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STEAM Workshop Offerings

I have a passion for sharing music technology and creativity with young minds. Over the years, I’ve put together a series of workshops and demos that can be tailored to a wide range of audiences from Grade 7 (12-13 years) and up. Many topics below can also be presented to adults.

Most workshops are 3 to 4 hours, while demos can be 1 hour (not including setup time).

Current topics include:

Sound Machine (Workshop)

  • Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to apply principles of design thinking and collaborative problem-solving to create sound making objects.

VCV (Virtual Control Voltage) Rack (Workshop)

  • Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will understand basic concepts of modular synthesis and sound design via the program VCV Rack using virtual modular synthesis.

Music Production with Ableton Live* Workshop/Demo

  • Workshop Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will understand the basic concepts of the Ableton Live and how to use a digital audio workstation (DAW) for effectively producing and arranging sounds and instruments.

Demo Objective: By the end of this demo, students will understand the basic capabilities of Ableton Live as a digital audio workstation (DAW) for music production.

* Also offered for Propellerhead Reason

Audio Recording 101 Workshop

  • Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will demonstrate understanding of basic audio recording and microphone use.

Podcast Recording and Editing Workshop

  • Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to plan, record, edit, and share a podcast designed to share an idea with a specific audience.

Working with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Workshop

  • Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will understand the basics of MIDI and how it is used to create music.

Sampling and Beat Making Workshop

  • Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will know how to capture and manipulate sounds to create rhythms

Sound Safari Workshop

  • Objective: By the end of this workshop, students increase awareness of the multitude of sounds around them and learn how to capture and use them creatively.

Touchdesigner For Beginners Workshop/Demo

  • Workshop Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will understand the basic user interface of Touchdesigner and how it can be used to process audio, video and photos.
  • Demo Objective: By the end of this demo, students get exposure to the basic user interface of Touchdesigner and how it can be used to process audio, video and photos.

How to Live Stream with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Workshop

  • Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will understand the basics of live streaming in OBS, including how to configure cameras and audio devices.

SCI-FI-LOPHONE Workshop

  • Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will learn how to evaluate found materials for their sound making properties to create a unique MIDI-controlled instrument.
  • SCI-FI-LOPHONE debuted at the 2018 Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire and Make Music Day 2018 at Robert M Sides Family Music Center in Williamsport, PA.

All workshops can be tailored to fit a variety of group sizes, environments and age ranges (including adults). The goal is always to establish collaborative learning, champion discovery, inspire and have fun. More topics are being added based on demand.

Scheduling for 2022 is underway. To find out more, schedule a 30 min FREE Zoom consult to discuss your needs.

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By jjdeprisco

Sonic explorer, sound artist, guitarist in Fricknadorable, software designer.