Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2018-19

Submitted by: Scott Courtney Email: Grade Level: 6-8 Subject: Music
Co-Applicant: Email: Grade level: Subject:

School: Punta Gorda Middle School Type: Public Grade Levels:6-8 County:Charlotte

Approx. Enrollment: 1200 Number of teachers:65

School Address:

1001 Education Ave
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

Phone: 941-575-5485 Principal:Justina Dionisio Email:


Project Title: Music Tech: Study, Create and Synthesize
Project Dates: 11/1/2018-5/1/2019 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Music- STEM- Science - ELA

This project will support the use of digital technology in the music practice room and will allow the creation of three different work stations for my students. These work stations will involve an iPad pro or tablet computer mounted to the wall, that is then also synchronized to a larger monitor. This project is important because it allows students to have a self-directed approach toward inspiring creativity. This will enable them to use technology in normal practice situations but also allow them to create their own music, or record and sample themselves into their traditional performance. This process of synthesis will allow student development and achievement and will be student directed, instead of the traditional teacher directed learning process for instrumental music.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Music education is traditionally a teacher directed activity of students sitting in class and rehearsing/performing music that is placed before them. We try to encourage student leadership, sectional practice, or even using some technology tools to record and edit music. Each of these steps still follows the traditional practice of teacher directed learning. This project will transfer ownership to the student through the creation of three digital work stations. From music editing to practice tools, there is a wealth of resources that we wish our students would explore. Unfortunately in the classroom we remain trapped in traditional methods. The process of innovation is that students will produce real and tangible results. Electronic mixes, compositions, or even student recordings become artifacts of student work. This summer I was able to visit several digital music labs and see curricular standards at the scholastic and higher education level. While there are numerous apps and software programs available for music education, I was able to see three specific tools in action to implement in my practice rooms. These become individual, self-directed tools using note literacy reading and improving sight reading fluency. Through these tools, I witnessed students making stride and learning gains at their own pace. Students were able to develop their overall musical skills, but also pinpoint areas of growth. I find this innovative because it breaks free of the traditional teacher led instructional pattern, and instead transferred ownership and growth onto the student.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
The band curriculum is a traditional rehearse/perform performance based learning environment. Our curriculum covers many topics of music theory, music literacy, and cultural and historical understanding. While we attempt to cover these items in band rehearsal, we often do not adequately cover all our goals. Specific curricular goas become easier to include in the practice rooms with proper technology. Through specific software, students will meet the following benchmarks and standards: Applying listening strategies for understanding- MU.912.C.1.1 and MU.912.C.1.2 Evaluate/Analyze personal performances, student compositions, and improvisation- MU.912.C.2.1 and MU.912.C.2.2 Explore developments in technology- MU.912.H.2.4 Analyze elements of music, interpret and perform- MU.912.0.3.1, MU.912.0.3.2 Develop sight reading skills (music literacy)- MU.912.S.3.2

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project transfers responsibility from teacher to the student. When students have an invested interest in the final project, or feel more connected and responsible for the lesson, they tend to give more effort toward achievement. This project will encourage independent learning, increase student achievement thus increasing student’s self-confidence and desire to learn. This project will also allow students to work at their own pace, thus removing pressure and fear of failure. Over time, students will learn and share these digital learning tools with their peers, thus allowing the entire class to operate in a more streamlined fashion while utilizing advanced concepts.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
The technology utilized will include the installation of three different work stations for our practice rooms. These will include a table device mounted to the wall and connected to a television projector. Through a subscription to the SmartMusic software, students will utilize SmartMusic and other applications to enhance their musicality. This will include rehearsing their assigned music, but also include recording and editing their recordings. This process will aid students in music reading but also musical performance criteria such as intonation, blending their sound with other tracks, and increase musical literacy for note identification and rhythmic reading skills. Students will also be able to use basic video editing software to synchronize their musical selections.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Student gains will be measured in two ways. First, this project should show an increase in mastery for our regular student assignments such as playing tests, rhythm tests, and activities regarding musical cognition and understanding. The second tool of measurement will exist in digital portfolios of student work and the sharing or publication of their work. We have an active television/media club and we aim to have student work included in some of their projects. These digital portfolios, recordings, and mixed media will be included in school wide events such as our Fine Arts celebration or Music in the Schools month.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
Students will share these results with the community through direct tangible viewings, but also through the byproduct of performance. We have many students that participate in auditioned based activities (county or state honor band) or through adjudicated events like solo and ensemble or large full group performance. This project will help students prepare and perform at higher levels of achievement in these events. This project will also help create digital recordings and portfolios that can be shared and presented at school and community events such as our school Fine Arts celebration and other venues in our community.


Service/ Item Description Cost
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $399 (3 quantity) 1,197
Gumdrop Drop Tech-iPad Pro 12.9 inch $40.47 (3 quantity) 121.41
In-Wall iPad Mount $28.00 (3 quantity) 84.00
TCL 49S305 49” Roku Smart Led $299.99 (3 quantity) 899.97
TV Mount, Cords, Cables, 3 smart music subscriptions and additional app purchases 297.97
Total Cost of Project 2,600.35
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I, Scott Courtney, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Justina Dionisio,the Principal of Punta Gorda Middle School and any other individuals required by my school district.