Using technology to enhance your study of music

Andy Wasserman
Submitted: Mon, February 6, 2017 - 3:20am EST
Most students have access to the technology that works as a digital music workstation (DAW). There is so much you can create with a computer and piano-style keyboard via USB or MIDI. Here are tips on using these tools to help you practice and study.

Start by identifying which of these subjects interests you. Look online for software that is compatible with your computer (Mac or PC). Most software tools have a free version that you can try out and learn with. Buy the software once you know it is a tool that works for you and then take advantage of the full-featured version, program updates, the tech support, etc.

Here are the categories of technology tools that will help you study, learn, practice and improve your musicality:

MUSIC NOTATION

learn the art of notating your charts, lead sheets, compositions or arrangements by using software that allows your printed music to look professional, clear and accurate.

MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION

learn the art of transcribing the music you hear to work on ear training.

ARRANGING

learn to use music sequencing software along with a MIDI keyboard to assign different instruments of the band, choir or orchestra to different MIDI channels and hear back your music as an ensemble.

COMPOSING

take advantage of the full spectrum of digital music tools to structure, produce, record and notate your own music.

PRODUCTION

learn to incorporate digital music technology into every phase of your production, from conception to the final CD or MP3 files for the internet

RECORDING

learn how to build your own affordable and professional sounding home workstation and mini-studio to record, edit and master tracks for both acoustic and electronic music.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

any instrumentalist can use digital music technology to help them use notation, recording and production in their practice routines and performance techniques, including ear training and rhythmic training.

MUSIC THEORY

there are many software programs available today to help students of music theory master the fundamentals and hone their craft.

Feel free to contact me at https://andywasserman.com/about/contact-andy if you need additional help or more specific advise on the hardware and software tools best suited for your musical study.