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A ChoralTech Shift

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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 a web site, these have all been solely from my perspective as a high school choral teacher and educational technologist. While that wouldn't be a limitation in a more traditional academic field, using technology is inherently a personal strategy (whether it's a microphone or Twitter): what works great for one person may not for the next. To give us the broadest sense of how technology is used in the choral world today, and where it's going and taking us in the next few years, we require more voices: more perspectives, different expertise and diverse experiences throughout our field.
 
Starting in a couple of weeks, you'll see many more guest contributors to ChoralTech. I hope that you'll be one of them. Whether you are an early adopter with tales from the front line to share, or a baby-stepper who can share experience learning and adapting to a new tool or workflow (whether reluctantly or no), your perspective and reflections could be hugely valuable to someone with the same questions or issues. I'll work with any contributors to help turn ideas into a post and handle the "mechanics." In addition to those of us within the ChoralNet community, I'll be bringing in guest articles from elsewhere in music technology in an effort to make sure that we get the broadest range of experience possible. 
 
While it's been an honor to have an open forum from which to lecture (and I do love giving a good lecture!), we know that in the end our field is one of ensembles and collaboration. To torture the analogy, it's time to move ChoralTech from a soloist to an ensemble performance. I'm excited to bring out as many voices through this process as possible. Again, if you have experience as a learner or seasoned vet in any area of music technology (live sound, recording/publising, management, professional development, etc.), I hope that you'll let me know what you'd like to share. Feel free to share in the comments below, or send me a message by clicking on the mail icon next to my name above.
on March 21, 2014 5:54am
I'm interested in contributing, but not sure exactly when.  I think that something for the fall would be best, since I'm in my first year at a new school right now, and all the spring concerts are coming up.  There are a couple things I'd like to share:  first, I've created a google site for my choral classes, from which I am able to disseminate information, learning tools, blog our daily lesson plans (with make-up work assignments for those who miss), and share videos and photos of my choirs in performance and rehearsal.  The need for this arose because of crisis in Venezuela, where I teach.  About 30-60% of students were unable to attend classes for several weeks in February, and I needed a way to keep my groups on track for learning music.  It took a lot of work at first, but now it is part of my routine, and it's fun.  Have a look:  https://sites.google.com/a/ecak12.com/eca-chorus/   You won't be able to see all my resources on the site, because some of it is password protected, another possibility with Google sites. 
 
Another topic I'd like to talk about it a song-writing unit I'm developing for my middle school and high school choirs.  This unit is fully technology integrated.  It uses flipped lessons so students can work at their own pace, and various composition and audio editing software.  I will be teaching this for the first time in May, so I can reflect and refine over the summer.  
 
Let me know if you'd be interested in having either of these topics, and whether or not this could work for contributions next fall.  Brandon