Flipping the classroom can sound daunting. Providing extra content to students – and then not having that content to present in class – can feel like a lot of extra work for even the most experienced educator. Whether you’re new to the flipped classroom model or a savvy veteran, you’ll need a lesson plan that incorporates the principles of a flipped classroom in a way that enhances student learning.
In the past ten years, flipping the classroom has taken the education world by storm. Music teachers, however, often feel left behind this wave of changes. As music educators know, the ensemble classroom is wildly different than other subjects. The combination of technical skills and artistic skills makes it hard to simply turn a lecture into a video.
It’s back-to-school time. To help, we’ve got some new large ensemble titles. This month we’ve added two titles for choir, five for concert band, three for string orchestra, and four for jazz ensemble (including Gordon Goodwin’s killer arrangement of Herbie Hancock’ Watermelon Man). View the complete list of new ensemble pieces.
How do you help your students prepare for an important audition? Have you tried making etudes the focus of an entire lesson plan?
Of course, etudes have all sorts of applications to your concert repertoire. Helping students learn phrasing, lyricism, and technique will pay dividends come concert time, and might help your students secure that coveted honor band position as well.
Incorporating instrumental technique into your lesson plans doesn’t have to be dry and boring. In a previous blog post, we outlined ways that you can make teaching technique more accessible and fun for your students. Some of those approaches – like setting aside time every day – are straightforward to implement.
This month the spotlight is on Paul Baker’s funky jazz ensemble piece Arnge Drank (which is, of course, in SmartMusic). Rather than tell you how fun this grade 3 chart is, take a quick listen to this video of the All-American College Band playing it (with added tuba and French horns):
To help us provide performance suggestions for the piece, we went right to the source, Paul Baker, composer of Arnge Drank and owner of Baker’s Jazz And More Music Publishing.
How do you take a performance of a wind band standard to the next level? Inevitably, the answer involves phrasing, dynamics, and musicality. Of course, teaching these musical concepts can be difficult. You can make it easier by helping your students take ownership of their own musical decisions.
Using differentiated instruction in your lesson plan can also help.
Young instrumentalists spend lots of time with their method books. How do you make sure that these books are addressing state standards, keeping students engaged, and helping them progress? You include your method in your lesson plan.
We’ve created a free lesson plan for you to use in SmartMusic with your students.
There are few things worse than unexpectedly needing a sub. It often begins with an unexpected circumstance that upsets your routine, followed by the realization of what the consequences will be for your classroom. You’ll miss rehearsal time with your students, your sub may or may not have music experience, and you might not even be able to contact them beforehand.