SBO Technology Support Materials

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MATERIALS DISCUSSED IN John Kuzmich's S.B.O Technology article can be found here on this page.

A Gallery of Screenshots and Videos can be found by clicking here.

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My educational/Composition Support Blog

The following is a series of thoughts sent along to John that led to the article.


Dear John
Good to talk with you today.
“Directors Inside the Box – Students OUTside the Box” Great Lead Line!

Here is my Philosophy and purpose.

I published with several name companies for years and felt that there was something missing – namely the connection between the composer and the musician. But to write music for jazz that elevates the expressive of artistic value of the music –OR – requires interpretation over an above some very basic standard styles – I would need to be there with the students to interpret the music from my perspective –both In terms of performance practice and in terms of MEANING.

For a guy like me - who does not have NEARLY the budget that the publishers have the Internet was the perfect way to stand beside the directors and students as they took the risk to play something new – to explore new territory. For that reason I believe in offering - “A robust arsenal of multimedia support” – for my music.

In the 5 years that I have worked “solo” as a publisher my experience has been that students are better able and more apt to access and manipulate the “cyber world” than many directors – and if that is not the case – then the technology in the SCHOOLS quite often is light years behind the real world.

The primary reasons for this technological “firewall” that I have encountered so far are: 1. The teachers do not have enough time in schools, 2. The technology in the SCHOOLS is quite often is light years behind the real world, and 3. The teacher is untrained in the use of technology.

But I hold true to the notion that the use of the iPod as a constant musical / Video Source, and the immediacy and sheer VOLUME of the internet are critical elements of our student’s environment and should be used to bring them closer to good examples of technique and style.

Therefore using that technology:
• to support the acquisition of appropriate skills,
• to improve the rate and degree of the transfer of knowledge,
• to allow students to move at a self-paced rate
• to congregate a community of specialized learners
• to experiment with ideas faster and “safer” than “the old way of doing things” is the appropriate use of technology in education.

I hope that you enjoy the materials and take some time to review my publications.

You can find them by clicking here.

Excerpt from the article
Making The Student Connection With Performance Through Music Technology

School Band and Orchestra Magazine

EXCERPTED - November 15, 2008

 …. Time.  Never seems to be enough.  Preparation.  Creating.  Instructing.  And all students with their individual, special needs.  At first blush, music technology may appear to be the one ingredient that can squeeze in more instructional time especially outside of class; but implementing it may be very challenging to those of us who are already maxed out with more learning curves.  Ironically, many of our students are already using music tech with Blogging, PodCasting, iTunes, You Tube, MP3 players and iPods while many of us are safely teaching dated methodologies and techniques governed by the limitations of our college curriculum which included little if any music technology.  Students are pretty techno savvy and educators need to plug into that enthusiasm with music technology solutions that enrich time and learning.

Music Publisher Technology Innovations!
    Ever have wish your drum-set players could play different styles of contemporary music besides rock?   While play-along recordings can be helpful, a video presentation is incredible.  Tom Davis at Tom Davis Publications,, is both an unusual music publisher and an innovative high school band director in Canandaigua, New York.  He offers many pedagogical aids for those using his charts so his music can be performed [with the context and perspective intended by the composer].  You can download all purchased parts and scores from the Internet.  Just think... no need to purchase additional scores for festivals or ordering lost parts.  Just print them out.  Along with his charts, he provides educational materials for students and directors, such as worksheets, practice tracks for all players, rehearsal suggestions, notes about the music, interviews with soloists, solo transcriptions with alternative solo takes if available and videos of soloists improvising on the chart.  And perhaps most innovative of all, discover OverheadDrumCam TM and view the drum-set video performance of each chart plus interviews with the drummer about performance techniques along with downloadable and streaming audio rehearsal tips for every chart.  This is invaluable motivation tool for students to see and hear the performance in real time - and all of this is provided by the publisher at no extra-charge.   

    On a philosophical footnote about Tom Davis’ charts and educational focus, students may be more comfortable accessing this information than directors. The publisher’s goal is to promote and foster an independent learning community outside the classroom through technology by providing a "robust arsenal of multimedia support" for music that challenges the imagination and standard practices of "BIG BOX" publishers. And educate as much as possible.  Amen to this publisher’s credo!

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