What Happened in 2023

Welcome to a new year and new experiences in music!

January

While sports activities are great for kids, they do come with some injury hazards. I’ve received sudden emails from parents over the years that a student would need to take a month (or more) away from lessons because of hand, wrist or arm injuries suffered while playing with after-school sports teams.

In the past few months this has happened a couple of times – but now I have a new proposal to respond with: “Use the time to let the student experiment with creating music on Soundtrap for Education.” Soundtrap allows a student to experiment with creating their own music using live, loop or midi clips of music that can be patchwork-assembled into an original music composition. I recently became certified as an instructor on Soundtrap through Hal Leonard Publishing, and now use the training to introduce students to Soundtrap, especially if they’re unable to play instruments because of arm or wrist casts from broken bones or bad sprains.

Using the Soundtrap technology allows students to experiment with timbre, tempos, keys, dynamics, music editing, creating moods with music, and instrument use in ensemble composition. They also become introduced to ideas about scoring that are used in film, commercials and the background tracks of our daily lives where music is heard, but often not focused on.

Unfortunately, student Enosh experienced an injury recently and his parents emailed me that he would be away from lessons for a month while he healed. Enosh and I used the time instead on Soundtrap and within a few lessons, Enosh was using his creativity to come up with music themes. Together, we expanded the themes into A, B and C sections, interludes and tried out the sound of various instruments, being aware of the emotional differences that instruments & music makes to the listener.

Here are a couple of Enosh music pieces created on Soundtrap:

Melody Beat
Black Out

After the injury healed, and Enosh got back to his regular guitar lessons, he continues to update and edit his pieces. He seems to continue to enjoy creating new pieces and experimenting with sounds.

But don’t wait for an injury! (Let’s try to avoid that.) Please feel free to contact me to discuss some lessons for a month on Soundtrap to see what your young person creates!