It needs to be different than elementary music for sure and we have to find a way to still make it exciting. No idea what the actual school year is going to look like or how we are going to shrink class sizes to a small enough level for safety ...
Regardless though, Iím going to try and find a way to help my kids still keep making music. Use fun programs like Soundtrap or ThetaMusic or Noteflight for music creation / ear-training. Mix in Smartmusic for the kids who have instruments. Have small ensembles to get some group playing experience. (Again, no idea how that is going to work. Those decision are well above my pay grade.)
Our district is encouraging us, through summer PD, to develop some ĎBlended Learningí plans. Combo of some days at school / some days online learning.
We are going to have to get ultra-creative here people. Find a way to keep teaching valuable lessons to our kiddos, keep our jobs, AND keep the art of Wind Band music alive!!!
Itís probably not gonna look like what we have been used to doing in the past though. Unless the decisions come down that school can continue just like before (which might happen: August is still a long ways away), this school
Year will be different.
And itís up to us to shape lessons that matter.
If you want some ideas, check out the page I put together to organize the links and online assignments we used with our kids this last 9-weeks.
Choose Your Musical Adventure
It wasnít perfect but my students seemed to enjoy it for the most part. Iíll try and organize the site in the next few weeks with reviews from the kids about what they did. Maybe include bits of their creations as examples of what is possible.
Cheers and Best of luck everyone!