Italian Anyone?

So, what do the traditional singer and the non-traditional E Gtr dude have in common? Little you could say… and usually you’d be correct. Hold on!

Get this picture. “Big sis” just sang an ITALIAN AIR – Se Tu M’ami in a competition– at a Kiwanis competition tonight. Little brother — E gtr Christian band guy, presented his HOW TO RECORD IN PRO TOOLS podcast last week before the entire board of education. Talk about two worlds apart! Man.

Not TOO Faaaaaasttttt, buddy. Big sis actually started the ball rolling!

Her audition for competition team back in September was RECORDED in PRO TOOLS. I took her audition for soloist and for girls’ trio — which was also recorded “live” — to the N.S.M.I.T. Conference and to the TI:ME Conference in Grand Rapids!

Let me clarify. The genre, style of music to be recorded is irrelevant to the CONCEPT of using D.A.W. in the classroom! What’s dire is this.

These kids continually ASK to be recorded. The bottomline issue here isn’t the student. It isn’t the style of music. It’s the mindset of the TEACHER.

I’m not boasting. I’m saying to US. Let’s get relevant and socially on board with as many students as possible.

So, Italian anyone? If you can’t sing it… then let’s go EAT SOME ITALIAN. Both are excellent choices.

Whatz your thinkin’?

John Wilborn


Student Podcasting: Reel ’em’ N

What does this imply in terms of REELIN’ em’ N in 2008?

Did you know… that most normal, whatever that means, students in 2008 — at least on the secondary level — are savvy. I’m mean… REAL tech savvy? Ever asked a fish to swim? Or, asked a butterfly to show you how to dance on a hot summery day? Some things are sort of just common knowledge. No explanation necessary.


Just 5 months into our brand new course @ Bremen High School (, we have tons of kids asking me every single week “Hey! I hear your class is really cool. Gonna offer it next year? … Yeah, like. I “wanted” to take it this Fall but… you know. BUT I’M DEFINITELY gettin’ in next Fall.

ROCKIN’ and A-REELIN’ ’em’ N

These kids are podcasting out the wazzoo. News Reporter Podcasts, HOW I MADE MY OWN PODCAST podcast, + more.

Last Monday evening, I took a 15 year old girl – Level 1 student – and a 16 year old boy — Level 2 student — and had them tell the BOARD OF EDUCATION why they LOVE Music Technology.


The boy sayz… “You wanna know why I get OUT OF BED every day and come to school? For THIS!!!” He proceeds to play his 4 and 1/2 minute podcast with every eye glued to the wall observing some totally incredible stuff.


1. Pro Tools recorded his guitar in 3 tracks at 160 beats using a click track. Sings a couple more tracks.

2. Garageband. Next day. Creates/Edits drum tracks. Adds his own bass guitar part.

3. Imports Garageband file via his jump drive into Pro Tools. Clicks, drags. ShaBANG. This guy has his OWN original music totally self-produced ready for upload.

4. Creates a tutorial podcast on HOW I CREATED THIS PODCAST USING MY OWN MUSIC.

5. Takes the iMac home for the weekend from school. Works ALL DAY SATURDAY on it.

6. He and She sell the BOARD OF ED on WHY YOU NEED TO SUPPORT/FUND this program.


What does this imply in terms of REELIN’ em’ N IN 2008?