Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard F

4. EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Management and monitoring of time, relationships, students, and classrooms to enhance learning, including the ability to:

f.  Use a variety of teaching methodologies and techniques (e.g., lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, cooperative learning, small-group activities, and technology-enhanced lessons), and objectively assess the effectiveness of various instructional approaches and teacher actions for impact on student learning;

This standard addresses the teacher’s ability to organize and implement various methods of instructions to guide students through the learning process. While this can be difficult to do in the instrumental music classroom, it is not impossible. One simple way to vary instructional time is in the daily routine items, such as warm ups with scales and chorales. Challenge the students to really think by giving them a rhythm to play the scale pattern in or odd counts they have to articulate.

Another way is to break up the kinds of rehearsals you run on a daily basis. Spend some days breaking down individual sections and polishing specific spots in the music. Spend the next day putting the same section together with all the woodwinds. Spend another day putting that section together with the entire band. Breaking things down can be beneficial for not only the students but you as a director. Let them see that you’re focused on their musicianship and hold them to high standards in their playing.

Another way to vary instruction is to bring in guest conductors or master class teachers. One day with the same music but a different director can work wonders for your ensemble(s). Different directors hear different things and can give the band a different view on how to fix the problem. Spending a little money to bring in a different face can be very worth it in the long run.

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