We hear reports every day about how technology is changing the world, for better and for worse, but what is technology doing for music education?
I’m sure there are plenty of teachers out there who have yet to try bringing any kind of tech into their music lessons. After all, what if what you’ve done for the last 20 years is working, why should you change it now?
If you use technology right, it should enhance the way you already teach, not change it. Whether you simply ask your student to record something they need to remember, take a photo of a hand position or practice their sight singing with the Aural Trainer, there’s always a simple way for you to jump in.
Apps and software can be invaluable additions to your teaching, and create “flipped” learning. When you flip the learning, you don’t have to spend time teaching something you have already taught, saving you valuable lesson time (something I know we all struggle with!).
Simon has tons of great ideas to share with us, and I hope today’s podcast will inspire you to try out something new this week.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- How to utilise “flipped” learning
- Why you should consider incorporating technology in your teaching
- How to make sure technology supports your own teaching style
- How to make use of students’ smartphones to record parts of the lesson
- How to get kids started composing their own pieces
- The best apps to encourage student creativity and composition
- How to get started if you haven’t used technology for teaching before
Items mentioned in this podcast:
- TTTV001: Student Composition Tactics with Daniel McFarlane
- ABRSM Aural Trainer apps
- Note Perfect!
- Ear Trainer
- Everyday Looper
- Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon form 2 man doo-wop group using iPad
- Speed Shifter
- Practice Partner
Today’s sponsor: ABRSM
The exam board ABRSM have created a range of useful digital learning tools which help make music practice more engaging.
Whether you’re looking to slow down recordings on your tablet, encourage your students to practice for aural tests more effectively, or help them learn to write melodies, ABRSM have a collection of mobile and web apps which you’re sure to find useful for you and your students.
- You may have heard of Speedshifter? It slows down any recording you may have on your tablet without altering the pitch.
- The award-winning Aural Trainer which I previously mentioned is now available for Grades 1 to 5 and Grades 6 to 8.
- Melody Writer is a free online tool and develops musical theory knowledge and understanding.
- And if your students are learning to play the ABRSM exam pieces, Piano Practice Partner and Violin Practice Partner, are fantastic tools designed to make their practice sessions more fun and engaging.
Check them out today – you can find more information about all of them at www.abrsm.org/apps
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How much do you embrace technology in your teaching?
Are you a technology expert? Or a complete novice? Did today’s podcast inspire you to try something new? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments.
I wanted to post about a new music education technology called WURRLYedu.
To give you guys the run down, WURRLYedu is a complete technological solution for music educators designed to inspire students and create engaged learners. For teachers, it is a web portal with a personalized curriculum builder, supported by lesson plans and short form videos. For students, it’s a mobile app containing thousands of popular songs that students can customize, practice and record both inside the classroom and at home. This app really makes it simple for teachers to offer emotionally relevant content on multiple smart devices!
Here is the link to their blog https://blog.wurrly.com/wurrlyedu/ as well as the link to their website https://www.wurrlyedu.com/about if you’re interested!
I love technology as an assist to help and excite learners. The use of technology won’t ever be a replacement for effective, pedagogically sound teaching. It can certainly enhance it. I’ve tried flipped learning in my studio. I have recorded videos of scales and pieces for students from beginner to advanced. Here’s a scale backing track & video for Grade 1 AMEB piano – a more classical accompaniment: https://youtu.be/ei9pj-GPrBo
and here’s a more contemporary style: https://youtu.be/FBtYVpTCCgs
These backing tracks are available from http://www.forteschoolofmusic.bandcamp.com – you can play them and try them out. There’s Grade 1 & 2 Piano for Leisure there.
The one challenge I find with flipped learning is that younger students aren’t so good at actually doing the work at home, even when I ask their parents, AND when they have an exam coming up! Flipped learning seems to work best for motivated learners.
I’ve been doing webinars and professional development workshops on using Garage Band in the piano teaching studio – anyone that is interested, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or connect with me on Facebook (Facebook.com/PaulForteAus)
Thanks Tim, another excellent podcast!
Cheers Paul – thanks for sharing. We need to get you on here for a Garageband webinar 🙂