2018 Pre-Conference Workshop: Video & Gaming in Music Instruction

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Video & Gaming in Music Instruction
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Granville I
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

The CMS Committee on Professional Development is pleased to announce a pre-conference workshop "Video & Gaming in Music Instruction." This workshop will be held in the Granville I room of the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday October 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., immediately prior to the National Conferences of CMS, ATMI, and NACWPI (October 10-13, 2018).

All interested persons are welcome to participate. Registration is required. Workshop is limited to 30 participants.

The workshop should be of professional value to music educators "in the trenches" teaching core classes or studio lessons. Customized video teaching resources are also of great value to faculty who need to recruit for their teaching studios and ensembles. High-quality video production is increasingly affordable and accessible to accomplish.

The workshop will have a two-part focus:

Video and Media Production Workshop
Participants will receive hands-on training in the development, production and deployment of custom video teaching materials. Topics covered will include equipment investment, appropriate software tools as well as content delivery methods and platforms including best practices for video and audio acquisition, editing and live streaming.

Online Tools for Student Engagement, Feedback, Evaluation and Assessment
Successful online or hybrid course delivery includes online evaluation and feedback to (and from) students. We will look at several topics including online grading of music theory assignments (Floyd Richmond) and a preview presentation of of MusicCritic (Xavier Serra, Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) and accessible game-based development tools (V.J. Manzo, Worcester

8:30-9:00 a.m.

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Shooting Video

The “look” of video has an impact on its effectiveness in teaching and recruiting. Lighting, multiple camera angles, pre-production, script writing and editing, interview techniques, one- and two-system audio capture and “b-roll” will be among the topics covered and demonstrated.

Christopher Boyd (Pittsburgh, PA)
Gena Greher (UMass, Lowell)
Timothy Nord (Ithaca College)
Damon Sink (Western Carolina University)

10:00-11:30 a.m.
Editing and Post Production

This hands-on session will take material gathered in the earlier session and guide participants through the basics of editing video and audio.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Deployment and Streaming

Finishing videos and compressing/encoding for delivery on YouTube, Vimeo or university-controlled servers. Best practices for live streaming concerts, including audio and video hardware and websites.

Christopher Boyd (Pittsburgh, PA)
Damon Sink (Western Carolina University)

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch on Own

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Music Critic Preview

MusicCritic is an innovative technology with which to evaluate musical exercises sung or played by students, giving meaningful feedback. It is a service that uses the Basic LTI standard and can be easily integrated in online applications or education platforms.

Xavire Serra (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Game On!

This presentation focuses on accessible tools for developing games that incorporate music and music instruction components.

V.J. Manzo (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Collaborator(s) TBA

3:30-3:45 pm

3:45-5:30 p.m.
Program Faculty Panel

Teaching faculty lead a discussion about other on-line and game related tools for music instruction, engagement, and assessment.

Optional afternoon "deep-dive" sessions with more advanced video and audio editing instruction may run concurrently in the afternoon.

5:30-7:00 p.m.

* Not included in registration fee. Reservations at a local restaurant will be made for those who indicate their desire to attend.

Online registration for this event closed on Tuesday, September 18. It is still possible to attend the workshop; however, attendees must register in person on the day of the event. Walk-in registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum enrollment has been reached.

Registration for this workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 10, from 8:30–9:00 a.m., in the foyer near the Burrard room, on the fourth floor of the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.


The registration fee allows admission to this pre-conference workshop only. Separate registration is required to attend the 2018 CMS / ATMI / NACWPI National Conferences.

On-Site Registration

Registration Fee: $85
Retired: $75
Student: $65

Cancellation Policy
Pre-conference registration can be cancelled only in writing to CMS.

  1. Workshop registrations cancelled on or before 12:00 noon MDT on September 6, 2018 will be entitled to a full refund less a $50 handling & processing charge. Registrations cancelled after 12:01 p.m. MDT on September 6, 2018 will not be entitled to a refund.
  2. All refunds will be issued within one month of the event’s conclusion.
  3. Registrations are non-transferable.

Christopher Boyd (Pittsburgh, PA)
Mr. Boyd has led parallel lives in retail, IT, and audio engineering for over 20 years. His work with musicians in both educational and community settings has stimulated his desire to empower musicians with the knowledge to use technology effectively and reliably. He strongly advocates for building community and fostering discussion among musicians who use technology, particularly in an academic setting. As a recent graduate of the IUPUI Master of Science in Music Technology program, he is actively looking to continue his own education in music technology.

Gena Greher (UMass, Lowell)
Dr. Greher worked with emotionally disturbed students and their teachers at a New York City public school located at Bellevue Hospital,using video to connect with students, integrate music into the curriculum and assess their learning.? She has published several articles and presented papers at national and international conferences on the benefits of creating multimedia projects to develop listening skills, integrate the arts into the curriculum, and engage adolescent learners in school music programs.? In addition, she conducts professional development workshops on campus for Lowell area music teachers in aspects of world music and improvisational techniques for the classroom. Before entering the education profession, Dr. Greher was an award-winning music director in advertising, where she worked for several multinational advertising agencies producing jingles and underscores for hundreds of commercials.

V.J. Manzo (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
V.J. Manzo (PhD Temple University, M.M. New York University) is Associate Professor of Music Technology and Cognition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is a composer and guitarist with research interests in theory and composition, artificial intelligence, interactive music systems, and music cognition. V.J. is author of several books published by Oxford University Press including Max/MSP/Jitter for Music, Foundations of Music Technology, and co-author of Interactive Composition and Environmental Sound Artists. He has created numerous software projects including the Modal Object Library, a collection of programming objects to control harmony in algorithmic and electro-acoustic compositions, and EAMIR, an open-source project and non-profit charity organization that supports composition, performance, education, and research through accessible technology-based musical instruments. He is the founder and director of the Electric Guitar Innovation Lab at WPI, and a co-director of the Media Arts Group Innovation Center (MAGIC).

Keith Mason (Belmont University)
No bio submitted.

Timothy Nord (Ithaca College)
Dr. Nord has been on the faculty of Ithaca College since 1992. Originally a member of the Music Theory faculty, a much-needed expansion of the music facility also brought with it an expansion in program posibilities. In 1999, the James J. Whalen Center for Music opened, which included a state of the art computer lab and classroom. Along with being instrumental in the design of these new facilities, Dr. Nord designed and implemented a new technology curriculum, offering courses that complement and enhance every students course of study in the Music School.

Floyd Richmond (Houghton College)
No bio submitted.

Damon Sink (Western Carolina University)
Damon Sink is a faculty member in the Commercial and Electronic Music program where he teaches courses in MIDI, synthesis, and recording arts, and directs the Music Technology Ensemble. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition with Joel Hoffman, and Samuel Adler.

Dr. Sink teaches course in the fundamentals of music technology, including MIDI and sequencing: the computer protocol that lets electronic instruments "talk" to each other and facilitates human performance; synthesis: creating, layering and manipulating sound; as well as studio techniques that integrate virtual instruments with recorded sound. In addition to his creative work as a composer, Dr. Sink is active in other areas of media production, advertising, video, film, and classical and jazz recording. Before coming to Western, he served as a full-time member on the faculties of Xavier University and The University of Dayton and founded dalSegno Media, an audio/visual production company. Other academic pursuits include topics in the history of music theory as well as the development of rich media modes of analytical presentation. He lives in Cullowhee.



Questions regarding this event should be directed to Event Director Damon Sink at .

Event Summary

Event Date 10-10-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 10-10-2018 5:30 pm
Cut off date 09-18-2018
Individual Price $60 Regular, $50 Retired, $40 Student
JW Marriott parq Vancouver
39 Smithe Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1C1 Canada
JW Marriott parq Vancouver
60.00 $ 20
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