January 23

EP. 35 – From Serbia to China, a full middle school music technology program & A.I. use cases w/ Damir Odobasic


Damir Odobasic is Head of Music at Shanghai United International School, China.

Growing up in Serbia and following a formal route to learning piano accordion, Damir came to a crossroads regarding his future. On the advice of a friend, he was encouraged to look at music teaching jobs in China. Fast-forward a few years and Damir has found his direction. A place where, as he calls it, he can "swim".

We start this episode with a beautiful piano accordion performance from Damir, before delving deep into a step-by-step walk through of his technology-focused middle school music curriculum. 

In this episode we explore:

  • a bit about Damir's life growing up in Serbia.
  • how Damir learnt about international school teaching and his process to decide between pursuing a career in IT or in music education.
  • the goals and purpose of his blog 'Damir Musicverse' (links below).
  • how Damir responded when his current principal asked him to design a future-focused music curriculum.
  • the three 'pillars' of his middle school music curriculum: theory/history, performance (ukulele) and technology.
  • the complete content and approach of the Grade 6, 7 and 8 music tech program.
  • how Damir is working with the wider school to explore use cases for A.I. to improve school systems, including improving efficiency when writing student testimonial statements.

Damir is such a lovely guy who is clearly passionate about what he is doing. Damir is excited to connect with the wider MTIIS community to share ideas and help others. This is also a fantastic interview for those who are non-dominant passport holders looking for guidance and inspiration for a move to international school music teaching.


Get in touch with Damir:

Damir Musicverse: https://www.damirmusictech.com/

Links and resources from this episode:

Damir's complete Grade 6, 7 & 8 Music Technology program outline:


End of year student survey guide:


GarageBand use cases guide:


Other apps and tools mentioned in this episode:

This episode is brought to you by the Unviersity of Warwick's new PGCEi iQTS program that now includes the perfect qualification to help music educators prepare to find the position of their dreams in an international school. Learn more here: https://warwick.ac.uk/cte

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