Garage Band & Musical Composition

This summary document explores the possibility of using the software as a tool for learning basic musical elements such as rhythm, harmony, melody, texture and structure in greater depth. This approach, therefore, aims to encourage critical listening and original composition.
In the first half of the presentation, Dr Nelson Wu focusses on how to use Garageband
to encourage students to engage with basic musical elements through two composition tasks. In the second half , Mr Andrew Small discusses how to use visuals to aid composition.

WIX.COM Interactive Websites

Anyone, including your department, can make professional, media rich websites for free.
Ever given the task to your students to make a PowerPoint presentation or Keynote on the “Instruments of the Orchestra?” Or to write a report, collate some links orjust research “World Music?” Where is the “music” in this? How are your students involved in the world of music or interacting with orchestra timbres? With students can create windows into their own learning with real music and performances!

Creating an Animated graphic Score

Much current music technology is focused on traditional notation. But graphic
notation is still an excellent way to convey musical ideas and it can be easily
utilized within Keynote or PowerPoint for your lessons. It can also animate your
scores in a few simple steps. This document will be useful for junior and high school teachers as well as tertiary level educators. This activity can be taken to the extreme according to your understanding of the six concepts of music, harmonic analysis & imagination. It is also incredibly powerful on an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB). Also in this package are a range of images to accompany the creative process.

Kung Fu Panda Scoring in Garage Band

This document will be useful for anyone wanting to integrate film-scoring classes into their lessons or to instruct in the basics of foley sound effects & editing. It starts with some basic scoring features and extend into more advanced operations. It includes materials for a whole unit on teaching Film Music in the Classroom.


This document will look at specific methods of notating scores for guitar. From neck diagrams, fingering and complex notation in the style of Tommy Emmanuel. Bound to assist the guitarists in your class as well as yourself. Sample sibelius files are included for versions 4,5, and 6.

Interactive PDF’s

This is a guide as to how to create interactive pdf's including preparing music notation, editing audio files and edit material in a word template. It covers many aspects of the set up and saving of the interactive PDF document, inserting score extracts, audio and video files and adding elements such as interactive text fields, audio comments and annotations.


This document is designed to assist with capturing and building on the spontaneous musical creations of musicians via sampling. Sampling is the art of capturing and recording a live sound, and then using that recording or “sample” to assist in the creation of other music. In Reason 5, users are able to create samples in the comfort of their own home, classroom, or on the go.

Making Great Software Tutorials

These documents outline the processes for making effective and good looking tutorials for software. They include a guide to Jing  – an application for capturing Screen video of software processes in action. Extensive tips and links are provided, including the creation of hyperlinks.

Amazing Audacity

Audacity is a free downloadable Sound Editing program with many uses in the musioc classroom, and in preparation of resources by teachers. This document is a very comprehensive tutorial covering a full range of processes including recording, playback, simple edits, pitch adjustment, time stretching, vocal effects and much more. Samplke files for editing are also included.