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Wiltshire Music Connect’s Over The Digital Horizon Webinar Series

Wiltshire Music Connect's Over The Digital Horizon Webinar Series

Wiltshire Music Connect have launched a webinar series aimed at connecting music educators with the ideas and innovations from around the world that are likely to shape the sector in the coming months and years.

Curated by music, inclusion and technology specialist Ben Sellers, the series will feature content from a range of designers, programmers, academics and startup CEOs, aimed at music educators looking to deepen their knowledge and expertise in all things digital.

The programme will balance an exploration of the latest ideas and technical innovations with the best current practical applications and will focus on the following four areas:

Session #1 Horizon Gazing:
Wednesday 19th January 2022, 16:30 GMT
How might technology shape music education in the coming years?

Session #2 Turn On, Tune Up:
Wednesday 9th February 2022, 16:30 GMT
Tech to get your students practicing more. Develop strategies, tools and techniques to adapt and transform instrumental tuition and ensemble playing for the gamer generation.

Session #3 Home & Away:
Tuesday 8th March 2022, 16:30 GMT
Blur the boundaries between classroom and home composition & production. There are now myriad platforms for composition, production and podcasting. In this session we will survey a variety of existing and ‘on the horizon’ software platforms and online teaching resources, and consider affordable home-studio equipment set ups.

Session #4 Beeps & Bytes:
Thursday 17th March 2022, 16:30 GMT
Composing for video games. Learn how to support students to discover and master the art of composing and producing music for games with insights from industry insiders.

The twilight sessions will run from January to March 2022 and will offer the opportunity to access global technical expertise as well as asking questions and sharing ideas with fellow delegates.


Speakers confirmed include:

  • Stefania Serafin, professor in sonic interaction design at Aalborg University Copenhagen, where she leads the Multisensory Experience Lab.
  • Mike Butera – After a lifetime of playing music and a Ph.D. in Sound Studies, Mike founded Artiphon, a company that designs and builds multi-sensory, accessible instruments.
  • Dr George Waddell is Lecturer in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and Research Associate in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London.
  • Professor Ed Hughes is a composer, lecturer in composition at Sussex University and chair of the Sussex Festival of Ideas.
  • Phi Pham – Phi is the Executive Director of Building Beats, a Brooklyn based nonprofit that empowers youth through digital music and DJ workshops integrating life, leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Luke Crook is Kent Music’s Inclusion Development Manager. With a background in supporting young people at risk and with additional needs, Luke specialises in using technology as an instrument and barrier breaker to support access for all into music.
  • Gina Zdanowicz – Gina is an accomplished audio designer for games, film, TV, new realities, and podcasts.
  • Jeanine Cowen is Acting Assistant Chair and former Vice President for Curriculum at Berklee College of Music.

Click here for more information on the webinar series

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