files
Innovative ways to share your student's progress with others and show off what you do
Inspired ways to teach students outside lesson time

We'll also look at how you can use your iPad as a transcription & rehearsal "assistant"
How to play back songs with greater control
How to mark song sections so you can easily jump to the part you want
How to loop playback of just a couple of bars 
How to set playback of a difficult section to get gradually faster as you practice
How to instantly transpose a song 
How to instantly slow down or speed up a song

Session 3: Digitising and Managing Sheet Music
2.00pm – 3.15pm

In the final part of the day, we'll look at ways to digitise and manage your sheet music library and charts.

Working with the ForScore app, learn:
How to import music
How to organise your songs into set lists
How to annotate your scores
How to set up repeats so you can jump pages with one tap (this one is so good!)
How to add a backing/rehearsal track to a score
How to use a foot pedal for hands-free page turning

We'll also look at chart-reading options including:
Onsong – lyrics and chords
iRealB – a digital version of the jazz Real Book with thousands of songs and playalong styles
Discover how to create your own charts from scratch in these apps, how to use them in live performances, how to transpose charts instantly and more.

What To Bring

1. An iPad, fully charged with the following apps installed:
GarageBand ($7.99) 
Anytune Pro Lite Version (free) 
ForScore ($14.99)

2. Headphones

3. Your charger and cable

Daily Schedule

9.30am: Arrival, coffee and set up
10.00am: Session 1
11.30am: Morning tea
12.00pm: Session 2
1.30pm: Lunch
2.00pm: Session 3
3.15pm: Conclusion

About Katie Wardrobe

Katie Wardrobe is a qualified teacher (Bachelor of Music, Hons) who enjoys helping people who are short on time and dislike reading software manuals. She is a Sibelius Training Partner and has also worked for Sibelius Australia as an Education and Support Specialist, presenting workshops and demonstrations at events around Australia. She has worked as a freelance copyist, music arranger and transcriber for more than 20 years and is a member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia. Katie now runs her own business – Midnight Music – which specialises in music technology training for educators and students. For more information visit