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Remote Teaching Strategies for JCA: Choral Music Education

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Choral Music Education


 

Resource Recommendations by Tier

In order to most effectively share resources for the various Choral Music Education courses, the Center for Academic Technology has broken down the curriculum into the following tiers:

Tier 1: Lecture Based Classes

MT 101-102, MT 201-202, MT 111-112, MT 211-112,  MH 305, MH 306-W, MH 307, MH 308-SJD, MH 412, MT 307

Tier 1 courses include classes that are rooted in theory and are trended more towards discussion and lectures. They are less difficult to convert to a digital format. 

Tier 2: Performance Based Classes

AM 221/421, AM 023/024, AM 112/312, AM 300/400, MH 440, MH 441, MH 442, DA/PWB, TH 111, PCA 222, MT 308

Tier 2 courses include classes that involve performance based evaluations. 

Tier 3: Technique & Development Classes

AM 222/422, ES 110/310, ES 313, ME 330-C, ME 412, ME 426, ME 430, ML 206, ML 306, ML 308, MT 311, MT 322, MT 413, MT 307

Tier 3 courses are made up of elements that involve more intense instruction and evaluation. These courses are designed to help students focus on specific techniques necessary to their practices. These courses can be a mix of individual instruction and performance based classes.

Tier 4: Education Based Classes

ME 101/102, ME 299, ME 325-C, MS 326-I, ME 425, ME 480, ED 242, ED 299, ED 425, ED 426, ED 492, ED 425, ED 426

Tier 4 courses include classes that involve educational courses with the concentration in basic music instruction.

 

Tier 1: Lecture Classes

Tier 1 courses include classes that are rooted in theory and are trended more towards discussion and lectures. Generally speaking, these courses are less difficult to convert to a digital format.

MT 101-102, MT 201-202, MT 111-112, MT 211-112,  MH 305, MH 306-W, MH 307, MH 308-SJD, MH 412, MT 307

 

Synchronous Learning

Some instructors may choose to have virtual meetings involving the whole class at a consistent time each week. Benefits to such synchronous meetings include increased classroom engagement, as well as increased opportunities for students to engage in real-time interaction with their professors. In addition to these beneficial features, there are some disadvantages to scheduling synchronous meetings. These include a rigid schedule that is not easily adaptable for the chaotic new world students have entered into and technical difficulties can occur more easily.

 

Synchronous Meeting Spaces

Zoom: Zoom is a web-based communication technology that supports audio/video conferencing, whiteboard annotation, and breakout rooms for small group collaboration. Meetings can be recorded locally (on your own computer) or to the Zoom cloud. Recording to the cloud is a better option for those with low disk space, but do note that cloud recordings are deleted after 14 days. Cloud recordings needed beyond that timeframe should be downloaded and moved to a different storage location, such as Panopto or Google Drive.

Hangouts: Hangouts is a unified communication system, similar to Zoom, that allows members to initiate and participate in text, voice or video chats. It can be used on both iOS and Android devices.

Teams: Microsoft Teams can be blended directly into your Canvas course and allows students to be able to meet similarly to Zoom.

 

Synchronous Engagement

Kahoot: Kahoot is a game-based learning platform that allows instructors to create games and quizzes that can be screenshared synchronously via Zoom or Teams. This is useful for spicing up any lecture.

PollEverywhere: PollEverywhere allows students to use their mobile phones or laptops to respond to polls synchronously or asynchronously. PollEverywhere is useful for gathering student feedback and has the potential to work well with larger class sizes.

 

Asynchronous Learning

Another way to conduct online courses is through asynchronous learning, which differs from synchronous learning in that it doesn't dictate real-time interaction between students and professors. Asynchronous learning is delivered via discussion forums, videos, emails, and messages where students will complete lessons on their own, though typically with a set of weekly or daily due dates. Similar to synchronous learning, asynchronous learning has both pros and cons. Synchronous learning is ideal for students who need a more flexible schedule and to avoid technical errors; however, students who lack motivation may discover that the low levels of interaction make completing work more difficult. Asynchronous learning and its success is largely dependent on the individual and their work ethic.

 

Video Recording

Panopto: Panopto is a software solution that allows the recording of audio/video content, as well as includes a web-based editor. It is useful for recording lectures that students can view on their own time, as well as for students to upload video submissions of their work directly to the course.

 

Discussion Forums

Canvas: Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system that Butler adopted in Spring 2019. It has many tools that could be useful for teaching an asynchronous class. Discussion boards allow professors and students to “discuss” a lecture, offer feedback to other students, and share audio/video. Instructors can also grade Canvas discussions.

FlipGrid: Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” to host video discussions. Teachers can post questions or prompts which are called “topics,” and then students can post video responses that appear in the tiled grid display. It is useful for sharing videos that could be a response to an acting prompt, and allowing students to comment on each other’s performance utilizing videos.

 

Music Theory & Music History

Similar to music history, music theory is more accessible for online learning than performance based courses. However, it can be difficult to get access to physical materials and resources. The below links are resources that would help users gain access to tools which might help in music theory education.

Artusi: Interactive Musical Theory

MusicTheory.Net

Music Theory Examples and Women

Rising Software

Solfeg.io Music Instruction

UTheory.com

teoria: Music Theory Web

Tier 2: Performance Based Classes

Tier 2 courses include classes that involve performance-based evaluations.

AM 221/421, AM 023/024, AM 112/312, AM 300/400, MH 440, MH 441, MH 442, DA/PWB, TH 111, PCA 222, MT 308

 

Private Lessons

Forbes published a series of articles for aspiring performers and their instructors. As face-to-face instruction is difficult at this time, this series was designed to help students continue their private music lessons remotely. 

 

Conducting Successful Virtual Lessons

Preparing for Virtual Music Lessons

Continuing Online Music Lessons

Getting the Most from Virtual Music Lessons

 

Keyboard/Piano Skills

Keyboard and piano skills are required for the majority of music majors within JCA. For more resources on this area of practice, visit the provided link: Instrumental Music: Piano

 

Choral 

The following resources pertain to communal choral performance, choral instruction, and safety measures needed for choral performances in the time of COVID-19. There is a collection of blog posts, resources, and news articles sure to provide inspiration for how to conduct choral instruction. 

 

Is Singing in a Choir Safe?

Virtual Rehearsals 

Children's Choirs and Virtual Auditions 

Choral Students Online Collaborations 

High School Seniors Sing on Zoom Call

Suggestions for Zoom Use with Congregation based Choirs

Learning how to do virtual choir rehearsals 

Sing Along with Strangers in this Virtual Choirs

Choir Practice During Pandemic 

Challenge of Lagging in Choir Rehearsals

 

Vocal Performance

Vocal performance is essential to students with a focus in choral education. The following resources are a mixture of individual and group based performances. 

 

Resources for Choral Professionals during a Pandemic

Students and Music School performances

Soundtrap.com- Make Music

Zoom Concerts 

Zoom for Singing Teachers

 

Recitals

Recitals are an integral part of vocal student evaluations. The following blogs provide ideas and resources for how students are able to put on recitals despite social distancing rules. 

 

How to Host an Online Recital

Online Recital Ideas

Getting Creative with Online Recitals

Panopto- Music Recital Lecture

Tier 3: Technique & Development Classes

Tier 3 courses are made up of elements that involve more intense instruction and evaluation. These courses are designed to help students focus on specific techniques necessary to their practices. These courses can be a mix of individual instruction and performance based classes.  AM 222/422, ES 110/310, ES 313, ME 330-C, ME 412, ME 426, ME 430, ML 206, ML 306, ML 308, MT 311, MT 322, MT 413, MT 307

 

Butler Opera Requirement

JCA vocal students are required to complete an opera requirement. The following resources are inspiration for how to conduct opera courses remotely, and other resources for studying opera. 

 

Opera America: Resources

La Opera: Opera to Learn By

Virtual Learning Tools for Opera at Home

Butler: MET On Demand

 

Vocal Pedagogy

Butler University libraries have multiple resources related to vocal pedagogy. The following resources are drawn from a combination of Butler database subscriptions and generally available websites.

 

Butler WorldCAT Resources on Vocal Pedagogy

Butler WorldCAT Resources on Vocal Pedagogy (2)

Online Butler Resources on Vocal Pedagogy

Vocal Pedagogy- Science Direct

Vocal Pedagogy Resources Online- Peabody Institute

Panopto and Video in Pedagogy

Tier 4: Education Based Classes

Tier 4 courses include classes that involve educational courses with the concentration in basic music instruction.  

ME 101/102, ME 299, ME 325-C, MS 326-I, ME 425, ME 480, ED 242, ED 299, ED 425, ED 426, ED 492, ED 425, ED 426

 

General Music Education 

Music education is a large portion of the choral education curriculum. The provided resources are a jump start for how to conduct virtual musical education. Although there are courses in the curriculum for music administration, and special education, the provided links include a multitude of resources which should be helpful for the aforementioned areas of music education. 

Finding Music Resources: Methods and Approaches

Finding Music Resources: Special Learners

Incredibox.com

Audacityteam.org

BandLab for Education- Free Resources

Music Lessons at Home

Soundtrap.com

Online Humanities and the Liberal Arts

 

CONTACT

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Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937
CAT: 317-940-8575

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