Wondering how to teach melody when not in the same room as your students? In this blog post, I’m exploring how to practice melody with students while teaching online.
Melodic Reading Videos
Here’s another melodic video from another channel, practicing all of the notes in the major scale, intervals, and more:
Students can be assigned a link, so they can click the link and play, or they can get a username and password, and you can track data. When students choose an answer, the game immediately tells them whether they are correct or not, which is great for immediate feedback!
Having a way of students writing on the staff is important, so sending home a packet of worksheets could be helpful. Here are some free worksheet sets for melody:
- Low sol worksheets by Lindsay Jervis
- Summer free sample worksheets by Jamie Parker (could be used close to summer, or in spring)
And here are a few others that aren’t free:
If you’d like to make your own melodic videos, it’s not too hard to do. Let’s say you want to make a video so students can read melodic patterns. You could use these tools:
- Powerpoint or Keynote
I’m also planning on making videos of me teaching melodic concepts, with my face to the camera. For this, I’ll need:
- A dry erase board
- Microphone (completely optional, but can make sound better. If you don’t have one, you can just use the microphone already in your computer.)
To make a melodic reading video:
- Insert lines into PowerPoint or Keynote to make a staff
- Insert circles and place them in the appropriate places on the staff
- After making several patterns, go back to the first page, open up Screencastify, and hit record
- Give a singing prep and sing the pattern on the screen, then leave time for students to echo you
- Upload the video to Google Drive, or to YouTube as an unlisted video, then share that link with your students. You could also upload to a website, such as one you make with Google Sites.
I hope this has been helpful to you, as you try to figure out how to continue your “typical” lessons with your students. In tomorrow's blog post, I'll write about how to take all of this information and put it all together, for engaging digital lessons with your students! Happy (online) teaching!