This lecture started off with another challenge, much like last week. Log into your computer, load up a program called Drumbit on chrome, figure out what it does….
Drumbit, designed by João Santos is an online, browser based drum machine (or step sequencer if you want to get really specific). It is fairly customisable and very easy to work. We were all creating ‘sick beats’ in no time. You can also download them as mp3, potentially to record or perform over them.
We then had a second challenge, another browser based (but this time not free) drum program, O-Generator. This one was similar, but I found not as intuitive/easy to use. It was a cool conept, setting up the loops in a circular layout is something that could make that concept really clear to kids.
We then looked at a whole lot of other ‘DJ-ing hardware and software’ and generally had a good play. A very enjoyable lecture over all, that has given me more insight into the beats played at the clubs.
But why are we learning to use these more advanced technologies? It’s not like I can afford or have a deep wish to drop the money on the tools needed. It’s not likely that my future school will have access to everything we have seen each lecture. Definitely if I do end up having access to the tools I will be implementing them as soon as I can in the classroom.
The reading by Challis, The DJ Factor, for the week really explained why. It is important to know how to connect and engage with the sophistication of the music of our students cultures. The students need to know you as their teacher both appreciate and encourage the bringing in of their musical identity into the classroom. As a generation that has grown up with technology these tech music cultures are a given in their lives.
The concept of musical enculturation refers to the acquisition of musical skills and knowledge by immersion in the everyday music and musical practices of one’s social context. Almost everyone in any social context is musically encultured. It cannot be avoided because we cannot shut our ears, and we therefore come into contact with the music that is around us, not only by choice but by default. (Green as quoted by Challis, 2007, p. 66)
Challis, M. (2001). The DJ Factor: Teaching Performance and Composition from Back to Front. In Burnard, P., & Finney, J (Ed.), Music Education with Digital Technology. London: