Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard G

1. SUBJECT MATTER KNOWLEDGE-BASE IN GENERAL AND LIBERAL EDUCATION

An understanding and appreciation of general and liberal arts including English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts, and the ability to:

g. Understand technology and its use for gathering, processing, evaluating, analyzing, and communicating ideas and information;

This substandard addresses the teacher’s ability to regularly use technology to gather, process, analyze, and communicate ideas and information in their classroom. As band directors, we do this on a fairly regular basis, even if we don’t realize it.

In rehearsals, I’ve used video cameras to record and document my lessons at regular intervals. I then watch and analyze those videos later, making a list of items I enjoyed from the lesson and items I could improve upon for the next lesson.

When the band is learning a new selection, it can be helpful to play for your students a high-quality recording of the selection. This can be done before, during, or after the rehearsal of a piece. It is important to let the students create their own interpretations in their parts, but giving an example can be equally beneficial.

Recording the band’s performances can also a wonderful opportunity to analyze and reflect as an ensemble. Most bands spend the day after the concert “take a break” from playing their instruments as part of a reward for a good concert. I use this time to have the students listen to their performances and talk as a group about what they liked and what they think could go better next time around.

Below is a recording of the selection Portsmouth Overture (composed by Robert Smith) performed by the Pennfield Middle School Band. It was recorded during their concer on October 28th, 2010 and they listened to it in class on Friday, October 29th.

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