M-Audio and Propellerheads have announced a new educational pack entitled "Teaching Music with Reason." The toolkit for teacher contains 21 lessons and exercises, complete with worksheets, detailed plans, songs and PDFs, and teacher evaluation materials, 10 instruction manuals, Reason Adapted CD (the light version) and full Reason 2.5 CD with instruction manual. The lessons focus on composition and form, exploring sound and improvisation, and synthesis and sound design. The software is shipping now; a sample lesson
is available on the Propellerheads website. For pricing, schools should contact their distributor.
Schools have been wary of using Reason because it is perceived as being a "dance music" tool, but this package could change that. The materials look very solid, and can be used even by teachers who lack computer music experience. If you're an educator out there, hit comments and let us know what you think of it.
Clouvel and Ptilou contributed to this report.