Summer Courses

Each summer, I'm pleased to present relevant topics for music educators and creators, sharing practical, effective and field-tested content that can be put to use in the classroom, studio and rehearsal hall.

I am proud to be associated with institutions such as University of the Arts, Central Connecticut State University, Cairn University and Moravian College, among others. Here's my upcoming courses...

All SUMMER 2020 courses will be ONLINE. Click links for more information or to register:

3 credits, Four Weeks from July 6-31. Learn to produce effective, attractive, and compelling video content for students (i.e. tutorials, screen recordings, lecturettes, presentations, etc.) and with students (i.e. student performances, auditions, student films, etc.).

3 credits, Four Weeks from July 6-31. The perfect intersection of ease-of-use and high-end features, GarageBand is hands-down the best entry-level digital audio workstation for educators. We'll cover the program's main features (and more!) and great ways to use it in education, from recording and editing audio, making podcasts, fun loop-based compositions, found-sound drum loops, adding sound effects to a narrated story, scoring video, MIDI file arranging, adding DSP effects (reverb, compression, EQ, autotune), and much more!

SELECTED PAST COURSES...

Rehearsal Strategies and Repertoire for Young Band

All you need to establish, grow, and/or improve your elementary school or middle school band program. Topics include recruitment/retention, hacks for common instrument issues, small group lessons/sectionals, method books and other resources, warm-up and tuning, ensemble rehearsal, classroom management, selecting repertoire, score prep, incorporating games and challenges, guest artists/commissions, and more!

Composing and Arranging for School Bands

For those interested in writing music for concert bands at all levels - whether for your own ensemble, or in pursuit of publication - this course will help writers take their music to the next level! Via presentation/demonstration, score study, and writing projects with coaching/feedback we'll explore topics such as the art and craft of composition, conventions of writing at various levels (elementary, intermediate, high school and beyond), criteria related to the grading system, preparing the score/parts, commissions, and tips for submitting music to publishers.

TESTIMONIAL: "I flew across the country to take a week-long composition course taught by Dr. Scott Watson. The course was very organized and well put together. It was a joy to attend class every day. More importantly, Dr. Watson took time out to review my compositions and give me suggestions. His insights were extremely thoughtful and professional. His encouragement and belief in me have already begun to change the direction of my career. Dr. Watson is that rare teacher who is able to connect and influence in an unforgettable way."

Kelly Dugger, M.M., RPT, Composer/Conductor (www.KellyDugger.com)

GarageBand Does It All!

The perfect intersection of ease-of-use and high-end features, GarageBand is hands-down the best entry-level digital audio workstation for educators. We'll cover the program's main features (and more!) and great ways to use it in education, from recording and editing audio, making podcasts, fun loop-based compositions, found-sound drum loops, adding sound effects to a narrated story, scoring video, MIDI file arranging, adding DSP effects (reverb, compression, EQ, autotune), and much more!

(Example Unit: Using a USB Mic with GarageBand)

Integrating Technology into the K-12 Curriculum

This “Music Tech 101” course includes a survey of the most useful and timely music tech topics and tools for K-12 music education, along with a limited but powerful set of curricular applications. We'll present content at a pace appropriate for those with little or no experience using various technology, yet even more experienced teachers will find helpful ideas, tips and best practices that can be put to use in the classroom right away!

Topics includes: web resources (content, websites), music technology hardware primer (computer/laptop, MIDI, keyboards, sound system, configuring a workstation), music notation (web and client), digital audio workstation/recording (web and client), creating/using accompaniment tracks (SmartMusic, Audacity, Finale, etc.), productivity tools (web and client), and mobile/iOS music apps.

Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity, by Scott Watson (©2011, Oxford University Press)

Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity

It's never been easier or more fun for students to compose, improvise, arrange, and produce music-related projects! Hands-on experiences with tech tools (web apps, mobile apps, software, Chromebooks, keyboards, recording gear, etc.), project ideas, pedagogical models, and assessment tools for unlocking student creativity. Built around a set of teacher-tested principles, this course gives you all you need to foster creativity with your students. Fun projects include podcasts, loop-based compositions, sound effect stories, notated compositions that can't miss, video scoring and more.

The primary focus will be on classroom music (general music, music theory, music production) at all levels, but with some applications for instrumental and vocal music. Perfect for teachers looking for fresh ways to use the technology tools they already have, or those wanting to confidently incorporate technology into their teaching. Other than familiarity with using a personal computer, no specialized software/ hardware knowledge is needed.