Teaching our students about copyright law and fair use is not something we probably enjoy spending time on but it is, nonetheless something we need to do. Here are a few useful resources for teaching music students about the concept of copyright and how it applies to the use of musical compositions both in the classroom and at home.
I was digging for a font the other day to use with a PowerPoint presentation when I came across a very useful resource for music educators. Chances are that you already know about the Maestro font that Finale and similar music notation products use to display music noteheads on the screen, but did you know that there are many more music themed fonts that you can use for free on posters, handouts, and many more?
There was a time, not so long ago, that having a web site for your music program was considered cutting edge communication technology. Today though, over forty years after the birth of the Internet and in this age of instant information, having a simple, static web site just don’t seem to be adequate any more. The growth of text messaging and sites like Twitter, Facebook, and others have changed the way we communicate. At the same time our increased usage of smart phones and other mobile devices means that people are beginning to expect more from us than a simple static HTML web page. To really get our message out we have to be willing to get a little more social.
Recently Apple decided to make GarageBand a free app for the iPad. While this may seem like an awesome deal don't get too happy about it until you take a closer look. Apple, like so many other software companies, has adopted the freemium model for Garageband. What once cost $5 for all the bells and whistles is now free, but there is a BIG catch.
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