Today we welcome back our great friend Mats Nermark from Sweden! Mats is a long time PreSonus user and has led the way in his area with his approach to education! Let’s hear what Mats has to say this week!
I have 30 guitar students per week and I realized that there’s not technical solution that allows me to play in time with the kind using Teams or similar tech. I also realized that I will not have time to tailor make 30 different lessons per week and make digital content for that. Especially since I only spend 50% of my time in the guitar department. The rest of the time, I run the Music Production courses with 24 students and they also need their teacher. So instead of making 30 different ”lesson packages”, one for each student I started thinking about making one lesson that would suit and inspire all 30 students no matter their progress and abilities.
I decided on making a lesson package consisting of the following:
a pdf with ”Getting Started” instructions
pdf sheet music with standard notation and tab
a recorded version of the tune
the same tune ”minus 1” to use a s a backing track (see more later)
a video where I explain the different steps in this particular lesson package
The solution lies in developing different steps. Steps from easy up to advanced so it can entertain and challenge all students, regardless of their level. All students start with step 1 and the progress through the steps as far as their interest and abilities can take them. The primary goal here is to keep playing fun and their musical interest alive.
Here are 5 typical steps and some reasoning behind them.
1. First I have selected a tune with a fairly simple melody that every one can play as long as they can read a tab.
And everybody should learn how to play simple melodies with expression and phrasing. You can’t get enough of that in my book.
2. A simple strumming accompaniment
3. A more advanced strumming accompaniment
4. A finger picking or stylistically appropriate accompaniment
5. Improvisation, what notes you can use and why. Stylistic tips and trick. This ties in with music theory, knowing your scales and how chords are constructed, etc.
Here is an example of one lesson pack broken down! (Lesson Example Files: Click Here)
Step 1: For example, I selected Freight Train in C. Simple melody enough for the beginner to get around but also a good base on which to start a discussion with the advanced students about phrasing and the importance of the pause and space.
Step 2: It also a song that’s easy to strum around a camp fire when camping, so we introduce basic strumming.
Step 3: I then created the backing track as a country tune which allows for some more advanced strumming.
Step 4: This brings in comping in the style of Luther Perkins who was the guitar player with Johnny Cash for many years.
Step 5: This is unlimited in scope as there’s improvisation in the country context with stylistic elements like chicken picking, double stops, playing in sixths, and the importance of practice alternate picking.
Thanks again to Mats for contributing! For More on Mats Nermark, Visit his website at: www.nermark.com
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With the rapid shift to online learning many educators are experiencing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many are scrambling to get their home office set up and ready to continue teaching their students. While working from the comfort of your home can seem great, it can often present challenges that you don’t see coming! Today we’ll take a look at a few considerations on setting up your home teaching space, so you can help to provide your students the best education possible!
Whether you already have a defined office space in your home, or you are just setting one up for the first time, there’s a few considerations to keep in mind:
Does it provide you with enough space to fit all of your essential items?
Is the space free of distractions to help you increase productivity?
If you are going to be doing video learning, does area in your background look tidy, clean, and not reveal anything you don’t want your students, administrators, or the public seeing?
Acoustically speaking, are you in an area that sounds fairly dry with minimal natural echo and in a quiet area of your home?
Once you’ve taken things into consideration and have chosen and refined your space, let’s next consider a couple additional factors:
If doing video, is your space lit in a way that brings light to your face, allowing you to be the focus and not your background?
Consider looking at a simple USB led light panel, or a led “ring” light if you need to brighten up things
Is your webcam providing good quality video, and at an angle that appears professional?
Consider looking at purchasing an external webcam, allowing you better quality video, and a better viewing angle. Options such as the Logitech C920 or Razer Kiyo are great options.
Most importantly (especially to us at PreSonus!), do you have a high quality audio solution?
For flexibility, simple solutions like our AudioBox USB 96 Studio Bundle or AudioBox iTwo Studio Bundle offer high quality, flexible combined audio hardware and software solutions. They include all of the cables and elements you need for capturing, editing, and listening to quality audio.
AudioBox 96 Studio Bundle
Last, let’s focus on your students!
Are they learning to edit audio as part of their process? If so, did you know there is a FREE resource available to them?
It’s Studio One Prime, the version of Studio One that always FREE, and available here: https://www.presonus.com/products/Studio-One
Are they getting the most from you as an educator?
Ask them how they are doing!
Ask them if your video or audio quality is meeting their needs!
Most importantly, be their champion and show them what a rockstar educator you are!
With the StudioLive AR and ARc mixers being popular with music teachers across the globe, the current shift to online streaming as a means for teaching is rapidly growing due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our friend Gregor has put together this fantastic video showing you how to put together a simple livestream utilizing OBS and a StudioLive AR or ARc Series Hybrid Mixer/Interface!
If you are a Notion 6 user or educator looking for content to use for your classes, you should totally be taking advantage of a powerful FREE resource available to you. It’s the Notion Score Library! There’s 200 public domain scores to explore, and even to perform in real time using the NTempo tapping feature!
To download the Notion Score Library:
1. Login to your my.presonus account
2. Navigate to “My Products” and Select the “Software Tab”
3. Select Notion 6
4. Scroll Down to “Downloads” and Select the “Misc” tab.
5. Download the Notion Score Library .zip File, and Enjoy!!!
For more information on Notion 6, visit: https://www.presonus.com/products/Notion
Here’s at PreSonus, we love creating possibilities. Speaking of possibilities, the recently updated StudioLive ARc series of Hybrid Mixer/Audio Interfaces pack tons of useful features for educational spaces! Whether its the classroom, the studio, or the field, there is a StudioLive ARc for every use case!
It’s that time of year, when marching band is in full swing, and we are happy to provide new resources for how to get the most out of your PreSonus speakers, whether they be the AIR Series, the ULT Series, or the CDL series! Be sure to check out the videos below for Evan’s quick tips on setting them up for the best coverage and power possible!
Get a DAW and Notation software on every computer for one fixed price
Getting the right software for your music department can be daunting but we are pleased to be able to offer an easy and manageable solution for your school or college network. Unlimited music software licenses are now available for both: Studio One 4®, our digital audio workstation (DAW) for electronic music, production and recording; and Notion 6™, our notation and performance application. Both Studio One and Notion are cross platform and can be installed on Windows and Mac.
Yup, the license is unlimited, meaning you don’t need to worry about exactly how many seats you’ll need or what happens when you add more computers – whether your site has 25 computers or 250. If fact you now don’t need to limit the software to the music department – get it installed on every computer in the school and compose and produce everywhere! Just tell us how many computers you think you will install on initially, and we will create a bespoke license for you.
Today, PreSonus Product Specialist Richard Gaspard walks us through how to setup wireless control on our StudioLive Series III Mixing Consoles! This is a particularly handy feature for getting your balance just right, whether its out on the football field, in your auditorium, or in the classroom!
Johnny Geib, a longtime friend of PreSonus and owner of HomeStudioTrainer.com, has created a fantastic masterclass for getting started with ATOM! Check it out to learn how you can put ATOM to use in the classroom, practice room, or anywhere!