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2009 2009-Week in the Classroom

For Those Who Want to Rock, Don’t Suppose, Compose!

Presenter: Carol Broos and Carol Vrotny
Location: Northbrook, Illinois
Link to presenter’s K12Online Ning Profile page

Presentation Title: For Those Who Want to Rock, Don’t Suppose, Compose!

Presentation Description: Carol Broos and Carol Vrotny, two music teachers discuss the creative process of composing music in the digital age. All links can be found at http://musictechie.pbworks.com

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Additional Information:
Carol Broos  twitter plurk
School website www.carolbroos.com Professional blog www.beatechie.com
Carol Vrotny – twitter School Music Video website


  1. Trudy Parker

    I am a special education high school English teacher & mistook the word “compose” in the title to mean English composition. Although I have no music background & rarely listen to the radio (even in my car), I enjoyed this webcast. I liked the emphasis on creativity, collaboration & moving to a student led classroom.

  2. Kevin Hodgson

    I love that music is part of this conversation and not just listening but also composing. It’s amazing the tools that are out there for kids to use to create in art, and there are connections between music and literacy, as you suggest, but it depends on the teachers to make sure those connections are being made for our students. I work songwriting into my writing classroom with real instruments and with software (we use a music loop software), and this not only has them making music, but it also allows for a conversation about mass media and pop culture.

  3. Carol Broos

    Here are some questions for discussion:

    1. What has been your experiences in composing music? Do you have specific guidelines or have students create music, then give direction.

    2. How are you reaching gifted and talented musicians within your class?

    3. Should music be a “stand-alone” art or should we always have music and art tied together to create multi-media projects?

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