At the American School of Paris we use Noteflight Classroom for collaborative music composition in elementary classes. There is an archive from past years here


This year we have started several group compositions and will continue next year with our "Composing for Change" project that will involve students' collaborations both locally and globally, as our young composers relocate to everywhere in the world and introduce others to the project. We shall involve mentors - other older and more experienced students, teachers and professional musicians to moderate and expand the activity. We hope to have some tangible results to present in time for this year's Global Education Conference and future events such as ECIS Annual Conference, ASB Unplugged etc.

Elluminate would considerably extend our possibilities for synchronous project mapping, chatting and archiving at scheduled moments where our present connection is mainly asynchronous and can be misleading without a moderator.

While the OPUS domain is limited to its participants due to privacy issues we shall be posting work-in-progress and these links will be added in the comment sections below in the coming weeks.

Thanks for opening up this possibility for driving new ideas with the powerful tool that is Blackboard Collaborate - with the inspirational leadership of people like Steve!

Chris Chater

Music Teacher & Educational Web Coordinator

American School of Paris

 

Example - Project led by Karen (Grade 4 student)

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Comment by Chris Chater on July 31, 2011 at 8:29am
Sounds like a worthy gift for your mom. Updating the tradition - your daughter may appreciate Rowan Atkinson's version of piano mime: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soxQzU7uERg
Comment by Frankie Kam on July 31, 2011 at 8:23am

I never heard of this VB until last month. Amazing man, although he was mostly away from home performing. Still he was a maestro at the piano and a brilliant comic.

My mom is getting baptised this coming Sunday 7/8/2011. I am thinking of downloading some good Victor Borges Youtube videos and then converting them to AVI format and lastly burning them into a DVD. Should make a nice present. My 8-year old daughter scored 121/150 (merit) for her Grade2 piano exam. So I'm thinking of introducing her to VB as well. See if she'll chuckle.

Comment by Chris Chater on July 31, 2011 at 8:03am
Frankie, I grew up with Victor Borge and Gerard Hoffnung on the family radio - before we had TV or record players, so these are sweet memories. No musician should be so stuffy as to be unable to make fun of themselves and STILL maintain a sense of excellence.
Comment by Frankie Kam on July 5, 2011 at 3:48pm

Nice graphics! When I think of music, especially classical music, I think of Victor Borges.

I spent 5 hours building this. Hope you like it.

http://scm.moodleace.com/mod/mplayer/view.php?id=3236
Username: student
Password: moodle

Comment by Joe Blum on July 5, 2011 at 1:48pm
Sounds like a great project! I wish you much luck. Should you ever need help with language training, think of us. That's what we do at http://gelf.us.

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