VIP Studio Sessions’ dedicated Teacher Section has a large number of resources to help develop your music technology skills.
Included in VIP are a range of resources on lyric writing, how to engage students and avoid pitfalls. The Lyric workshops can help you to get students rapping, writing lyrics, recording songs and more, as well as showing you how to achieve professional sounding results and advice on getting the music out into the world.
Our CPD resources and tutorials help to break down how to use technology, make beats and produce whole tracks easily. With simple guides to new genres like Dubstep, they help make it easy to produce House, Hip Hop and other styles of music which are popular with young people.
Many teachers report the ease with which they themselves are able to produce examples which they can show to their classes before they begin projects.
With VIP, music production can be taught easily in the classroom at secondary level. Historically one of the hardest parts of teaching production was demystifying the ‘rules’ to make genres like Dubstep or House Music, getting them to sound ‘right’ to students. VIP breaks down music production software into digestible parts, systematically and in ways that can be replicated in the classroom.
Here’s an example of one school’s CPD sessions:
For the CPD session we looked at the use of rap lyric writing in the classroom. Areas covered included a straightforward guide to teaching rap writing, practical ways to handle issues around lyrical content and censorship, basic lesson and project plans and an overview of how to set up a studio & record raps. We also wrote a teacher rap about the stresses of marking coursework. Quotes from Staff: ‘The teacher rap? The next big hit!’
Anthea Roue, Head of Music, New Rickstones Academy, Essex
As for my own teaching, I have really appreciated the easy access to serious elements of music technology – VSTs, automation, effects, etc.
Elis Reed, Music Teacher, Saffron Walden County High School
I’ve had one of our more talented youngsters give me a tutorial on some of the techniques she used, so I’m keen to have another play!
Staff at St Aubyns
Another on the resources:
The tip about how to lay the rap out to fit in time with a beat has made a huge difference to the quality of the work the students are producing.
Rosie Weatherley, Head of Music, Castleford Academy, Wakefield