I’m sharing three presentations on Saturday in Plano, Texas, at the TCEA Region 10/11 Area Technology Conference. One that I’ll be sharing for the first time is titled “Digital Music Creation: Engage, Inspire, Have Fun!” The session description is:

Digital natives typically love music, and once they have learned how many LOVE to create their own music. In this session, we’ll explore tools like Garageband (and others for Windows and Linux systems) which permit student authoring of original music compositions: No prior musical background required! We’ll explore how students can legally obtain Creative Commons (CCMixter) shared music created by others, which can be remixed and mashed into new creations. Join the digital music revolution, and invite your students to do the same! It’s legal, it’s fun, it’s engaging, and the process helps cultivate development of a wide host of 21st century literacy skills that students need for success in the future!

I put together my outline for the session with links this evening. I’ll be presenting with my 8 year old son, and am really looking forward to this! We’ll be showing how teachers and students can use Garageband as well as free Windows-based digital music software (Sony Acid XPress and Fruity Loops) to create original music, mostly with loops.

If you have other suggestions for links (and especially tutorials or good examples of student-created digital music) please let me know by commenting here.

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