Yesterday we started an assessment bunch in choir class. This will continue tomorrow. This is a class of mostly freshman. This is a challenging group of social drama. Days like this when a million things are going on can be crazy. It worked OK yesterday.
Sample Student Work
1. Each student gets 15 minutes to record themselves singing one of our five solo songs we are studying (On My Own, Its a Grand Night, etc...). Two iPads are in the room. One on a Griffin stand facing them (recorder) and another one with iTunes set up with the accompaniment (player). I hope to sit with each student to analyze their performance. The video does not lie...
2. The second group used garageband to record "I'm Yours". Earlier we had taken a class where students had used the Six Strings app to accompany themselves while they sing. This is not a skill normally done in choir. Today I demonstrated for ten minutes how to lay down a bass, guitar, drum, and vocal track. Some of the student work was amazing and sounds like a professional recording. However, most students DID NOT keep time with the accompaniment and got ahead. We will re-do. This assignment works really, really well for teaching theory.
3. The third group worked in groups of five at a table to learn a "Girls Garden" which is one of our songs for the Spring. I am trying to "teach" practicing. They sang along with the youTube tapes. The groups worked well together and "knew" the song by the end of the period.