From a recent training in Salt Lake
City for Granite School District:
Bruce's training is extremely
informative. He worked at a speed that everyone could follow. As he
taught at the speed of the majority of the class he answered more advanced
questions to kept everyone engaged. He was extremely knowledgeble
with hotkeys which helped the beginners as well as advanced. I enjoy
attending his basic class to refresh my memory as well as attending
his advanced training.
Sibelius training session was extremely good. He was well organized and reached
out to the needs of the students. Because of this introduction, I have
chosen 'proficiency in Sibelius' as one of my PG&E projects.
an inside expert in Sibelius software, Bruce is able to clearly and simply
disseminate useful information that even the technical support personnel at
Sibelius cannot provide.
Carol Ann Goodson
K-12 Music Specialist
Granite School District
Just a quick note to say that I found your
"Beginning to Intermediate Sibelius" workshop to be very helpful.
I was very impressed with your familiarity with every aspect of the the
program and your ability to simultaneously teach complete beginners as well as
more advanced students.
Prior to attending your workshop, I'd owned Sibelius for
quite a while. And despite the fact that I'm a working composer (and very
conversant with Digital Performer and ProTools) I'd never become comfortable
Workshops that deal with software, particularly programs
that are as deep as Sibelius, can be mind-numbing because of the sheer volume
of information involved. But instead of overwhelming us with a litany of
instructions (i.e. "memorize this sequence of keystrokes to get this
result") you focused on providing a high-level understanding of Sibelius'
design philosophy and operating principles. Armed with that knowledge and
a bit of practice, I am now starting to make good progress in finding my way
I hope to sign up for your Intermediate to Advanced Level
seminar before too long.
Bruce did an exceptional job presenting to a group of music teachers whose technology experience was quite varied. His presentation style, ability to explain things, sense of humor, and knowledge of the software made the workshop fun, interesting, and extremely helpful. I immediately went back to my school to install the software and have already used it with my classes, helping to teach students songs, note reading, and for recorder, keyboard, and barred instrument playing. Bruce’s organizational and communication skills made the workshop relevant for each participant. I knew it was a GREAT workshop when the six hours flew by and I didn’t want it to end.
Joe Puzzo, Vocal Music Teacher
Arlington Science Focus School
I would highly recommend taking Bruce's Sibelius training workshops,
even if you've worked with Sibelius for several years, which was my
case. I greatly benefited from Bruce's ability to make us re-think not
only our methods we use but to also understand how Sibelius thinks to
tackle the situations you'll inevitable face in compositions to come.
This beginning course was invaluable and I look forward to an
intermediate course soon.
An Elegant Touch of Strings Quartet
I have had the opportunity to work with Bruce Munson in my capacity as a school district fine arts
coordinator for two school districts and as a music educator for the
past several years. He is an excellent presenter when it comes to
teaching teachers. He has the technological skills and understanding
of many practical and useful music education tools, especially
Sibelius. However, unlike some techno-gurus, Bruce actually has the
pedagogical skills and experience to work with adult teacher/learners.
He explains the technology in a way even the most fearful "technophobe"
can understand. He also can relate to some of the challenges that
classroom teachers face and help them see how the technology can help
them enhance their personal teaching skills. He sees the big picture
as to how the technology can enhance the artistry, skill and
musicianship the teacher is trying to teach. He provides examples of
how the technology can be used in practical real-life classroom
situations where optimal music labs are not always available. Many
music and elementary classroom teachers in the Jordan and Nebo school districts
are comfortably and creatively using Sibelius in their classrooms as a
result of Bruce's in-service instruction. They are not afraid of the
technology and are eager to learn more music technology
as it becomes available. I plan to continue using Bruce as a trainer
as much as I can because I know my teachers will receive quality
instruction as well as continued support and feedback!
Julie P. Christofferson
President/ Utah Music Educators Association
District Fine Arts Coordinator/Nebo School District
Spanish Fork, UT
Bruce Munson is an excellent Sibelius (music
technology) trainer. Because of his teaching background, and because he's
also a musician, he is able to communicate clearly with a wide range of
audiences how technology works, in language that's easily understandable,
and not filled with jargon. Those whom he teaches are thus able to use the
skills they learn to be more creative in their musical lives and also
to complete music technology tasks quickly and with
Eastern Region Manager
Sibelius, a part of Avid.
Bruce Munson has been very
instrumental in helping me speed up my engraving time and having a much more
well-rounded knowledge of my (now favorite) notation program, Sibelius. Having
been a Finale user for 15 years, he introduced me to a whole new way of working.
He’s worked individually with me on problems, and I’ve also taken his classes,
which are very organized and concise. ALL
questions are answered and explained thoroughly, and one goes through all
elements interactively that he presents on a computer provided. Bruce has also
bailed me out of some very sticky issues with his endless knowledge of the
program, and is always available by email or phone within 24 hours for help or
questions. We’ve worked together on projects, and I would highly recommend him
for software training, engraving, or arranging.
San Rafael, CA
Bruce is a superb Sibelius trainer. He has come
to Front Range Community College for Beginning and Intermediate Sibelius training
sessions many times over the past six years and done a wonderful job. He is highly organized and has an amazing ability to assess the level of technical
experience that each student brings to the session and accommodates the pace
and adapts his material accordingly. His past experience as a music
educator is particularly effective and useful to our faculty and students
because he emphasizes how the program can be used in various teaching
situations. He has created various teaching modules designed to
teach different aspects, applications and educational uses of this software. It is obvious that he has a successful pedagogical approach to teaching the Sibelius software.
Music and Dance Lead Instructor
Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus
Fort Collins, CO
Bruce Munson and I worked together at Sibelius USA for several years. As a former music educator, Bruce has classroom experience and exceptional teaching skills that made him a top trainer and clinician for Sibelius. Because of his detailed knowledge of Sibelius and sound pedagogical approach we've relied on him to "train the trainer" and to write course materials. He is equally comfortable working with novice users or professional "power" users of the software. His support and training of music educators, students, professional artists, music publishers and production companies significantly contributes to their success and satisfaction with Sibelius.
Director, Business Development
Sibelius, a part of Avid.
Walnut Creek, CA
Bruce is an excellent teacher. He keeps a balance between sticking to the outline of
the class and answering individual questions as they come up. He is flexible, but does not let the
class bog down.
I am an amateur musician playing piano and fiddle. I think that any powerful program like
Sibelius requires training. I have used Sibelius for several years, but Bruce’s training gave me
several hints that were each worth the price of admission. The best thing I
learned was to get myself off the mouse and onto shortcut keyboard commands.
My most recent use of Sibelius was to rewrite a short piece
by Beethoven. I was having
trouble with the rhythm and the engraving was cryptic. I re-wrote the variation in
Sibelius, marked every single one of the 16th triplets with a
bracket and number 3. The engraver
wouldn’t bother, but I’m the student and I need those brackets
marked. I significantly improved
my rhythm…like night and day, said my piano teacher.
Like all good classes, I learned what the teacher promised,
and then more!
Bay Area, CA
Thank you Bruce for a fabulous workshop! One of the many positive comments heard from teachers included: "This is exactly what I needed to start working with Sibelius. Thanks to Bruce's excellent instruction and support documents, I'm now ready to go! He answered all my questions and didn't make me feel "silly" for asking them. Hope he comes back soon!"
We look forward to a continued partnership with Bruce!
Music Curriculum Coordinator
Jeffco Public Schools
Here in the Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District, we’ve hired Bruce Munson to fly in for our teacher in-service training, and
work directly with the music faculty. We
were impressed with Bruce’s knowledge of the software, versatile teaching style,
and overall warm personality. We highly
recommend Bruce Munson for Sibelius software training, and we look forward
to seeing him for our “next step” here in GCISD.
Associate Director of Band
of Percussion Studies and Jazz Studies
Colleyville Heritage High School
As Coordinator of Music for the Farmington Municipal Schools we have had Bruce Munson come and provide training for our music staff on the Sibelius program twice in the last year. His training is always well organized and he is careful to be sure everyone understands the concepts being taught. He provides frequent opportunities for participants to utilize the various skills before moving on to the next step. Opportunities for questions are an integral part of his teaching format.
Coordinator of Music, Elementary Fine Arts Program
Farmington Municipal Schools
Bruce Munson provided a mostly hands-on Sibelius Professional Development training to our K-12 music teachers. This six-hour in-service was widely appreciated by the teachers and I have had numerous requests from them to bring Mr. Munson back to continue the training. Bruce did a wonderful job working with this audience of primary, elementary, middle school and high school staff with widely varying experience with Sibelius music notation software, PhotoScore and Scorch technologies.
Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts
Department of Instruction
Las Cruces Public Schools
Las Cruces, NM
|I have received Sibelius tuition from Bruce Munson in group classes and one-on one training over the last four years. He not only knows the program inside out and back to front, but is also very clearly a highly skilled musician and teacher. There is nothing in the program, or about score preparation he doesn't know, and as an instructor he communicates everything so clearly, making sure you're with him all the way. I recently have seeked Bruce's help in my work preparing scores for San Francisco Ballet Orchestra's New Works Festival in 2008.
Bruce has also been a major source of guidance in my college teaching work, where Sibelius has been installed in the music lab. In my work as a music copyist and music technology instructor, it's been very helpful to know I can readily call on Bruce when I come up against any issues.
Freelance Music Copyist
Music Instructor, Napa Valley College
San Anselmo, CA
If Bruce Munson were a mountain climber, he would be remembered with the same respect as Sir Edmund Hillary. For
nearly a decade now I have done my best to monopolize his time asking
questions, listening, and attending his seminars. Even though I have a
masters degree with a focus on notation, have written two books on the
subject, and have invested many thousand hours sequencing and notating
within my school teaching career; I feel I am stumbling around the
foothills while Bruce stands on the summit. Every serious musician or educator should have the chance to glean from his tireless preparation. From my experience, he is the final authority on Sibelius and Pro Tools. Anyone who intends to climb the digital notation mountain should start by learning as much as possible from Bruce Munson.
Budge T. Porritt, Jr.
Music Teacher (28 years)
Salt Lake City School District
Salt Lake, UT
When we first introduced
Sibelius to our district music staff, Bruce offered a workshop on the basics of
Sibelius. The workshop was invaluable. In subsequent workshops,
Bruce would demonstrate higher level capabilities of Sibelius and
always a "gem" of a new shortcut or function. He is a treasure.
Curriculum Developer, Music/
I've had the pleasure to be in training sessions for various computer
music software with Bruce. He moves fast, but never loses anyone. I
can't believe what a patient teacher he is! I appreciate that he
explains something in many ways until everyone understands it.
Although he has taught Herbie Hancock and Michael Tilson Thomas, he
shows no ego when he's teaching me. In fact, Bruce makes me feel as
important as them.
Director of Instrumental Music
Stanley Middle School
Mr. Munson presented a wonderfully helpful and insightful workshop on the use of the Sibelius music software program for the K-12
music department in the Easton Area School District
in late August, 2009. He began with general background information and
allowed both novice and experienced users the ability to communicate
about and navigate through the program. His course outline provided
necessary structure and guidance as we explored in some depth the
particular nuances of the program. There was plenty of opportunity to
experiment in using the program applications as well as to ask
questions. As a department, we found the program to be very
accessible. While we currently have the software only in our middle and
high school keyboard labs, we hope to soon expand its scope to include
our buildings. We were very impressed with Mr. Munson’s presentation
and hope to have him return in the future for further training on more
advanced applications of this program.
Music Teacher, Cheston Elementary School
Easton Area School District
More testimonials to come!