SOUNDTRAP is Changing Music Education

10/21/2016
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Soundtrap is the future of education. It is a cloud-based program that allows composers, musicians, music students, teachers and others to collaborate and learn using music as the backdrop for a truly worldwide educational experience.

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It is also quickly becoming the global standard for composers, music industry professionals and music classrooms. It is affordable for schools, and according to music teachers Soundtrap has been a game-changer for their students.

John Churchville is the music director at the Go Like the Wind School, a K-9 Montessori in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Churchville says “I have been recording and composing with students for over 10 years. We have used every program we could get our hands on...Garage Band, ProTools, Logic, Audacity and more. Last year I was introduced to Soundtrap.com and it changed EVERYTHING.  Soundtrap has been incredibly effective in getting students up and running immediately, composing songs, learning about sound engineering and collaborating. We use Soundtrap to record original music, create soundscapes for presentations, document our live music concerts, teach lessons on waveforms and sound, create soundtracks for videos, and collaborate with students from other schools.”

Churchville continues “I feel like the ease of use and the ability to use Soundtrap on virtually any device is an important factor in deciding which system to use with your students, but the number one benefit for me and my students has been the ability to collaborate directly within the studio sessions. Students can share their work while it is still in progress, read notes and comments and even start up a video chat right within the project while they are working on it.”

According to Churchville “Another big bonus is the compatibility with other very useful programs. My students love to create beats using Groove Pizza (https://apps.musedlab.org/groovepizza/) and then send them directly into Soundtrap to continue the creation process. They also take the MIDI files directly from Soundtrap and import them into According to Churchville “Another big bonus is the compatibility with other very useful programs. My students love to create beats using Groove Pizza (https://apps.musedlab.org/groovepizza/) and then send them directly into Soundtrap to continue the creation process. They also take the MIDI files directly from Soundtrap and import them into Noteflight.com to continue composing using standard notation, (the reverse is also true, composing using any music notation software and then importing the MIDI file into Soundtrap to continue to add and refine the sounds).

Beyond the simplicity of use, Soundtrap is also extremely well equipped with a whole bunch of sound filters, compressors, EQ’s and effect processors that more advanced users can dive into. It works seamlessly with most of my Digital Audio Interfaces and the resulting sounds are on par with top notch professional recordings.  Soundtrap, in my opinion, is the best solution for capturing and creating audio on the internet. I believe it is on the path to be one of the most useful apps for schools and professional musicians alike.”

John Zirkle is the Artisitic Director of Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and the Hatch Ostinato Project. The HATCH Ostinato Project matches composers and professionals with schools and music classes to allow for collaboration on music creation, resulting in professional music production that can then ultimately generate funding for that specific music program. Zirkle uses Soundtrap. Like Churchville, he is very passionate about his students and loves the value that Soundtrap brings them.

“In the Fall of 2015, our music class paired up with commercial film composers on an original composition idea called the Hatch Ostinato Project (hatchostinatoproject.com).  In that process of writing music with industry professionals, we were looking for an online social music-making platform that would be intuitive, inspiring for students, and affordable.  When we consulted with our school’s technology director, he found SoundTrap, and we immediately fell in love.  It enabled our project to have much more depth, as students worked with commercial composers to make tangible and valuable musical suggestions for each track. For the Hatch Ostinato Project, SoundTrap became an invaluable tool to show the visualization of the music and all the decisions that Russell Spurlock and Philip Sheppard were making as composers.  It was incredibly valuable for us to see music represented in other visual forms that were a little more intuitive for our students. 

I think that in order to create a more relevant 21st Century Music classroom, we need to focus more on the creative instincts of new and seasoned student music through collaborative composition.  SoundTrap enables us to do that in a way that combines intuitive technology with a need for social connection on a global scale.”

Schools use Soundtrap in their projects to foster deep learning and develop students’ creative, collaborative and communication skills. It is perfectly suited for project based learning.

Quick and easy to use

With Soundtrap students make music or podcasts online. They can plug in their own instrument, use the software instruments and loops available in Soundtrap or just record a song directly with their computer microphone.

Multi device & cross platform

All projects are saved in the cloud which means you can access them anywhere. Soundtrap works on Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPad so students can access their creations from any device.

Protected environment

All educational accounts come with a walled garden and COPPA compliance to keep students safe. This allows students to work together in their own, protected environment.

Collaborate remotely & in the classroom

Students and teachers collaborate via video calls from remote locations. Teachers can create group assignments and coach and help their students from where ever they are.

Assignments & Remote lessons

Teachers can give personal lessons using the built-in video feature and have all practice material ready to be sent out to the students who can add their own parts on top of the backing music.

Soundtrap was created in Sweden by an eclectic team of engineers, designers and music producers passionate about music & technology. They were united by the belief that there was a better way to create music collaboratively. With Soundtrap users can plug in their own instrument, use the software instruments available or just record a song directly with their computer microphone.

Because Soundtrap works on Mac, Windows, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Linux and ChromeBooks, it allows users to start, edit and collaborate their recordings wherever they are. Everything is stored in the cloud.

For information, visit www.soundtrap.com
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