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Going Digital for Musicians has a great post today on choosing hardware for your music reading needs.  It has a nice chart that compares the options, plus some discussion about which types of hardware work best in different rehearsal, performance, and teaching environments.

Read the full post: Selecting the Perfect Sheet Music Reading Computer, Part Three

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I read Going Digital for Musicians last night and it went straight into my blogroll.  It’s by Hugh Sung, collaborative pianist and co-founder of AirTurn.  So far, it contains:

  • A case for digital music
  • A short history of digital music
  • A primer for transitioning from paper music to digital music (beginner-friendly, with lots of step-by-step instructions)
  • Profiles/case studies of working musicians and how they made the transition

Although it’s hosted on WordPress.com, it’s really more of a book than a blog, and the author states as much.  It’s a “deep read” with each post as a mini-chapter, and I got the most out of it by reading the posts sequentially, starting from Introduction: From Paper to Pixels.

So grab a cup of tea, get settled in, and read Going Digital for Musicians.  And do put it in your news reader – the author has been using digital music for over a decade and he has a lot of expertise to share.

(P.S. One cool tip I found on the blog: An iPad keyboard case is a great substitute for a missing or broken music rack on a piano – see below.)

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I wanted to announce a couple of changes to the blog that I hope will be helpful to readers:

First of all, there is a new Archives page which lists all of the blog post titles, with the most recent ones first.  You can visit it here, or through the “Archives” link in the black menu bar at the very top of the blog, or through the “Archives – By Title” section in the left sidebar of the blog.  If you’re like me and like to skim all of the titles of old and new blog posts to find topics of interest, I hope you’ll find this archive format helpful.

Also, you can now reach this blog by pointing your browser to Tech4Singers.com.  Hopefully this will be easier to remember and also easier on the thumbs if you’re web surfing on your mobile device!

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YAP Tracker, the website for searching opera audition listings and managing applications, has an occasional blog feature called “Tools of the Trade” featuring tech tips for singers.  Here are the “Tools of the Trade” entries they’ve posted as of this writing:

For an up-to-date list, this Google search will pull up all of the “Tools of the Trade” posts currently archived on YAP Tracker.

If you want to add the YAP Tracker blog feed to your news feed reader, the feed URL is a bit hard to figure out, so here it is for reference:
http://www.yaptracker.com/tools/blocks/page_list/rss?bID=20700&cID=1818&arHandle=Main

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While surfing my Twitter feed, I ran across the fledgling blog Music, Technically (tagline: “Technical tools to aid music educators”).  It caught my attention because it’s oriented towards a lot of the topics I want to cover in my own blog, vis-a-vis technology and choral music.

The blog has a great starter list of tech resources on choral repertoire, diction, sight singing, communication, choral logistics/operations, and education.  It also has a bunch of interesting-looking references and background reading on the overlaps between music, technology, and education.

Recent posts from the blog include: Self-Published ComposersScore Exchange and Finale ShowcaseMusicaNetFree Public Domain ScoresUsed MusicVideo Capture for Assessment, Texting and Your ChoirTwitter and Your Choir.

The blog hasn’t been updated for a while, but I really hope it continues (hint hint, @conductress?).

The newly-rebranded ACDA Educational Technology committee has refocused its mission on helping ACDA‘s members use technology effectively in their work as choral professionals.  Here’s part of the announcement from ChoralNet:

We are excited that the ACDA Technology Committee has now officially been rebranded as ACDA Educational Technology. Our primary goal moving forward is to turn our energies from supporting ACDA as an organization to ACDA members as professionals in the field. Between the members of the group, we have expertise in web and app development, Web 2.0 tools, online publishing, multimedia and a host of other things you may have wanted to use in your groups but never known how. What’s more important, though, we’re all choral professionals who use these technologies to help us do our jobs in support of creative art, and want to share what we’ve learned. To that end, you’ll see many things appearing on ChoralNet in the next few weeks from forum postings to communities and polls, and a weekly blog post on Thursdays looking at tools that you may want to use in your rehearsals and concerts.

We are, however, here to answer your questions from “What’s this SoundCloud thing I keep hearing about?” to “My students keep saying that I need to use Twitter… Is it good for anything?” to “I can’t keep track of my music checkout! HELP!” Imagine us your own Choral Geek Squad.

They are soliciting topics and questions to cover in their future posts – post your suggestions here.

You can also add the ChoralBlog from ChoralNet to your news reader application to stay up-to-date when the ACDA Educational Technology committee posts to the blog.  The link to the ChoralBlog feed is a little difficult to figure out, so I’m posting it here for convenience:
 http://www.choralnet.org/feed/nodetype/choralblog

Choral warm-up from techinmusiced.wordpress.com

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Chris Russell over at Technology in Music Education has posted a collection of downloadable choral warm-ups.  Special note for iPad users: As Chris mentions, you can embed the warm-ups into your presentation app (Keynote, for example) in order to mirror them to a TV, projector, or even all of the choristers’ iPads.  By the way,  Chris invites you to contribute your own choral warm-ups, in MusicXML or Finale format.

The Vaccai method books are another resource for vocal technique building that is now available online.  You can download them for free in PDF format at either free-scores.com or IMSLP, in your key of choice.