Essential Questions

  • How might technology mediate musical engagement?
  • What is hybrid musical engagement? What does it mean for music teaching and learning?
  • How might technology be leveraged to overcome the obstacles of physical separation in a musical context?
  • How might a project like this look in a future music teaching context?



You are all part of a musical group that is taking a much needed month break from each other post-touring. Your locations are varied and far apart from each other. While you are separated you receive an email from your agent stating she has been contacted with an opportunity that cannot be passed up. You need to send in a demo recording for a feature film and time is of the essence. The director has contacted your band because they like your sound and catalog but they do have some stipulations:

  • They don’t care if it is a cover or an original.
  • They like the mix of acoustic and digital sound.
  • They need 30 seconds of music but need at least 2 minutes to choose from.
  • Deadline is 4 weeks from now.

Undergraduate Music Education Studies

Detailed Project Criteria

  • Each project must include both acoustic & digital sound
  • You must demonstrate how any existing music or sound used in your project is used legally in accordance with copyright, fair use or other appropriate licensing mechanisms.
  • Every person in the group should participate in the process collaboratively. This should be reflected in the final “exhibition”, in the collaborative (and personal portfolio) reflection document, attendance and participation.
  • You will be placed in the bands.
  • You can build upon existing knowledge and skills but must demonstrate growth and learning with technology as well as practices with which you have little knowledge or experience. Also please use secondary instruments.
  • Every group needs to create a shared reflective google doc that archives the process (i.e. decisions, questions, challenges, etc.)
  • You must use more than one kind of microphone. You need to be able to describe the difference between the types of microphones that you used and describe what the affordances/constraints of each.
  • Leverage the use of any digital media or collaborative software that you think will help you accomplish your goals.
  • You must use at least one midi instrument.
  • You must use a sample or found sound.
  • Each project must be posted to a collaborative YouTube playlist.
  • Each member of the group must complete a 2 page reflection in which you discuss how each parameter was fulfilled, how might you modify this project in a future teaching context and what you learned/discovered through the project.  

Technology Guidelines

An approach for structuring assistance when integrating technology:

  1. Read the manual or help section
  2. Use other available resources
  3. Leverage your PLN (Professional Learning Network)
  4. Search for information
  5. Add your question to a help forum (physical or online)
  6. Share what you learned (physical space or online social space)

Project Plan Submitted by Isaac Bickmore. Isaac is a professor of music education at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg Missouri.