6th October 2021

First Steps in Music Technology

25th November 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
This event is part of Wiltshire Music Connect’s first Over the Digital Horizon season

About this event

‘Music Technology’ can mean many things, from microphones to iPad apps, theremins to virtual reality concerts. Teachers and Tutors are often encouraged to increase their use of tech, but knowing which bits of kit are right for each individual’s teaching style, successfully overcoming the initial learning curve, and finding good quality resources can be a challenge.

This session is for classroom teachers, instrumental tutors and music leaders at the beginning of their journey into the world of music technology. It offers practical first steps to composing/producing, recording and performing using technology.

We will cover:

  • Simple, affordable apps, equipment and resources to get you started.
  • Meeting the composition and music theory elements of the KS2 curriculum using free online production software.
  • Working with hard-to-engage students using microphones and loop-pedals
  • A discussion of barriers to including tech in lessons, and signposting to individual support.

This session will be useful for you if you:

  • consider yourself ‘technology-shy’ and/or feel like you need to ‘catch-up’ with technology.
  • Are interested in covering the KS2/3 music curriculum using online composition tools.
  • Want to teach literacy and storytelling using music technology.
  • Want to use technology make your instrumental tuition more effective


The session will include input from Akshay Sharma, Rob-Reich Storer and Ben Sellers.

Akshay Sharma is the founder of The Underground Creatives. He uses beatboxing, rap and a variety of technologies to develop musicality and literacy in hard-to-reach groups. Rob-Reich Storer, Head Of Performing Arts at two independent schools in Essex, has recently published a set of resources on Bandlab, an online Digital Audio Workstation. Ben Sellers specialises in inclusive music technology, and leads Wiltshire Music Connects ‘Digital Horizons’ programme.