A fantastic eight-part video tutorial series is newly available from Avid’s official blog. Get Started Fast with Sibelius for Educators is designed to help teachers understand and learn some of the many educational features in Sibelius.
The videos were created, produced, and narrated by Katie Wardrobe, familiar to readers of this blog as one of the foremost Sibelius experts in the field, especially pertaining to education and using technology in the classroom. You can easily spend hours over at her Midnight Music site soaking up all kinds of useful information, and whether you’re taking a course from her online or are lucky enough to be in Australia to learn from her personally, your time will surely be well spent.
About the Get Started Fast with Sibelius for Educators videos, Katie told me:
This new series of videos has been created especially for music educators to help them get the most out of Sibelius’s education features. I’ve been running workshops for teachers for a number of years now and although Sibelius is very intuitive to use sometimes it’s a while before teachers discover all of the useful “ninja tricks” and time-saving tools that are peppered through the software. I love those times in workshops when teachers have an “aha” moment or discover a new way to use the software with their students and I hope this video series will help the wider world-wide education community learn a few of those tips.
Even though the videos were created with educators in mind, I think anyone using Sibelius, especially those users just finding their way will find the videos very useful. Each one is clear, well-paced with Katie reassuringly helping the viewer along.
The tutorials are available directly from YouTube (follow the links below) or as a group through Avid’s blog. They range from 3 to 12 minutes — perfect for a lunch or coffee break, even for the busiest teachers. They are organized as follows:
- Episode 1: Organize, Analyze and Collaborate
- Episode 2: The Automatic Compositional Diary
- Episode 3: Creating Quality Audio Files and Backing Tracks
- Episode 4: All About Graphics
- Episode 5: The Digital Notation “Scrapbook”
- Episode 6: Distribute Audio Recordings, Video and Receive Student Scores
- Episode 7: Working with Sibelius in the Classroom
- Episode 8: Auralia and Musition
If that’s not enough, check out the five-part Get Started Fast with Sibelius video tutorial series that I created last year. It was created with Sibelius 7.5 in mind but all the concepts apply to Sibelius 8, and most to Sibelius 7.1.3 as well if you haven’t upgraded.