RSL Awards and Steinberg will be at the MTA Conference, May 2021, presenting: ‘Opening DAWs: Music Technology as an Authentic Composition Tool’...

As inhabitants of music production technology, young people are often familiar with the tools needed to produce music quickly. In this session, we will demonstrate how these tools can be used in the classroom to create compositions which have both stylistic authenticity and support the development of an increasingly sophisticated musical vocabulary and knowledge of – and knowledge about - music.

Using Steinberg’s latest free software, we will provide a practical demonstration of the benchmarked skills and understanding from the beginner to the advanced and help to demystify some of the terminology and techniques which can sometimes feel far removed from the traditional classroom. You will also be able to hear from one music department who have successfully integrated music production into their curricular and co-curricular offer.

This session will suit any primary and secondary teacher as well as instrumental tutors looking to add to their tuition portfolio

Dan Francis

Dan has over 20 years’ experience in Music Education as a teacher, manager and leader at primary and secondary level, having worked as a classroom teacher, Head of Faculty, Assistant Headteacher, Head of Music Service, Consultant and Senior Leader in Education. In these roles, he has led a Music College through two consecutive Outstanding Ofsted inspections; driven an array of curricular and extra-curricular initiatives and supported specialist and non-specialist teachers and musicians working in both primary and secondary schools. He has been an examiner at both GCSE and A-Level and has extensive experience of curriculum design and development, from KS2 to KS5 and sees the close collaboration between classroom and instrumental tutors as key to creating strong musical learning and progression.

Dom Sigalas

Dom Sigalas is a London-based music producer, film composer, sound designer, and musicologist. He has written music for films, TV & radio commercials, documentaries, musicals and video games. He is also a sound designer and preset creator for Award-Winning industry-leading music hardware and software companies. He is the Product Specialist for Steinberg in UK & ROI.

Richard Bannister

Richard Bannister is Subject Lead for Music at Highcliffe School in Dorset. Highcliffe School is a co-educational secondary school and sixth form and has a school role of approximately 1460 students in years 7-13.