Thank you for submitting your request! Due to the overwhelming impact of COVID-19 resulting in school closures, we are experiencing higher than normal requests and receiving access to SmartMusic may be delayed. Your patience is greatly appreciated and please know we are making this a priority.
What can you expect next? Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email from us inviting you to connect. Please communicate to your students that you can grant them access directly through the platform. If you don’t see it, check your SPAM folder. Still not there? Contact us.
In the meantime, get a head start on teaching music in the cloud by enrolling in SmartMusic Academy. These free online courses will guide you through the ins and outs of SmartMusic.
Additional Tips and Tools for Preparing to Teach Remotely
In advance of potential school closures and virtual teaching, review the following as a starting point for transitioning your in-class instruction to an online space:
Make a Plan: Review the lesson and course assignments for the remainder of the semester and consider ways of transferring in-class instruction to a virtual space. Need lesson plan ideas? Check out SmartMusic’s Compose YOURSELF composition lesson series.
Go Online: Choose the technology platforms you plan to utilize to access your students online. Consider ways to send and receive assignments, provide updates, administer exams, etc. Some tools to help you get started:
Communicate: Send a very detailed message with the action plan, expectations, and instructions to students and parents.
- Make sure your class email/phone list is up-to-date
- Private Facebook Group (if social media is appropriate)
Do what you do best: Teach. Take remote teaching as an opportunity to be creative in your assignments and instruction. Create more listening assignments, assign music history videos and documentaries, reports on notable musicians or compositions, etc.
Questions to ask your administration:
- Will it be okay for students to take their instruments home for practice purposes? (For instrument cleaning, care, and maintenance, see Alfred Music’s Care Kits.)
- Will students be able to take their Chromebooks/iPads home?
If students are unable to take their instrument(s) home, or are unable to access course material online via computer, Chromebook, or iPad, consider the following reproducible resources and assignments as ideas or solutions:
While virtual teaching may be a major adjustment to you and your students, do your best to stay positive and keep students engaged and encouraged. And remember to promote self-care—for yourself and your students—so you can all return to the classroom healthy, charged, and ready to make music.