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Primary School -- committing to a pilot to
run in Terms 1 and 2 in 2009.
A Song Room teaching artist was placed in
each school to work with students and teach-
ers, concentrating on music composition skills
using a piece of software called Audacity.
Students developed their ow n compositions
and shared their work on the Ping website,
where space was provided for students and
teachers to comment, collaborate and give
feedback. This in-class work was supple-
mented by online video-conferencing work-
shops with expert musicians from the MSO
and Orchestra Victoria based in Melbourne.
The online music workshops, webcast from
the studios of Melbou rne radio station
3MBS, were one of the most keenly antici-
pated parts of the project.
When MSO cellist Rohan de Korte spent
time with the students using online class-
room software Elluminate, the students
were able to listen and watch him play, and
then ask questions and make comments by
typing into the chat window.
The impact on the students of such
direct access to the musicians was obvi-
ous and immediate, judging by some of the
com ments on the Ping website. One Year
7 student was inspired to add some cello
sounds into her composition. As she put it,
'Today in Information and Communication
Technology, I created a new piece of music!
I think this is my best one so far! This
music features the, dun nu , dun nu, from
Jaws! Also slow soft sounds and other cello
noises! I made this music after we watched
and listened to Rohan in Melbourne.'
A Year 6 student put it more simply:
'Today we watched Rohan De Korte play
the cello. It was the best thing ever.'
A student blog
Another key part of the project was the use
of a blog that allowed students and teach-
ers to share, collaborate and com ment on
composition work they'd created as part
of their work with The Song Room teach-
One student posted a piece of music he'd
composed about a baby crying and asked
other students if they could create a second
part in which the baby fell asleep.
'The feedback was rather amazing,'
says Anne Mirtschin, a teacher from
Hawkesdale P12 College. 'It's something
that as a teacher I never actively sought,
until I started using Web 2.0. The kids just
seem to do it naturally.'
'The most important thing to explain about
the technology side of the project is the sim-
plicity,' says McKerral. 'All the software
we used was off the shelf and either free or
already purchased by the (DEECD) for the
use of schools.'
For example, the Elluminate virtual
classroom software that was used for the
online music workshops was supplied
by the DEECD from its existing licences.
The Audacity software, used by the stu-
dents to create their compositions, is free,
open-source software, which many schools
already have installed.
'The only real issue we faced was band-
width,' explains McKerral. 'The live video
conferencing did stretch the bandwidth
capacity of some schools, but hopefully this
will become less of an issue over time.'
The other issue with bandwidth was that
the three participating secondary schools all
charged their students for internet usage. As
Ping uses a large amount of bandwidth per
student, some students ended up either pay-
Getting the baby to sleep
5 Responses to "getting the baby to sleep"
I used music from Ping eg Cello and Percussion to make this and I got
one sound effect from a program we have at school that was the man
screaming. I would like for one of you to end my music which the
theme is getting the baby to sleep. I want you to put the baby to
sleep for me.
April 28th, 2009 at 9:59 pm
It is a pity that you could not actually get a baby crying sound. Did you
try to change the pitch?
May 4th, 2009 at 2:32 pm
i laughed at the screaming man part,
the rest was a sweet,
May 4th, 2009 at 2:28 pm
It sounds really wired. At the start is the baby crying.
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