Conventional classrooms have gone through a major change with the inclusion of digital tools. Almost all the ordinary classes became smart classrooms, but music rooms in a number of schools remain the same. However, digital tools not just make only academic subjects easier, but non-academic subjects like music, paintings, and much more are also under the benefits of digital tools.
Music teachers, as well as music learners, need to mix the conventional methods of music learning with modern tools and technologies. Here is how they can do this.
Plug-in SoundCloud Account
A SoundCloud account is one of the easiest and most accessible methods to upload and provide lessons to learners. This is a free tool and it can make the music classroom advanced and impressive. This Cloud can be used to back up singing and instrument exercises.
Learners as well as the teachers are free to upload their recordings here and store it as long as they want. Another perk of using SoundCloud is these can be accessed from any place. It means that the students can attend the music class even though they are absent on that day.
This cloud is very helpful for the students who want to upload their musical works (performances, compositions, and exercises), but not comfortable to make videos. It is allowed to upload the audios in SoundCloud. These uploads can be kept public or private. Public uploads can be listened to and liked by others. These users can also commend in a work as well. Gradually they will become confident and make videos to upload by creating a YouTube channel. People can like it too. SoundCloud allows the users to upload the audio and most importantly, this is free for all.
Use Interactive Whiteboards
The first modification in the music classroom has to be the interactive whiteboards by altering the traditional ones. These whiteboards are linked with the computer and using pens, music teachers can write on the board.
Yes, the music teacher first has to learn how to use this interactive whiteboard. For this, the school has to allow him/her some time.
Tune with Technology
Tuning the instruments is an essential part as it is related to flawless performance and practice. A de-tuned instrument plays the correct notes in an incorrect way. So, musical instruments are preferred to be tuned almost every day. In traditional music classrooms, teachers used conventional tuners. Currently, a number of tuner apps are available to tune a number of string instruments like guitar, ukulele, and much more.
Tuning the instruments with these apps are not just easy, this is accurate and very fast. The learners will enjoy this technology a lot because they can use these apps in their homes too.
These apps are available for free in Google PlayStore and AppStore. These tuner apps will help the learners to tune their instruments solely by themselves without the guidance of their teachers or tutors. It trains the ears and brains of the students and so, students learn to tune their instrument perfectly without any tuner.
Train Ears with Advanced Tools
Traditional music teachers consider ear training as an important part of teaching the students. This is an exercise where learners try to identify the scale, notes, chords, pitch, and other essential musical elements only by hearing the tune. Train ear exercise is related to the development of the aural skills of the students. There was a time when teachers play a tune and learners hear it for this exercise. Then, came recording - now, it is all digital.
There are apps (like Perfect Ear) and websites (like Tone Savvy) for doing this - but this is mainly for the teachers and composers. After a free trial of 30 days, these services will ask for a subscription. With this, teachers can set complete assignments and lesson plans on several topics like notes, chords, scales, intervals, rhythms, and many others for their students.
Use Technology to Teach Compositions
At present, there are technologies to convert handwritten notations into digital, and teachers can edit and share these digital notes. If staff paper notes bore your students, use these to teach them composition. With NotateMe, GarageBand, Soundation, and many others, students can compose music. Many virtual instruments are available here, but students can use their real instruments as well.
To conclude, technical advancement definitely helps to transform the traditional music classroom into a digital and smart one. The tools and technologies mentioned above are equally useful for the virtual learning of music. But, we don’t believe in the replacement of the traditional methods and tools - from the very beginning, we mentioned that a balanced mixture of old practices and new technologies is what the music classes need. The cutting-edge tools will no doubt make the music classes more impressive, it will take time to learn the navigation. So, a combination of the old methods with modern tools will be the most fitting method for music classrooms.