Each week during C block, we will meet in small groups via hangouts so that I can have a chance to check in with you for ten or fifteen minutes with each small group. Meeting as a huge class and connecting on an individual level is impossible. During the time you aren’t briefly meeting with me, you’ll do two other things:
A) Here are the things I for sure want you to do during C block:
1) The music listening forum. Each week, on Thursday, a new song will be posted. Do these during C block. If you are new to the forum, read about why we do the forum and how it works on the forum page. You listen to a song and respond to it, easy!
B) The items on this list might change each week or carry different expectations, but for this week, I’d like for you to explore without much assistance from me at least one item or multiple items on this list. Some of them might require an instrument, others encourage you to do a group project and work with your friends, feel free to try any/all of them but at the very least do 1 today: 1) Explore Smart Music- eventually involves playing your instrument 2) Explore Sight Reading Factory- may or may not involve playing your instrument 3) Explore Garage Band or Audacity- may or may not involve playing your instrument 4) Explore the app Acapella (for iPhone only), a multi tracking video app (you can collaborate with friends) 5) Explore Soundtrap, collaborative music studio, think of it like a google doc form of a music studio- super sick (you can collaborate with friends) 5) Explore Teoria (music theory training) 6) Explore two of the better online jazz blogs for folks who are at any level of playing: Jazz Advice, Learn Jazz Standards.
Heading forward, I will be making tutorials about how to use all of this stuff. I’m hoping that each of you can find a way to maintain your playing through practicing a little bit 3-5 times a week and that you can learn to be more independent as musicians through projects, listening, studying and exploring on your own.
If you have any issues, my “office hours” are immediately after C block today from 1030-1130am and on Tuesday from 1030-1130am. The links to those open hangs are on the main page and in the calendar. I am always available by email and request for a google hang. If anyone wants a lesson or to talk or to work on anything, just email! So great to see you all today, Remy