Digital Skills For Musicians.

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An overview of possible content for an online course. For each topic there are technical and creative elements; how does the app work and how can you use it for your own development? The content will concentrate on free apps and services, with mention of the benefits you might get from upgrades.

I have a nagging urge to create an online course; Digital Skills & Habits for Musicians. Throughout my working life I've had some connection with education and in recent years my passion has been centred round digital technologies and the web. In my experience, current music courses don't offer convincing curriculum content for the things that I see as central to learning and working in the creative industries - the social web, self publishing, and all the openness and connections that exist because of Web 2.0.

Much of the discussion around musicians and the web assumes that 'musician' means band or songwriter, looking to win fans and sell music. My own experience shows that 'musician' can be interpreted far more broadly to cover a range of work.
In fact, if I survey 100 of my colleagues making a living from music, only a small proportion are artists/bands directly promoting themselves to fans; the rest are composers, performers, producers, engineers and arrangers. So I'd expect the content of the course to reflect this.

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I'm not starting entirely from scratch with this; I'd want to build on the content and community at www.manchestermusician.co.uk

I am not an expert in web tools for musicians but therein lies one of the many benefits of the social web – expertise is readily available and shared. A central message would need to be that we must continually adapt to change; what works today will have developed and evolved by tomorrow. Through my own learning and development with digital tools and services I believe I am well placed to facilitate learning. The course will require each individual learner to personalise their development for their own needs and interests, and demonstrate learning with practical uses of the apps and services.
Here is my current overview. For each topic there are technical and creative elements; how does the app work and how can you use it for your own development?

Module
Content
Notes
Digital Sound
This includes editing, compressing, hosting, embedding, sharing, transferring and presenting.
Apps and services like Audacity, Garageband, Soundcloud, iTunes, YouSendIt, FTP, idisk
Digital Images
Video, photography and graphics. This includes creating, editing, compressing, hosting, embedding, sharing, transferring and presenting.
Apps and services like iMovie, iPhoto, Flickr, Photobucket, Slideshare, YouTube, Animoto, OneTrueMedia, Xtranormal, Vimeo, Quicktime, Kyte.tv
Have Your Say
(self publishing)
Blogging, micro blogging, podcasts, wikis, buying a url, vodcasts and broadcasting.
Apps and services like Twitter, Wordpress, Blogger, wikispaces, iTunes and audio/video hosting services.
Make connections (social networks and communications)
This is about being part of the global music community.
Myspace, Facebook, Ning, Imeem, LastFM, forums, commenting, Skype, iChat, fourms and commenting.
Information (finding, organising and using
RSS, social bookmarking, using and evaluating information.
Apps and services like delicious, google