Music technology has become an integral and practical part of teaching the music syllabus and is also a truly engaging experience for learners in all key stages. A lot of the schools that I have visited over the past 2 years, whilst researching better implementation of music technology, has shown that a big investment has been made to purchase the relevant equipment and resources but the teaching strategies employed are still in there early stages of development (The Trial and Error Process).

 

I ¬†have been teaching music tech for the past 10 years and along the way I have had my fair share of successes and failures. This article is aimed at sharing some of the more successful stories and in particular introduce you and your students to the ‘Flipped Learning’ Environment. This particular teaching strategy places the learning in the learners hands and makes the teacher a supportive figure in the process.

 

In the early stages of delivering a flipped learning experience you must let the student know that it is up to them how fast they wish to progress on the course and by view the resources outside of the class time they will get more practical time during the lessons..

 

Each of the resources shared in this article assume a minimum amount of music tech knowledge, but you will need the ability to solve problems on your own systems and be using suitable software / hardware (e.g. Logic Pro, Cubase etc…)

 

Teaching Music Technology at Key Stage 3

This year I have been teaching my year 8 students how to create music and sound for film, this project lasts for one term (7 lessons, 50 minutes each lesson). In the past I have really struggled introducing technology in this short period of time so have always opted for a live performance. This year was different because I found out about ‘Flipped Learning’ and how my time and energy could be transformed from an up hill teaching nightmare to a back seat supportive role.

 

My Aim was to do 0% of the teaching

 

My idea was that I would create eight video lessons that would guide my students step by step through the process of creating music and sound for film. Each lesson would have a detailed description and guidance for completing the task and an activity list to complete before moving onto the next lesson. Each lesson would also need the relevant files and resources so that the students can follow along.

Now the course is set up my job as the teacher is made a lot simpler:

  • introduce the course and expectation
  • show the students where the resources are kept
  • Keep them on track
  • help with problem solving
  • Collect in the work at the end of the course and class assess all of the pieces (On the big screen with popcorn)

The ‘Creating Music for Film’ Flipped learning course

Currently in its third revision and has proven to be so successful that I have used it with all 180 year 8 student in my school this year. click the picture link below for the full course and resources:

Creating music for film

 

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