Mixcraft 6 Shortcuts

Mixcraft is an ideal sofware students who want to experience working with a great entry-level Digital Audio Workstation that has more features than you might think. This document contains extremely useful shortcuts to help you and your students efficiently navigate and perform functions on Mixcraft 6.

Mixcraft 6 Teacher’s Guide

Your complete teacher's guide to Mixcraft 6, perfectly crafted for creative and valuable student use in the music classroom. From setting up your music lab and software, audio and midi functions, video functions, the plugins, loops and instruments available, music composition with mixcraft, using mixcraft for both short and long school projects such as radio, commericals or podcasting tasks, you and your students will be amazed by all the educational Mixcraft 6 possibilities.

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.


 REAPER v 3.75 (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is a free shareware sequencing program. This is a comprehensive guide to creative music making, starting with the basics of REAPER. It includes many screen shots, and also contains links to other articles and resources available free.


These documents are tutorials designed for VET composition using Logic Pro on a mac. They contain many screenshots, and include a general overview of the basic Logic pro environment.The first starts with inserting a drum loop and editing it, then moves on to create a bass part, choose sounds and start editing notes to refine the basis for a composition. The second builds on creating sounds, building compositions, Logic’s softsynths and how to use them, mixing & automation,
The steps could be adapted as projects to delivered with other DAW software such as Sonar or Protools.

ACID MUSIC STUDIO IN the classroom

This document provides a guided overview of Sony Acid Studio featuring many screen captures and tips to get started using this PC alternative to audio loop based software such as Garage Band for Mac.

Sonar X1 Essentials in the Music Classroom

This document is an introduction to SONAR X1 Essential, the entry-level Digital Audio Workstation from Cakewalk. It features comprehensive audio and MIDI recording and editing features, as well as a host of virtual instruments. The low cost of the software makes it a viable option for schools and classrooms. The document gives a guided tour of the software with many screen captures.


This document is a great starting point for those who wish to get into using music technology, but do not know of the different types of technologies such as audio, midi, looping etc, plus do not know what they need, how to connect it, and how to install things such as drivers and why they are necessary.


This is a copy of an article fro Music in Action magazine in which Antony discusses an approach of have students do group composition via a game of musical chairs. The basic concept is that students start by creating one part of the composition, and then the rest is built up by rotating the groups so that the next student has to respond to the first line, and so on. The concept could be used with any DAW sequencer or Audio Loop program.


This document demonstrates how to use GarageBand, an easy-to use, yet very powerful program, in the general music classroom to teach many musical skills and concepts along with providing basic skills in using music software. The key to working with music technology programs is the design of the curriculum. Most students are quite familiar with computers and can dive right in and figure out how to operate a program like GarageBand. That means step-by-step instruction is out. Instead consider project-based learning. A well-designed project will guide students to develop skills and concepts in such a way that they will retain the information. Sample projects, short cuts, and a short section on assessment are included.