Roland UK and UCan Play are looking for new schools to become ‘Roland Champions’ for the next academic year. We will consider applications from any school that would like to work in partnership with us to develop innovative approaches to the use of Roland technologies within their curriculum. Please provide details of your own ideas in the appropriate place on the application form. Each Roland Champion School is asked to complete a short case study of their work throughout the year. Further information and the application form can be found here.
All successful Roland Champion Schools will receive highly preferential pricing on all Roland and Boss technologies. These prices also extend to staff and students at these schools.
The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2014 and the selected schools will be announced around the 7th September 2014.
I’m pleased to make the following 9 units of work for Key Stage 3 music available to readers of my blog. These were written a couple of years ago for Roland UK and I’ve been asked by many teachers for copies – so here they are! You might want to read the following detailed descriptions prior to downloading the units. If you enjoy using them, please leave a comment here so that others can be encouraged.
Unit 1: An Introduction to Vocal Recording, Sampling, Looping and Effects: ‘Students will explore and learn the skills required to create music using new sampling, effects and looping technology’. 8.3MB
Unit 2: Vocalise: ‘Students will learn how to use their voices as musical instruments in conjunction with a range of performance and sound processing technologies’. 0.25MB
Unit 3: An Introduction to Film Music: ‘Students will apply the key principles learnt in Unit 1 to the production of a soundtrack for a piece of film’. 63.1MB
Unit 4: Music and Image: ‘The main focus of the Unit is to explore the various ways in which music can be linked to the visual domain in a live performance setting’. 14.3MB
Unit 5: Music for Computer Games: ‘Students will explore the processes behind composing music for computer games’. 122.1MB
Unit 6: Creating a TV Programme: ‘Students will explore how music reinforces the visual content of a television program’. 6MB
Unit 7: New Performance Environments: ‘Students will consolidate and develop their knowledge and skills from previous units (in particular Unit 1 & Unit 4)’. 0.6MB
Unit 8: Dance Music and the Club Experience: ‘This unit is an introduction to traditional Trance music parameters and their links to visual material that enhance an audience’s experience’. 252.3MB
Unit 9: Music and the Web-based Radio Station: ‘Students will create and manage a web-based radio station, developing a knowledge and understanding of audio imaging and identity’. 26.3MB
Roland and UCan Play are recruiting a new generation of Champion Schools for the 2013/14 academic year. Please download the following document and application form for further details. I’m very happy to answer any questions you may have about the initiative.
Mike Klinger has just finished an article written for the Music Educators Spring Edition magazine on some of his findings at NAMM 2009 in regards to music technology. You can download the PDF file at