My friend James Humberstone (@JamesHumbers), creator of the insanely popular Learn Sibelius 6 in one hour videos, is a teacher and composer-in-residence at MLC School in Sydney, and he’s always on the look-out for new tools to help his students become more engaged with music.
He’s recently written up some tips on how to get the best out of our new iPad application, Avid Scorch, including some ideas for how to use it in the classroom:
…the focus of this article is to think about how we might use Avid Scorch for iPad in the classroom. I’ve been playing around with adapting my own Sibelius files for the iPad to create rehearsal parts for students to practice with at home, as my first idea to share. So imagine this: you have written an arrangement for your stage band, it has some pretty tricky syncopation and notes high in range, and you’ve got 2 weeks to learn it. Your students take their parts home on school-loaned iPads (or download to their own personal iPads at home), open their part and play along with it. But rather than hearing just their part, they hear the rest of the band, and they fill in their own part (band-karaoke!).
The post then goes on to show how to optimise your Sibelius score for the optimal viewing experience in Scorch on your iPad.
James is soliciting for more ideas for how to use Scorch in the classroom, and Avid’s marketing folks have provided him with ten promotional codes for a free copy of Scorch to give away. Get over to his web site and make your suggestions!