Zack Moir and Bryden Stillie from music have, in collaboration with Andy Krikun from Bergen Community College in New Jersey, USA, launched an international songwriting/composition project. Each of the first years on the BA Popular Music programme here at Edinburgh Napier University, will team up with students from the Songwriting programme at Bergen Community College to compose and produce music using the web-based production software 'Soundtrap'. This allows students to collaborate in the composition and production of new music, and to produce professional recordings with people on either side of the Atlantic, without having to leave their respective locations. This means that students from both institutions have the opportunity to expand their professional network and work with people who they would be unlikely to meet, otherwise. Working in this way also reduces the need for travel and this
Moir, Stillie, and Krikun will use this creative project as the basis for a pedagogical research project that will explore issues surrounding creativity, collaboration, inclusion and international partnerships. This work will be presented at the Association of Popular Music Educators conference at New York University in June of this year.
Soundtrap have supported the project by providing free licences for all of our students, and they have asked us to provide a report on the outcomes of the project.
28 January 2019