Variations2
and the
 Music Appreciation Class
Presented by:  Dr. Roberta Lindsey
Music Technology Conference
June 27, 2003

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The material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9909068.
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IU DML/Variations2 Consists of:
$3 million, 4-year grant from DLI Phase 2 (NSF);
Faculty: Music, Information Science, Law, Computer Science;
Librarians and technologists: IU Libraries, University IT Services;
Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses (IUPUI);
http://dml.indiana.edu/

Meet the Team
(Music History Component)

Variations2 Tools
Purchase of Recordings;
Copyright Research/Justification of
“Fair Use;”
Streaming Audio/Video;
Security Script for Virtual Classroom;
Search for Audio/Score and Bookmark.

Three Phases Incorporating DML/Variations2 into Music Appreciation Class
Phase One: digitized music into the “virtual” classroom;
Phase Two:  developing tutorials using Flash/Director of musical forms into the “virtual” classroom, and adding digitized video to class;
Phase Three:  developing interactive musical resources into the “virtual” classroom, including Variations2 Bookmarking Tool in on-campus class.

Steps in Phase One:
Investigating copyright “fair use” & the internet;
Insuring the e-learning platform (OnCourse) would uphold the Variations2 materials;
Listing pieces for digitization;
Digitizing music and uploading to streaming server;
Assigning specific supplemental listening homework relating to the students’ lessons;
Assessing the course using “Flashlight” Survey tools.

List of Recordings

Acquisition of Source Recordings for Digitization
Compact Disc (most common);
Tape or other analog source;
Digital file (.mpg, .wav, etc.).

Preparing Audio for RealProducer
CD: CDDA utility or “ripper”

Preparing Audio for RealProducer
Tape (analog): Convert to digital audio (.wav) with Sound Forge 4.5

Preparing Audio for RealProducer
Digital Files from IU Bloomington (VARIATIONS):

These files are in mpeg-1, layer 2 (.mp2) format, which is a format accepted by RealProducer—no conversion to .wav is needed.

Conversion to RealMedia “SureStream” Format

Supplemental Listening Material
General Assignment
Use a tutorial (Phase 2 and 3);
Listen to extra pieces listed in Supplemental Listening Section of OnCourse;
Answer questions and provide comments to their peers and to the instructor in a Threaded Discussion format.

Steps in Phase Two:
NEW:  Develop Tutorials (using Flash, Director, HTML);
NEW:  E-publish materials to “Merlot*” for peer review.
[*M=Multimedia
   E=Educational
   R=Resources (for)
   L=Learning (and)
   O=Online
   T=Teaching]

Flash Tutorials
Mouret’s Rondeau
Mozart’s “Minuet and Trio” from Eine Kline Nachtmusik
How to Access Variations2

Steps in Phase Three
Developing interactive musical resources into the “virtual” classroom;

(Flash Tutorial:  Matrix)
Introducing Variations2 Bookmarking Tool in on-campus class.

Variations2 On-campus Trial

Future Plans
Develop more engaging interactivity in the tutorials (using more sophisticated development toolset (Java);
Expand musical examples;
Continue incorporating new tools, i.e., mapping, from Variations2 (Bloomington) into the on-campus class;
Incorporate Variations2 (Bloomington) tools into the online class;
Publish findings in referred journals.

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