iPad Music Workshop Fall 2014/2015 Semester in Review


iPad Music Creation Workshop at Gananoque Secondary School (part of a series of 10 workshops for all the Grade 7/8 classes)

Hey y’all! Been real busy lately!

This semester I did over 50 iPad music creation workshops for over 1000 students at the following schools:

General Panet High School (Petawawa)
Renfrew Collegiate Institute
Opeongo High School (Douglas)
Caldwell St. Public School (Carleton Place)
CPHS (Carleton Place)
Russell High School
Morrisberg Public School
Pakenham Public School
R. Tait Mckenzie Public School (Almonte)
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School (Russell)
PDCI (Perth)
Lombardy Public School
Char-Lan District High School (Williamstown)
Naismith Memorial Public School (Almonte)
Beckwith Public School (Carleton Place)
Toniata Public School (Brockville)
Centennial 67 Public School (Spencerville)
Lyn Public School
Thousand Islands Elementary School (Landsdowne)
Prince of Wales Public School (Brockville)
Gananoque Secondary School
St. Mary’s Catholic High School (Brockville)
Westminster Public School (Brockville)
Wellington Elementary School (Prescott)

Basically, I’ve been teaching students Grades 3 thru 12 (and adults in some cases) how to create their own original music using Garageband for the iPad, without any prior musical experience. So far I haven’t encountered anyone who hasn’t been able to do it, and in some classes I’ve taught kids with severe learning and behavioral disabilities (including Grade 6s with a Grade 1 reading level). It has been a very rewarding, fun, and lucrative experience so far, and I’ll be doing plenty more workshops next semester, including one at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa for teacher candidates.


Pakenham Public School iPad Music Creation Workshop (Grade 4/5)

So because of this (and teaching private lessons 5 days a week) I haven’t posted much here recently.

Excuses, excuses, I know!

But to show that I haven’t been slacking off completely in the music department, I was just in the studio this week with my good friend Phil Bova Jr. (credits include Feist and CBC Radio’s As It Happens theme remix) working on some tracks for a client (which are sounding pretty darn good I might add).

You can have a preview listen to what we’ve been working on below. Phil has been doing double duty as recording engineer and drummer, with yours truly producing. Hope you enjoy!

This Can Be (Scott Glenen lyrics and executive producer; Bryne Carruthers music; Amanda Keeley lead vocals; Caroline Addison backing vocals; Phil Bova Jr. drums & recording engineering)

Too Much For Too Little (Scott Glenen lyrics and executive producer; Bryne Carruthers music & backing vocals; Amanda Keeley lead vocals; Phil Bova Jr. drums & recording engineering)

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