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Remote Teaching Strategies for JCA: Vocal Performance

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Vocal Performance


 

Resource Recommendations by Tier

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

Tier 1: Lecture Based Classes

MT 101, MT 102, MT 111, MT 112, MT 201, MT 202, MT 211, MT 212, ML 206, MH 308 SJD, ML 306, MH 305, ES 310, MH 306, ML 308, MH 307, MH 412

 

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

TH 110, AM 021-024, AM 221, DA/PWB, AM 421, MT 311, AM 300, AM 400, ME 430

Tier 2 courses include classes that involve performance based evaluations. 

Tier 3: Technique & Development Classes

AM 222, ME 330 C, ML 206, ML 306, AM 299, ES 310, ML 308, MT 413, ME 412, AM 422

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 1: Lecture Classes

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.

MT 101, MT 102, MT 111, MT 112, MT 201, MT 202, MT 211, MT 212, ML 206, MH 308 SJD, ML 306, MH 305, ES 310, MH 306, ML 308, MH 307, MH 412

 

Synchronous Learning

Some instructors may choose to have meetings at a consistent time each week that involve the class meeting on a digital format.

There are many beneficial features to synchronous learning including increased classroom engagement, and an increased opportunity to interact with your professor. In addition to these beneficial features, there are some disadvantages to practicing synchronous learning. 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 Streaming

Zoom: Zoom is a web-based communication technology that has the capacity to conduct video conferencing, annotate meetings, facilitate breakout rooms, and can record and download meetings. It supports both audio and video.

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 for review that can be screenshared via Zoom or Teams synchronously, and promotes engagement. 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 courses this semester is through asynchronous learning. Asynchronous learning is delivered via 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 submission 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.

TH 110, AM 021-024, AM 221, DA/PWB, AM 421, MT 311, AM 300, AM 400, ME 430

 

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, safety measures needed for choral performances in the time of COVID-19. There is a collection of blog posts, resources, and news articles which would provide inspiration for how to conduct choral instruction.

Is Singing Safe in a Pandemic? 

Choirs and Virtual Rehearsals

Other Choral Resources

 

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

 

Recital

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, ME 330 C, ML 206, ML 306, AM 299, ES 310, ML 308, MT 413, ME 412, AM 422

 

Language Diction

Vocal techniques and instruction are important to vocal performance students. While classes such as German, French, and Italian diction classes may be completed similar to a verbal language class, the musical aspects differ greatly. These classes may be difficult to conduct online however below is the link to Butler University’s subscription to Rosetta Stone. 

Rosetta Stone

 

Butler Opera

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 for learning virtual vocal pedagogy. The following resources include Butler subscriptions, and other institutions. 

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

CONTACT

Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937
CAT: 317-940-8575

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