David Birrow awarded Innovation in Music Education Award

Teacher, Clinician & Percussionist, David Birrow leads by example

David Birrow has been named the first recipient of Slam Academy’s new annual Innovation in Music Education Award for being a leader in implementing technology in every class as a way to empower his students to create, learn and communicate. Birrow will receive the award during a school assembly at Breck School on December 18th

Birrow currently teaches in Minneapolis for the MacPhail Center for Music and Breck School. He is a percussionist, teacher and licensed educator with experience teaching K-12 general music in both public and private schools as well as individual and group percussion instruction. Birrow attended the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music with a major in Music Education. He then earned a Master’s of Music degree in Instrumental Performance from the University of Minnesota. He has also written a new book about how to teach bucket drumming, properly titled: The Bucket Book.

Birrow teaches courses to students in grades 5-12 in Music Production, Music Theory, Music Psychology, Video Editing, World Music, and Film Music. Birrow’s classrooms are hands-on, active places where students are situated as composers, DJs, editors, musicologists and performers.

“Technology also allows students to self-differentiate how they work in class,” said Birrow. “They also learn about the history of electronic music.”

 

Students construct their own knowledge as they remix songs, perform experiments, code video games, and play music. In his 7-8 grade Digital Music class, students learn how to DJ, produce house and techno tracks, and perform on synth instruments. Students get their hands on MIDI keyboards, DJ controllers, and electronic drums as they learn about melody, harmony, rhythm, and form. They use Garageband, Hydrogen Drum Machine, and Audacity to create music in several genres. After creating a new song, students post their compositions on a class website, allowing their classmates to listen and provide feedback.

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Innovation in Music Education Award (IMEA) Purpose & Mission:

The Slam Academy Innovation in Music Education Award was created to showcase innovative uses of music technology in pre-college education. Slam Academy believes that educators who effectively embrace such technologies are preparing students for a future not only as musicians, but as technologically-astute citizens.

Slam Academy has always offered students various vocational programs in music production, music theory and performance, and with David’s teachings to middle and high school students, this will help nurture and prepare our Slam Academy students to round out their education with industry and career advancing concepts, including production, music theory, music business, composing, sound design, recording engineering and DJ’ing.