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Items by Jeff Tillinghast

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ChoralBlog: Using the iPad in Rehearsal? Kill Pop-ups and Notifications with Guided Access
Browsing the forums in ChoralNet, many of our members are sharing their thoughts and questions about using the iPad in rehearsal. Many of these uses are personal-- organization, notes, scores/sheet music or other individual uses. There are many cases, though, where the iPad might be used for the w...
ChoralBlog: Build Vocal Method Resources for your Singers to Develop Outside of Rehearsal
(imslp.org) The choral ensemble is a poor vehicle for teaching individual vocal technique. With the limited time we have in front of our groups, and hopefully a large number of singers eager to rehearse, taking rehearsal time to work on individual singing technique beyond a basic level (breath, ...
ChoralBlog: MusicFirst Aims for Complete Online Music Teaching Solution
Despite steps forward by standards such as Teoria and MusicTheory.net, theory and notation instruction software has yet to catch up to the types of software and services that would let music teachers take full advantage of 1-to-1 and BYOD teaching environments. MusicFirst is a new company with se...
ChoralBlog: Choral and Music Ed Blog Roundup
​ With all due respect to Twitter, there's no tool that is more powerful to my professional development as a teacher and musician than blogs. While the reflective process of writing for my own blog is extremely meaningful, I gain endless knowledge and inspiration from subscribing to the work share...
ChoralBlog: How I (Will Spend) My Summer Vacation
The academic and performing calendars are winding down, and jealous friends and family may be starting in with the inevitable "So what will you do this summer?" As a colleague phrased it last week, those of us following the academic calendar tend to fall into two types: "put the work away, give it ...
ChoralBlog: Write On! New Touchscreen Tablet PC's
(Microsoft Surface Pro 2, microsoft.com)   This week Microsoft announced the third generation of their Surface Tablet PC, and the attention it garnered shows that the market is starting to mature for these hybrid devices, which combine the processing power of a laptop with the touchscreen interf...
ChoralBlog: New Google Drive Features Open New Choral Possibilities
  Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) is a very powerful tool for sharing files and information amongst large groups or multiple devices. Whether through your own Google account or through a Google Apps for Education (or Business) system, using Google Drive lets you create entire folder/file str...
ChoralBlog: Guest Post: Hymnary.org
ChoralNet member CJ Redden-Liotta proposed and generously provided this article on one of his favorite research tools. Do you have a topic that you'd like to offer as a ChoralTech guest post? Contact Jeff Tillinghast if you're interested in sharing a resource with the ChoralNet community as a gues...
ChoralBlog: The Language of the Discipline: Filling their Ears
Many of us in the field have a huge responsibility to the musicians in our ensembles: we are the channels of everything wonderful about our choral tradition, through which our singers learn about the history and future of composition, performance traditions and culture of music. If you went through ...
ChoralBlog: What are You Listening To?
In the early days of listening to music on the Internet, the only available offerings were those "commercially viable" genres that could attract enough attention to warrant the high set-up and operation costs. Now that streaming music online has become standard and widespread, there are wonderful so...
ChoralBlog: What Fair Use Is (and Isn't)
(commons.wikimedia.org)   A teacher came to me last week asking if it was copyright-compliant to download a YouTube video to show in an upcoming concert. "After all," she surmised, "it's publicly viewable already, and we're a school, so it's fair use, right?" Fair Use is that aspect of U.S. copyr...
ChoralBlog: Vowel Shapes and Computer Analysis
A collaboration between the University of Rochester Computer Science and Eastman School of Music departments has come up with an interesting vocal teaching tool: [video]​    (University of Rochester Newsroom)   Obviously analyzing one voice is far different than ana...
ChoralBlog: A ChoralTech Shift
(gettyimages: mstay / iStock Vectors) Over the past couple of years, we've touched on a wide range of technology uses in our field: rehearsal management, choral operations, delivering music and feedback to our musicians, recording and performing. With a few exceptions such as our series on creating ...
ChoralBlog: Make Score Prep Videos with Explain Everything
Do you send out score marking instructions to your singers? Many conductors have a set of markings that they want every singer to have in their score: cutoffs, changes to rhythm or diction, accents and dynamic changes, or paticular tempi to observe. Rather than send those on a sheet of paper, or t...
Comment: Re: Tuning the Room (and your ears)
This is a great point-- once you start building out a rack, this is one of the (I think) essential elements of a good sound system.
ChoralBlog: Turn your Mac into a Sheet Music Database
Tired of the piles of music that you collect after a reading session? Wish you could remember where to find a particular motet or chant? It sometimes seems like devising a personal system for organizing your scores and octavos is a rite of passage for choral directors, and there are myriad strategie...
ChoralBlog: Tuning the Room (and your ears)
(commons.wikimedia.org)   When setting up for the concert, we are often faced with trying to set up microphones and a sound system as well as the risers or stage. You flip the switch on the board, and either the high squeal or low rumble of feedback fills the room. What is wrong? Often, whether d...
Comment: Re: Choose Your Tool Wisely: Mics, Directions and Reading the Poles
Ed-- you bring up a good point here, and it speaks to how sound is managed during the concert or performance. I do like the idea of "adjusting hearing expectations." In the sound production/engineering world, the pop/rock styles strive for "maxxing out" sound-- filling every available bit of audio s...
ChoralBlog: Choose Your Tool Wisely: Mics, Directions and Reading the Poles
I attended a concert recently from a large regional choir. As often happens with large ensembles and performance halls, a single solo mic was brought down front for one piece. When it came time for the soloist, though, it was not one singer that approached the mic but a trio. Even before the trio su...
ChoralBlog: Advertising, Social Media and Streamlining
(fredcavazza.net via Flickr) Do you use social media outlets to advertise your events? It's a simple goal to advertise our concerts and fundraisers using social media, but unpacking all of the terms, strategies, services and options available can become a full-time job, and one that seems ve...
ChoralBlog: Use Word Clouds to Show Important Text
(Word Cloud of Beatles' singles: LEOL30,Flickr.com)   Whether implicitly or explicitly, the pieces that we select for our concerts tell a story and convey meaning. As conductors, choosing areas of text to emphasize or using specific diction can be part of our toolkit to communicate our interpret...
ChoralBlog: Google Sites Host Your Choir's Resources
We've talked in the past about setting up websites for sharing your choir's information with the world, but you might want a website for a different purpose: sharing information internally with your choir. There are some immediate benefits to having a central place where all of your musicians can ac...
ChoralBlog: Just Add Singers: iPad Recipes for Audio Recording
   (edtechteacher.org)   So far in discussing iOS, we've talked about some of the microphone options, as well as some of the apps available. Many people using the iPad, though, get limited in the possibilities of iOS by working only within one app space. We talked about t...
ChoralBlog: Beyond GarageBand: iOS Recording
Last week, we talked about some microphone options and ways to get audio into an iPad. There are a wide range of setups, from a simple single microphone to a full digital audio workstation, that let you record the audio that you want to work with and share. The next question is what apps to use to r...
ChoralBlog: Recording High-Quality Audio on your iOS
The iPad or iPhone are, out of the box, perfectly capable "home movie" devices, and can create decent video or audio recordings of your ensemble with the built-in camera app. Using a combination of some basic retail accessories and a couple of workarounds, though, you can make the iPad a fairly p...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Storing and Sharing
Are you still handing out practice CD's? Are you not handing out anything at all? The ease of sharing audio with our singers has blown up the idea of the practice tape, and offers myriad ways to customize a practice resource depending on what you want to accomplish. Chris Russell wrote a pos...
ChoralBlog: New Instruments and Soundmakers
 (image: commons.wikimedia.org)   The only instrument that can match the sheer range of sounds available to the human voice is the synthesizer. While not capable of the incredible variation of tone, timbre and resonance of the voice, the synthesizer has a similar capability to create...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: The 60 Second, In Rehearsal, Temperature Check
 (image: www.contactology.com)   In the middle of a rehearsal, it's useful to be able to stop and get some feedback from the ensemble. Gauging the ensemble's comfort level with a particular section, understanding of text, or even asking about the internal sound of a section from the singer's per...
ChoralBlog: Videoconferen-sing Your Ensemble
We are often trapped in "silos" with our ensembles-- rehearsing and performing as one unit amongst ourselves, but not easily capable of sharing rehearsal and performance laterally with other ensembles. Internet-based videoconferencing is one way that we can break out of this mold and share our rehea...
ChoralBlog: Data and the Practicing Musician
One of the great hallmarks of the mobile computing era is the role of data in everyday lives. The omnipresence of computing devices means that an enormous amount of data is being generated, in real-time, as well as being analyzed. This data doesn't just have to be quantitative (or "number...
ChoralBlog: Text from Twitter?
Most of the conversation we have about using technology in the choral world involves the process: doing things more effectively or efficiently to manage or operate the choir. Setting aside the process, we should remember that technology can affect the product, too: the actual choral performance. Giv...
ChoralBlog: Getting the Most out of ChoralNet
As a regular ChoralNet visitor, you know the wide range of resources, discussions and information crossing through the site on a regular basis. Many users don't take advantage of the features that ChoralNet offers to keep this information in a useful, efficient and customized format. Just like any i...
Comment: Re: 5 Steps to Choral Public Domain Library Mastery
Emily-- Unfortunately, there isn't really a dynamic search option that would let you do what you suggest. It just takes a little navigation time.
ChoralBlog: 5 Steps to Choral Public Domain Library Mastery
  The Choral Public Domain Library is an enormous resource for programming, research and teaching examples in the choral arts. Even pieces which have wide commercial distribution benefit from CPDL by offering multiple interpretations of text, different historical presentation types and a varie...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Use Spotify to share music with your musicians
Sharing audio examples with our singers is a great way to reinforce the "choral language" out of the rehearsal room. Singers with examples of choral tone, other language singing, or stylistic differences in genre and era will be more able to recall and execute them in the rehearsal a...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Easy for You to Say!
(tx.english-ch.com)   We've talked several times about easy ways to share audio examples with your ensemble, and ways for your singers to share recordings back with you. While we all strive to support our musicians to be independent as much as possible, there are always limiting factors: time, bo...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Storing (and Moving) Big Audio/Video Files
E-mail is a great tool for sending text and documents to each other, but before too long, you'll run up against one of its limitations: you can't send big files with it. For most users, that's not a huge issue, but when we want to send large bits of audio or video to our musicians, we can get in tro...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: The Creative Commons, and a Different Way to Share
(wikipedia.org)   As conductors, both we and our ensembles generate a tremendous amount of information - some of it in aural or visual performance, some of it in our research and program notes, and some in our presentations, journal notes and articles for professional organizations. In the past, ...
Comment: Re: ChoralTech: The Modern Conductor
Thanks-- this is a great point! The navigation of, and evaluation of, online information sources is definitely a key competency.
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: The Modern Conductor
(Howtosurviveschool101.blogspot.com)   As an educational technologist, I spend a lot of time working with teachers on skills necessary for teaching and learning in the "modern school environment." These skills or competencies add new tools to a professional's toolbox in ord...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: On Soloists and Microphones
The SM-58. Do you have this mic? Is it the only one you have? (Shure.com)   We spend our hours crafting sound. We build and polish the blend of the ensemble to create a tone which fits the performance style we want, while balancing the strengths of our musicians, until we have the sound that we ...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: How Do You Get Your ChoralNet?
You may have noticed that ChoralBlog has been expanding recently-- adding guest bloggers and trying to spread our scope to present as comprehensive a discussion of choral topics as possible. For many people, ChoralBlog is the most obvious (or even the only?) part of ChoralNet, but our increased focu...
ChoralBlog: Use Lang-8 to Help Foreign Text Translation
There are a variety of great tools online to help with foreign language text. Google Translate, for example, can help us determine the meaning of a musically-important word in a text setting, and great online dictionaries abound. Of course, many great editions give text translations out of the box...
ChoralBlog: Choral Tech: Surviving (and Thriving!) at Conference
National Conference time is upon us! For those of us who love conference time as an opportunity to recharge our inspiration, add new tools and literature to our toolboxes, and meet or reconnect with our peers, it's an exciting week ahead. It's also an exhausting one-- It often seems like eve...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Never Hand Out Anything Again
Handing out paper in a rehearsal is almost always a disaster: the sound of shuffling papers, the inevitable "I lost it," always having too many copies or not enough, typos that aren't discovered until it's too late… Let's take a couple of minutes and get rid of this "handing out notes" chaos fore...
ChoralBlog: Guest ChoralTech: I Have a Website, Now What?
Guest ChoralTech Blogger Seth Garrepy has taken us through why we need a website, and how to purchase one-- in the third and final part of this DIY Website Crash Course, Seth tells us what to do with it once we have one!   “I Have a Website, Now What?”   In the ...
ChoralBlog: Guest ChoralTech: DIY Websites--Buy This, Get a Website
  Does your choir need a website? Yes! Yes, it does! This is the second in ChoralTech Guest Blogger Seth Garrepy's series on DIY Web Design. Check out his first article while you're at it, and come back next week for the thrilling conclusion.   “Buy this, Get a Website”   ...
ChoralBlog: Guest ChoralTech: A DIY Website Crash Course
  Have you wondered about having a website for your group? Not sure where to begin? Decided "it ain't for me?" Today is the first of a series from guest ChoralTech blogger Seth Garrepy on how to build your own choral website. “Your choir needs a websit...
ChoralBlog: Reflections from the world of Educational Technology
(theproducersperspective.com) I write this week from the Florida Educational Technology Conference.   As a conductor first, and an educational technologist second, I am always fascinated by the angst of the ed. tech world: So much of the educational technology realm is seeking to take conten...
ChoralBlog: Tablets in the Choir Room - If I Had...
(doublebassguide.net)   In the forums, on Twitter, and even here on ChoralBlog, many of us are trying to answer the age-old question of technology: Yeah, it's fun, but what do I do with it? Personally, I'm not yet convinced that the iPad or similar tablets should replace our...