iPad Orchestra!

Via iPad in Canada

The University of Regina debuts their iPad orchestra. This is an initiative  that originates from a “Creative technologies” class. How freaking cool would it be to take a creative technologies class? Pretty darn cool…

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My youngest daughter went on a field trip to her class recently to the Société des Arts Technologiques and came home raving about her experience. The best part for her was making music with the various devices as well as trying her hand at DJing (she got to scratch an old Disney’s Snow White record, which in my opinion was made to be scratched.)

I thought of this when I read the above article. I think sometimes I forget, with my emphasis on the iPad being a tool, that it can also  be used in extremely creative ways. It also begs the question about music and music education and where is it going. If Angèle Dubeau can see the beauty in new media and make an album where she interprets game music (yes, the angry birds theme is there!), how could we use the iPad to push the boundaries of our student’s creativity?

This reminds me of another thing- this last weekend we had our annual Christmas party at our house. The house was crowded, with a gaggle of teenage girls roaming around. My daughter had her iPad and by the end of the evening, the girls had made a professional looking movie trailer (it was a horror film where they had to run away from the dessert). They were not glued to a screen as they were in previous years, but talking, collaborating and planning. Oh, and falling down and laughing hysterically.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could do some concerted art project with the iPad? Start our own iPad orchestra? The potential is limitless…

Do you have any big ideas?

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