Online Teaching Resources & Distance Learning Ideas

for Band Directors

Created and Curated by Bradley Mariska (Farmington HS, Farmington MN)
With crowdsourcing from MN Band Directors and the BDG

Easy Link for Sharing: https://tinyurl.com/BandELearning

In the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, many band directors and music educators are faced with the reality of long-term suspension of face-to-face classes, rehearsals, and lessons. To help both teachers and students continue progress on instrument technique, music theory, and other related music skills, I have developed a list of resources to help teachers learn about the wealth of online resources and distance learning projects that already exist to music educators worldwide! Please use (and share!) this document to help your colleagues and students to grow as musicians even though we cannot currently have face-to-face rehearsals.

I am very proud of the wealth of resources in this document, however, no single teacher should attempt to use all (or even most) of these resources. Keep things simple for you and your students, and do what works best for your program and your school. This is not a competition to see who can use the greatest number of resources, nor should you compare yourself to the ‘cool’ or innovative things you’re seeing online. Take a deep breath - and take a look at the last page of this document for further justification of what to do (and what NOT to do).

If you’d like to submit additional content or edits to this document, please email me at bmariska@farmington.k12.mn.us or add a comment. I would LOVE to feature additional resources and ideas crowdsourced by band directors from every corner of our nation - and the world!

Finally, it is my hope that this document will continue to be a useful and meaningful resource for educators well beyond the social distancing of the coronavirus pandemic. May we all grow as teachers and find new and novel ways of connecting with our students - and the world!  -Brad

COMMENTING IS ON! IF YOU’D LIKE TO ADD OR EDIT, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT!


GETTING STARTED

GETTING STARTED - APPROACH AND PHILOSOPHY

MY PLAN FOR DISTANCE BAND

BY CARL HOLMQUIST

ONLINE LESSON DELIVERY

BY BEN BUSSEY

 “ONLINE TEACHING FOR THE NON-ONLINE TEACHER

FREE WEBINAR FROM JAZZ EDUCATION NETWORK

Bridging the Gap: Teaching and Learning Music Online Free Webinar presented by NAMM Foundation and NAfME

Teaching Music in an Online World

WITH JOHN MLYNCZAK

A special message to students from Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

eLearning Thoughts for Band Directors
Scott Cambell and MN Band Directors

GETTING STARTED - LISTS OF RESOURCES

WMEA online resources

K-12 Resources for Music Educators

WMEA & WSMA DIGITAL LEARNING PLATFORM

Lesson planning template

MTNA online resources

Resources for Distance Fine Arts Education:

A Google Slideshow

RESOURCES FOR CHORAL DIRECTORS AND CHOIR 

Resources for Teaching Music and Audio Production Online

By Eric Honour, Jeff Kaiser, and Michael James Olson

Ultimate Free Music Tech Resources

eBook - free download

Resources for Remote Learning in Band
By Keith Ozsvath

 FACEBOOK GROUPS - NETWORKING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Music Educators Creating Online Learning

Beginning Band Engagement

Teaching during COVID-19

Band Directors” (aka “BDG”)

Google Classroom for Music Teachers

E-Learning in Music Education

Microsoft TEAMS for Music Educators

Higher Ed Music Lessons in the Time of COVID-19

 


RESOURCES FOR YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS

THEORY AND COMPOSITION RESOURCES

MUSICTHEORY.NET

Always free! Interactive!

TUTORIAL FOR CREATING/GRADING ASSIGNMENTS

MUSICTHEORYEXAMPLES.COM

Free!

MUSICTHEORYEXAMPLES
BYWOMEN.COM

Also free!

MUSICTECHTEACHER.COM

Music activities and games (requires flash)

CORRIDOR MUSIC THEORY

Flat.io

Google notation software

MUSESCORE.COM

Free music notation software

NOTEFLIGHT

music notation website

Noteflight Learn free to all schools until June 30

BLANK SHEET MUSIC

Staff paper for students!

8NOTES.COM

More music theory, in well-organized lessons

MOST POPULAR CURRICULUM/ASSESSMENT PLATFORMS

SMARTMUSIC

View their complete webinar 

Short Teacher Tutorial

Student Login Guide

SIGHT READING FACTORY 

How to use SRF
for Distance Learning

How to create an assignment

FLIPGRID

Video submission tool with great features!

Tutorial

VIDEO CHAT AND VIDEO CONFERENCING APPS

The Pros and Cons of the major players:
Zoom, Skype, Hangouts Meet, Facetime, WhereBy, Jitsi, etc.

Free, web-based screen Recorder

Free, web-based screen Recorder

Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication

AFFORDABLE SOFTWARE FOR PRODUCERS AND MUSICIANS

by Justin Leo Kennedy Gabe Spivey

BRASS RESOURCES

DAILY BRASS WARM-UP LIVESTREAM

Jupiter Artist Harry Watters hosts a daily warm-up focusing on the fundamentals for brass musicians of all levels. Lasts for about 20 minutes, will be archived on his YouTube Channel for viewing anytime!

TEACHING TROMBONE ONLINE 

BY RICHARD HUMAN / TROMBONE.ORG

STUDENTBRASS.COM

Warm-ups and practice pieces (including backing tracks) for beginners

PERCUSSION RESOURCES

DAILY PERCUSSION WARMUPS 

BY STEVEN GRAVES

PERCUSSION

HOME STUDY PACKET 

(COURTESY OF C. ALAN)

FREEDRUMLINEMUSIC.COM Warm-ups, grooves, and cadences

STICKSONSTICKS.COM - Resources, activities, and videos for BEGINNER percussionists

VIC FIRTH

Rudiment instructional videos, play-along tracks, and more

BUCKET DRUMMING

For both percussionists and non-percussionists (and a great option for students who don’t have access to their instrument)

Courtesy of David Birrow

JAZZ RESOURCES

JEFF ANTONIUK VIDEO TUTORIALS

Youtube channel that include pdf’s

over 100 lessons in improv

LEARN JAZZ STANDARDS

video series on YouTube 

Play-alongs, ear training, theory, and more!

JAZZ LIVE APP

(in your app store)

from Jazz at Lincoln Center

(Also check out their Jazz Academy)

Suggested Solos for Young Jazz Musicians to Transcribe

iRealPro app

The app that jazz teachers and pro musicians use. For serious students. ($13.99)

RECRUITING / INSTRUMENT SELECTION FOR BEGINNER BAND

Instrument Demo Video from the Army Field Band (outstanding but long)

“Be Part of the Band” Instrument Demo Video

“Be Part of the Band

 Main Video with Scott Lang

Beginner Band Rap!

A Practical Guide for Recruitment & Retention

(NAMM Foundation)

Fun With Recorder!

GENERAL RESOURCES

PRIVATE TEACHERS OFFERING ONLINE LESSONS - Teachers in Minnesota, but willing to teach online lessons regardless of location

CALENDLY.COM - Calendar/scheduling app. Fully integrates with Google Calendar and Zoom for easy, safe “check-ins”. Similar to SignUpGenius, but better!

MACPHAIL CENTER FOR MUSIC AND “MACPHAIL@HOME- Free online music instruction for K-12 students. Master classes, private lessons, and more.

COVID-19 MUSIC SCHEDULE (STUDENT CREATED!) (Alternate link for those without access)

ZOOM - free access! Video conferencing technology for teaching lessons & sectionals.  ( User guide )

A CAPELLA (“multi-track” video app, as made famous by a capella singers on YouTube)

PLAYPOSIT.COM - Great resource for distance learning - add questions/voice overlay to YouTube videos (use as assessments or just for fun - integrates with Google Classroom, Schoology, etc.)

SyncTube - Watch YouTube Videos together (“watch parties!”)

BAND DIRECTOR YOUTUBE PLAYLISTS (Courtesy of Nathan McAmis)

MULTI-TRACK EDITING 101

TODAY’S MUSIC LESSON” FROM CLASSICAL MPR

Create “Flipped Classroom” video lessons (Basic techniques and theory concepts: enharmonics, pentachords/scales/arpeggios, long tones, lip slurs, trills, etc.)

Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room - Ideas for Online Learning Blog

Excelcia Music Publishing is offering free, on-line “Meet the Composer” lessons 

  • Participating composers so far include Amy Riebs Mills, Brooke Pierson, Bruce Tippette, Carol Brittin Chambers, Ed Kiefer, Jason Nitsch, Jason Taurins, John Pasternak, Jon Bubbett, Larry Clark, Laura Estes, Matthew Putnam, Peter Sciaino, Steven Rosenhaus, Tyler Arcari & Valerie Laney-Rowe
  • Other composers have also offered this or other services (Jack Stamp, Randall Standridge, etc.)

FREE Online Composition websites:

  • It’s more games and activities than a traditional composition website

Dr. Beat Metronome - Available as a Google Chrome extension!!!

AUDITIONSOLOS.COM by Brad Edwards - Free etudes/audition solos of various difficulty levels for every woodwind and brass instrument. Include recordings of solo parts (for all) and piano accompaniment tracks (for most) available for purchase.

FREE MUSIC FROM JDW SHEET MUSIC - Warm-up exercises and duets for woodwind and brass instruments

CURRICULUM for Sound Production class (courtesy of Sarah Minette)

EXEMPLARY MUSIC/VIDEO LIBRARIES

Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall

Currently free to everyone!

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

US ARMY FIELD BAND VIDEO LIBRARY

Including a series of upcoming virtual concerts

THE MARINE BAND

HAS TONS OF VIDEOS

MUSIC MUSEUMS

LIST OF MUSIC MUSEUMS

Free Virtual Tours

Musical Instrument Museum

Virtual Tour

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SAMPLE PROJECTS/ASSIGNMENTS

NEARLY 100 DISTANCE LEARNING MUSIC ACTIVITIES/ASSIGNMENTS - Courtesy of Hampton (VA) City Schools

PERSONAL PERFORMANCE PROJECTS - Students play their instrument to make the world a better place

“LET’S GET CREATIVE” ASSIGNMENT - create art, music, dance, etc. based on a band piece 

“MUSIC IN OUR LIVES” - Phone or video interview a grandparent (or any adult over 60) about music & its role in their life

WRITING PROGRAM NOTES - sample assignment

MUSIC YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT (MASTERWORKS FLOW CHART)

READING RHYTHMS - SAMPLE ASSIGNMENTS

ENCOURAGING HOME PRACTICE: PRACTICE TIPS HERE

Virtual Choir (for band?) and Editing advice by Christopher Bill’s Multitrack Editing

MUSIC SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING BOARD/CHART

HS BAND VIRTUAL LEARNING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

FREE GARAGEBAND ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECT IDEAS

  • Also check out sites like BandLab , which is web-based and not Apple-exclusive (Webinar)

BANDO!

INSTRUMENT CLEANING/CARE:

SAMPLE JAZZ BAND LESSON IDEA (Courtesy of Kirk Hickman)

JAZZ LISTENING GUIDE

DESIGN YOUR OWN BAND CONCERT” LESSON

FUN/CREATIVE IDEAS

  • the video ‘lag’ problem prevents us from having large sectionals or rehearsals, but you could teach conducting styles and patterns. Kids love this and it will make them watch you better when we do go back to school
  • March Music Madness’ listening activity! Have kids listen to some great band literature by selecting a handful of pieces they might not have heard and putting them in a bracket. Have students listen to two per day and vote on which they like better, and see what piece ends up winning in the end!

WATCH/EVALUATE TED TALKS RELATED TO MUSIC EDUCATION

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As we move into uncharted territory, I am writing myself some reminders that I know I'll need in the weeks ahead.

My students didn't sign up for a semester of online learning. I need to be patient and extend moments of grace throughout this experience.

Likewise, I didn't sign up for a semester of online teaching. I need to be equally patient with myself in this journey.

Developing online classes normally takes months(+) of thought and preparation. Given the short preparation window, I need to remember that perfection is not a reasonable expectation.

I must accept that the classes I teach will not (cannot) be the same. I need to rethink WHAT and HOW and WHEN, recognizing that the rules have changed from when my learning outcomes (WHY) were originally developed.

I need to remember that teaching and learning should be fun and engaging. I cannot allow online experiences to be reduced to meaningless busywork.

This experience will be time-intensive - both in terms of planning and implementing. I need to be respectful of the extra time that students will need to be successful during this time of transition into an online learning environment, and I need to take time for myself throughout the journey.

I need to be mindful of how quickly email inboxes can be filled under normal circumstances. Now, more than ever, I will need to be judicious and concise - for the sake of all (students, faculty, staff - and myself).

I need to remember that human connections are critical. I need to find opportunities to connect with students and colleagues in authentic and meaningful ways.

I need to recognize that I am not on this journey alone. There are people and resources out there - we can make our jobs easier by sharing and supporting one another.

 -Paul Budde, Director of Music Education, University of Wisconsin River Falls (WMEA President-Elect)