New Online Teaching Materials

Music teachers and students are just like everyone else during this chaotic time… We’re all trying to keep each other safe while moving lessons and classes online. I’ve been teaching online for over three years and love it – I’ve come to learn that it has several advantages over in-person lessons. But students and teachers making this switch with no warning or planning is not the ideal way to venture into the world of online teaching.

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After countless conversations, brainstorming sessions and experimenting; we’ve built an online suite of support materials for students, families and teachers that I thought I would share with you. I’m not exactly sure how it will all be distributed. But if you are interested in discussing that aspect, send me an email.

Much of this has been tested out for a few weeks at Creative Music Adventures in Seattle along with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. I want to give a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to Michael Patrick and Adri Tran-Pearson. They are the admins at Creative Music Adventures and have helped prepare some of the graphics and materials over the past few weeks – and we’re still working on more. Also, a big thanks to Brian Drye of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Anna Freedman for giving me constant feedback as they tested out some of the early ideas.

This Google Slides presentation walks you through all of the support materials that we have created for the first two books of my method. There are lesson videos, performance videos (solo and ensemble), digital flash cards, ear training games, digitized sheet music with embedded practice tracks, instructions on how to integrate student videos and private-lesson videos into lesson curriculum. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions on any of it…

Lesson videos for the first two books of the method have been completed. I hope to get faster but learning to do animation has taken me a while to get the hang of… You can probably notice that there is a big jump in the presentation of the last couple of videos compared to the first ones… Hopefully I’ll keep getting better!

Here is a playlist with the first 20 video lessons of the method if you want to check them out. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

I hope you enjoy it. If you’re a teacher or beginning-level student and you have questions about any of the material, let me know. We’re working on finishing books 3 through 5 and will try to listen and include as many suggestions as possible.

A very special thank you to Rebecca West who did all the illustrations for the books and the digital support material.

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