Do you incorporate music theory, composition, and/or music production into your classroom? Ever thought about using a digital audio workstation? Used widely in the music industry for genres ranging from electronic to hip hop, jazz to your favorite Broadway musical, Ableton Live is a powerful digital audio workstation that can easily be used with all music students, regardless of previous musical experience.
This two-day workshop will focus on pedagogical approaches for using Ableton Live in your music classroom and the ways it can be used to teach theory concepts and composition. Workshop focus will center around beat duration, constructing scales and modes, and building triads and chords. Additionally, workshop attendees will get an in depth look into Ableton Live, how to navigate the recording interface, connect hardware devices like microphones and keyboard controllers, and how to design composition/producing projects for students of all ages.
Date: August 7-8, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day
Location: Wisconsin Center for Music Education
Michael Hayden is the Director of Orchestras at Wauwatosa East High School. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master of Music in Music Education from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the Wauwatosa School District, Michael taught orchestra, music production, rock band, and music theory most recently for the Whitnall (WI) and Whitefish Bay (WI) School Districts. As an educator, Michael is passionate about music and technology, especially the new and relevant ways students can create meaningful and unique music compositions using a variety of recording/sequencing hardware and software that are readily available. Additionally, Michael is a frequent presenter at various state and national education conferences in the areas of music technology, secondary general music, composition, technology integration, and personalized learning.
Michael currently is the north central division representative on the NAfME Council on Music Composition and serves as the state technology chair on the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) Council, where a regular contributor to the organization’s publication, Wisconsin School Musician. He has also contributed articles and blog posts to Leading Notes, JamHub, Music in a Minuet (NAfME), and Music Educators’ Journal (NAfME).
Thomas Faulds is a sound designer and percussionist based in Chicago, Illinois. Inspired by new technologies and production, Thomas is an active participant in the dynamic music scene in Chicago. Aside from recording and releasing albums, he works as an independent music tech consultant, teaching the inner workings of music production tools to students and professionals alike. Thomas believes in universal creative potential and actively introduces students to the vast creative possibilities afforded by modern music instruments.
Teaching students the secrets of recording, producing, playing, and releasing music with today’s technology has become the single most important subject in his musical career. As an established private and group music teacher and active community organizer, Thomas’ objective is to prepare students for participation in this evolving and exciting musical world. With a heavy focus on beat making, editing, and multi-track recording, he has used Ableton Live for the majority of his work (live and in the studio) for the past four years, giving him extensive practical knowledge of the software.
In addition to making his own music, Thomas is the host of the Chicago Ableton User Group, has held electronic music workshops in several colleges, given one-on-one tutorials to various artists on Ableton Live, performs bi-weekly Guitar Center clinics.
Recording as Silences Sumire, Mercury Effect, and Spinach Prince, Thomas has released albums with Ropeadope, Xynthetic, and ears&eyes records.
- Pre-registration (register by 8/4/17)
- Member* $130
- Non-Member $145
- Undergraduate $25
Graduate Credit Information
Participants who attend this workshop have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit for an additional fee of $220 per credit. This is a separate registration and fee from the workshop registration. Please download a copy of the Viterbo registration form and mail it with a check (payable to Viterbo University) to:
Wisconsin Center for Music Education
1005 Quinn Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
- View the course syllabus (pdf)
- Viterbo Registration Form (pdf)
- Visit the Graduate Credit Information page for more details and to sign-up for credit.
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