Aubin has been working in music education, trying to incorporate technology meaningfully, for over a decade. Firmly believing that technology can empower students, if used the right way, his current passion is exploring Gamification and trying to maximize its impact in his classroom. He also facilitates real world applications of music in his home studio, where many students have recorded voice-overs, songs and dialogues for over two dozen stage productions. These experiences are invaluable in teaching students how music is created and recorded. Aubin also runs the relatively unknown podcast, "Utter Rubbish," which attempts to help novice teachers from the Asian subcontinent adjust to the demands of life in the UAE and the expectations from the highly competitive education sector there.
25 February 2020 | 14:00 - 14:45 | Modern Pop: Deconstructed
Do you feel that music has changed a lot? It’s not the same music you grew up listening to. Sometimes you can’t connect with the lyrics or heavily processed beats or even the outrageous videos! Yet your students love these artists and can swear by the coolness they exude. Would you be surprised if you found out that there’s a formula behind all of it? Songs today are written using very specific rules in a way that hooks you onto them. Everything is carefully planned - from the lyrics to even the length of the song! Modern Pop: Deconstructed will take you through the intricacies of being a songwriter today and what makes today’s hits work with Gen-Z. Featuring live performances and demonstrations by students and a wee bit of talking by the Doctor of Pop! Come and enjoy some of the most popular tunes of today and sing along with the hits of the past...
25 February 2020 | 16:30 - 17:00 | English | Gamification in Music Education - Facilitating Learning in the Modern Age
While gamification isn't new, it's significance in education (especially music) cannot be understated. Coupled with modern technology, gamification has many beneficial uses and makes the whole process easier. However, it's not all fun and games for teachers. Many think that any sort of game will work with students, while ignoring the impact on teaching and learning, while others are skeptical of anything that requires students to carry a device into the classroom. So how's a modern day music teacher going to utilize the tools available while keeping music classes fun, entertaining and engaging at the same time? Well, there's no definite answer that will fit all scenarios, but an exploration of the relevant tools will definitely open your minds to some new possibilities!