Essential Musical “PPE”

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Programs

Creative ways Music Impact Network Members are adapting Programs to keep their participants from getting “Zoomed Out”. Try these best practices for virtual or hybrid programming:

Transitioning to Virtual Programming

Virtual Programming Starter Resources

Customizable templates for Zoom settings, staff guidelines, parent permission forms, sample email communications, and more

Icebreaker 

Household Foley 

Zoom session icebreaker – the participant with the most realistic sound effect wins!

Production and Instrument Programming  

4 “Masked” Music Production Ideas

Is social distancing limiting your studio collabs? Encourage youth to make beats with anonymous producers adding an element of mystery

3 Virtual Programs Using Flipgrid

Participants create short videos and contribute to virtual ensemble, songwriting, and open mic projects

4 Virtual Programming Ideas

One approach for Group Instrument Lessons on Zoom, Virtual Production Sessions, and Virtual “concerts”

Virtual Listening Party

“Open mic” style event for producers, songwriters and instrumentalists to showcase their talents and creativity

Simple Website Portfolio

Participants create a simple Google Site using drag and drop templates to showcase who they are and their personal/musical achievements

Portable

Equipment

Social distancing is challenging for small facilities. “Expand your walls” and involve more participants by making music in the gym or even outside with these Portable Equipment solutions

Portable Music Production Station

Everything needed to make beats and record on the go.

Can be set up anywhere (e.g. outside, gyms, etc) – Easy to clean and sanitize – Equipment is 100% battery operated – Mounted/packaged in lightweight portable cases 

Instrument Loaner Program

Give your participants access to instruments and production equipment to help them continue to make music at home.

Portable and Battery Powered Equipment

Solutions to leverage your existing music equipment and make music anywhere

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The “Back to School Backpack” features program resources and ideas including Fun musical Icebreakers, New Student Orientation tools, Programs, Projects and Performance ideas, and cool gear you could buy. – Originally posted – Fall 2019

Stay@Home – Play@Home is a curated a list of programs and resources that will help your organization and participants transition to virtual programming – Originally posted – Spring 2020


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3 Virtual Programs Using Flipgrid

Participants create short videos and contribute to virtual ensemble, songwriting, and open mic projects

The novelty of ZOOM is wearing off but many music programs still need virtual solutions to engage their participants.  Flipgrid is a simple, free, and accessible video discussion experience for educators and their participants.  Basically, an “Instagram” type of platform where participants can record and share short videos with their peers while ultimately you control who has access to the projects. 

In addition… 

  • Requires a free subscription and Flipgrid App – https://info.flipgrid.com
    • Music Staff email used to subscribe must be a .org or .edu email domain
    • Participants can use any email to join
  • Benefits of Flipgrid: 
    • Many schools already use it – youth are familiar with it
    • Not public – Videos are only available to participants, staff and parents that you invite 
    • It’s playful and fun (e.g. video effects) 
    • No video/audio compression 
    • Simple and accessible (easier than uploading to google drive, etc)

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How to… 

Example #1 – Virtual Ensemble We’ve all seen the “grid” style virtual ensemble videos and while professional musicians might be able to pull this off with nothing but a key signature and click track, young beginners may need some additional support. 

Example Flipgrid Topic – https://flipgrid.com/cb183dd4
  • Decide on a song and key (cover song or original) 
  • Download professional backing track 
  • Create an audio “Conductor Track” (in a DAW) to help virtually conduct your participants with: 
    • Correct Key
    • Tempo/Click track
    • Song Form verbal cues and count-ins 
    • Performance instructions (e.g. “Don’t forget to smile”, etc) 
    • Video cues (e.g. “turn off your video… now”) 
  • Upload Conductor Track to Flipgrid and share topic link and instructions with your participants 
  • Each participant then “Records a Response” using their cell phone
    • Video of themselves playing along with or singing along with the Conductor Track 
  • Participant instructions (to sync audio and video): 
    • Open Flipgrid App – Click “Record a Response”
    • Open the Conductor Track in Google Drive – press play 
    • Count along with the 1 or 2 measures of the Conductor Track (e.g. “1, 2, 3, 4”) before starting to play or sing. Counting will help sync the audio/video from other participant’s videos 
    • Switch back to Flipgrid to view yourself while recording 
  • Tips for recording in Flipgrid
    • Use your cell phone and a set of earbuds that have a built in microphone
      • This will isolate the audio and video of each participant’s performance 
    • Invite vocalists and instrumentalists to participating until you have a complete track
    • Provide participants with video feedback and have them re-record if necessary 
    • Edit the performances together in iMovie, Final Cut or other video editing software
    • Post for participants, staff and families to see
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Portable and Battery Powered Equipment

NOTE: Any featured products are based on the experience and opinions of Network members and Music & Youth. We do not receive any financial benefit from the vendors to promote their products. We just thought they were helpful and you might like ’em. 

Solutions to leverage your existing music equipment and make music anywhere 

Guitar Amp

Roland Micro Cube Amp – $160

• Only six pounds • Compact • Runs on 6 AA batteries or AC adapter • 8 DSP effects • 8 COSM amp models • Built-in chromatic tuner,

Piano

Yamaha Piaggero NP-12 – $200

• Great Sound • Built-in speakers • Runs on 6 AA batteries

Pa Speaker

Behringer MPA40BT-Pro – $270

• 40W All-in-one Battery-powered PA System • 4-channel Mixer • Bluetooth Connectivity • Wireless System Integration • Carry Handle • 12-hour Battery

Drums

Pearl Compact Traveler with Bag – $280

• Compact • 2-piece Acoustic Drum Kit (with 10″ Mounted Snare and 18″ Bass Drum) • Carrying Case • Works with your existing cymbals, pedals and hardware

Icebreaker Games

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Get Your Participants Talking

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2020 NAMM Products for You to Check Out

NAMM 2020 Finds

The Music & Youth Initiative team went to NAMM in search for new gear – Below are some products that we thought were interesting…

Check them out for your music program!

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Studio Gear

Sonarworks Reference 4 with Mic – $299
Software that calibrates your studio monitors and “tunes” your studio

Kaotica Eyeball pop filter – $200
Make any room sound great – part pop filter, part reflection shield

Software / Plug-ins

Pro Apps Bundle (Education) – $200
Includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage

Soundtoys 5 Academic – $250
Take your mixes to the next level with these plugins

Guitar / Bass

D’Addario Dual-Lock Strap Lock – $4
Help prevent participants from accidentally dropping guitars

Complete Guitar Maintenance Kit – $80
Everything you need to keep your instrument playing and sounding its best

Drums

Yamaha Stage Custom Hip – $700
Cost-effective and big sound in a compact configuration (ideal for tight spaces)


Big Fat Snare Drum “Quesadilla”
 – $60

Cloth overlay helps control tone and volume without sacrificing the feel of real drums

Cymbals

Zildjian L80 Low Volume Box Set – $250
REAL cymbals with 80% less volume – great for practice and rehearsals

Drummer’s Survival Kit – $20
Commonly misplaced items like cymbal felts, washers, tension rods and drum key

Keys

BOSS FS-5U foot switch – $60
Very durable and compact sustain pedal

On-Stage KT7800+ Deluxe Bench – $65
Comfortable and durable – this bench will ensure participants keep practicing

Sound / PA

Esinkin Bluetooth Audio Adapter – $25
Add wireless/bluetooth streaming to any PA system or speakers

QSC Touchmix 8 mixer – $1000
K10.2 10″ Powered Speakers – $700

Pricey? – Yes. Worth it? – YES!!

DJ

Pioneer DJ DDJ-SR2 controller – $700
Everything you need to start a DJ/Turntable program!

Serato DJ Software – Free (w/ turntables) 
Industry standard DJ software

Just for Fun

Dropmix – $35 (Amazon)
Virtual DJ card game offers a fun break from the routine while still engaging in music

Makey Makey – $50
Make a bananas midi controller. Non-threatening way to introduce beat making

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Step by Step Process – From Practice to Performance

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Here are ways that Music Impact Network members plan Instrument Programming while working towards an end of semester performance.

Step #1 – Skip the theory… have beginners play right away! 

NEW PARTICIPANT ORIENTATION PROCESS
Show participants the “need to know” information to get playing and have success right away 
USING THE NASHVILLE NUMBER SYSTEM TO CREATE BANDS
Skip instrument “lessons” and get participants to play in bands from day #1

Step #2 – Help participants master skills by providing regularly scheduled instruction

4 STEPS TO IMPLEMENT WORKSHOPS
Make a plan to help your participants master their instruments

“KARATE BELT” REWARD SYSTEM
Help your participants earn a musical “black belt” – They level up each time they learn a new skill

Step #3 – Recitals are so old school… here’s a new take on performances

PERFORMANCE GAMES
Fun (and sneaky) ways to help participants conquer stage fright
OPEN MIC NIGHTS
Youth-led monthly open mic night that participants will look forward to

Bonus – You may also want to try these…

EQUIPMENT ORIENTATION WORKSHEETS
Get beginners playing in 10 minutes
“STICKY” INSTRUMENT CHALLENGES
Gamify your music program – have participants “unlock” daily musical challenges
VIP BAND PROGRAM
Exclusive workshops for most dedicated players
FREE METHOD BOOKS FOR BEGINNERS
Specifically for after-school music programs
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