Thursday, August 25, 2011


Written by author, composer, and music educator, Dr. Scott Watson

On August 16, 2011, broadcast a live webcast with author, composer, and music educator, Dr. Scott Watson, in which he discussed his new book, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (from Oxford University Press). Watson was joined by fellow Alfred composer/band director, Chris Bernotas.

Watson’s book begins, “It has never been easier or more fun for your students to compose, improvise, arrange, and produce music-related projects. Why?” Watson’s book-length answer to this question is described by reviewer Chad Criswell at (August 2011) as, "a wealth of information, lesson plans, and innovative ideas intended to get music teachers thinking of new and creative ways to use the technology they have at their disposal to increase the creative opportunities that they provide to their students…Scott Watson's innovative spirit and forward thinking attitude toward the use of technology in music education is refreshing and inspiring."

Although the book is aimed at all music educators and has lots of great information and ideas for general and elective music, Watson and Bernotas also discuss many topics of special interest to instrumental music teachers, including: great methods and reasons for digital audio recording in music education, free Web-based music apps (such as Noteflight), creativity-based music learning, using wikis, composer/artist video-conferencing, and more.

Dr. Scott Watson

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