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PRE-CLASS ASSIGNMENT (Villanova Summer Music Studies Program):

  1. Visit the "Finale Features Chart" at MakeMusic's website - click here.
  2. Study the features added to Finale in recent versions, from Finale 2007 to the present (Finale 2011). In the chart, you can click on the name of each new feature which takes you to a new page describing that feature. Often there is an embedded movie which demonstrates how the new feature works.
  3. Decide which ten (10) improvements made to Finale since the 2007 version you believe are the most significant and useful.
  4. Write an accounting of these TOP TEN NEW FINALE FEATURES, describing the benefit and implementation of each. Be as accurate and clear as possible; organize the ten features you describe in separate bullets, paragraphs, etc. This document should be approximately 2,500 words. Type your TOP TEN listing using Word (or some other text editor).
  5. If needed, often you can find out more about Finale features by search the MakeMusic website and/or searching the Internet.
  6. Attach your Word doc to an email to me at: watsons@parklandsd.org. If you use another text editor, copy/paste your TOP TEN listing into the body of an email to me.
  7. THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE TO ME BY THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS. Your grade will be assigned based on: carefully following the assignment directions, timeliness, and completing the exercise with thoughtful prose which conveys understanding.


DAY ONE:

  • DAILY RESPONSE/DISCUSSION: Reflect on the activities of the day and post any comments/questions you have. Did something go too fast? Do we need to revisit a topic for further clarification? Is there something about which you'd like to learn more? What did you find useful/helpful? Also, please share any Finale skill or technique you hope to learn in this course, but which hasn't been mentioned.
  • View the video, "History of Printing Music" (if you haven't already done this as part of the pre-class preparation). Take a few moments to answer the questions on pp. 11-12 of your text, Finale: A Musician's Best Friend. NOTE: This does not replace the pre-class preparation assignment.
  • Establish YOUR OWN WIKISPACES account, so you can "sign in" to leave DISCUSSION messages (instructions here).
  • Register for a Noteflight.com account if you don't already have one.

DAY TWO:

  • DAILY RESPONSE/DISCUSSION: Reflect on the activities of the day and post any comments/questions you have. As always, share any Finale skill or technique you hope to learn in this course, but which hasn't been mentioned thus far.
  • Give thought to what sort of Finale Final Course Project you want to complete. See pp. 96-99 of our text for details. Be prepared to share one or two ideas with your instructor and the class tomorrow.
  • Locate a Finale-related site that contains content useful to you, either for music typesetting or for music education. Be prepared to briefly "present" this site to the class tomorrow, highlighting one page, entry, lesson, download, etc. that you find especially useful. Examples include Finale blogs, online Finale tutorials, music technology blogs with reviews, and more. To help participants find the site, please post the name of the online resource, and the URL (Internet address) in a post to the DISCUSSION area of this wiki. NOTE: YouTube is blocked at Parkland High School :(

DAY THREE:

  • DAILY RESPONSE/DISCUSSION: Reflect on the activities of the day and post any comments/questions you have.
  • Give thought to what sort of Lesson Plan, Curricular Project, or Helpful Aid you want to design. Finale must figure prominently. Try to develop an idea that can actually help you in your teaching assignment. See pp. 87-95 of our text. Bring in any materials you need for this tomorrow.
  • Complete the "Final Project Proposal" on pg. 97 of our text. Bring in any materials you need for this project (scores, manuscript, etc.).

DAY FOUR:

  • DAILY RESPONSE/DISCUSSION: Reflect on the activities of the day and post any comments/questions you have.
  • Read the article, "Copyright Concerns," at this wiki.
  • Study for the Finale Quiz tomorrow.