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