Re: How are you teaching virtual beginners
Posted by DesertJazz on 8/15/2020, 9:08 am, in reply to "How are you teaching virtual beginners"
We've talked about this a lot in our program. Like a person below I don't feel like it's to our advantage to just send an instrument home and hope they put it together right. I am so meticulous normally at the beginning of the year with reeds, mouthpieces, ligatures, lining up the instrument, that it can take a solid week before I feel comfortable sending the instruments home. It pays dividends in their growth down the road and I feel it's worth it. |
Can I do that via the web? Sure I can teach it, but monitoring it seems improbable... I have thought about videoing the process and having them FlipGrid their response back, but I don't even know how effectively any of them would record that back. (I know some would)
I'm also even more afraid of the dad with pliers taking a stuck mouthpiece 'off.'
Because of this we're planning on the virtual part of the year (at least the first three weeks) being an elongated part of our normal review of notation, rhythm, etc. The real quandary is going to be when we're going half/half. Having the mandate that virtual instruction must match the in-person instruction is going to make this nearly impossible. I know a lot of people have talked about making the first semester general music. I don't know that we want to go that far, but in some ways it may be the most practical.
The only reason I'm not going that far is because I do know how much learning kids have been doing via YouTube for years. It's not going to be as effective, but that may be our only hope to not have an entire year as a wash.