As with many schools across our nation and the globe right now, I am nearing the end of my third week of Digital Teaching and Learning. It has been a challenge to relearn how to deliver engaging and quality music lessons in a virtual format. However, I truly believe the biggest challenge is being away from my students physically. I am sure most teachers can identify with that sentiment. We are away from the people we care about and invest in with so much of our professional and even personal time.
Despite it’s challenges, I am also extremely thankful for this time. I would be remiss to not mention how my faith has been challenged and in turn strengthened as I have learned to rely on the Lord for peace, understanding, patience, and grace during these trying times. I have spent quality (and even some not-so-quality) time with my family as we have been together 24-7! Blessings in disguise for sure!
Alright, now for what you’re actually here for! Chrome Music Lab is a fantastic resource for music exploration and composition. There are various activities for exploration in pitch, rhythm, patterns, acoustics and the science of sound, physics, and even math! Today I only delved into the very first element of the lab – Song Maker.
The video below is a quick tutorial aimed geared for elementary-aged students. This would be a great resource for a virtual music lesson. However, this could also be used to introduce a music composition project in the physical music classroom. I hope this can be useful for many music teachers out there as we navigate the most unusual times. Blessings to all of you – I pray that the Lord will reach you in a very real and personal way during this period of time. May He use it for His glory and to bring many souls to Him!