In this episode of the weekly spark for Music Teachers, Janice Tuck addresses the issue of what music teachers can do in lessons when they’re told that they can’t sing or play any instruments due to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive effect on all teachers, but particularly music teachers, as we’re being asked to change everything we do, and teach without using some of the most important things we do: singing and playing.
Here are some resources that are mentioned during the podcast:
1. Music Theory
At the Fun Music Company we have a complete music theory course, plus lots of innovative worksheets in our Music Theory Fun Sheet series, plus some Printable Music Games.
2. CONNECT Lessons
The Fun Music Company Curriculum program for grades K-6 contains a complete listening program called CONNECT where students watch a short video and complete a worksheet given.
current curriculum members have access to 70+ of these lessons, and here are a couple of sample ones for non-members:
For Grade 5: Theme from Star Wars
For Grade 6: Ride of the Valkyries
Composing is one of the greatest opportunities that this pandemic brings us – and you can use lessons like in our Composition with GarageBand progam.
You can get 60+ prepared lessons with tutorial videos and worksheets with this training program.
Thanks for the great suggestions 😀
You’re very welcome Michelle – I hope it can help. Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment on this latest podcast – you opinion and feedback from such a valued member such as yourself is always much appreciated. Take care and Best wishes, Janice :-)
Thankyou, Jan for this podcast, Ive been a supporter of yours for a few years now, (helped me immensely) You are inspiring which is exactly what we need at this depressing time.
Thank you so much for your kind comments Lisette and for your support over so many years – I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many like- minded people people such as yourself and I hope the resources have been helpful to you in your teaching over so many years. Wishing you all the very best and thanks for taking the time to reach out and post a comment at such an uncertian time. Keep well and safe. Kind Regards, Janice
Thankyou for all your support for us music teachers at this really difficult time
Yes I’ve been told no singing no instruments no recorders no flutes no clarinets … no actions other than hands! Your resources are so inspirational and usable they’re fab! Cheering you on!!!
Thank you so much Jayne- I’m so glad this is helpful to you during this difficult teaching time for you with no instruments, no singing and no actions. I’m so pleased to hear that even under those circumstances, these tips can be helpful and I’m glad the resources are getting you through this difficult time. Thanks so much for your feedback and keep rocking like you are! Kind regards, Janice :-)
Thank you so much Jayne :-) Cheering you on too- crazy and difficult teaching situations for all to work with in 2020.
Thanks, Janice you have just opened up my door out of this darkest period of our time, I was wondering what to do school resumes. Victor
You’re welcome Victor, I’m so glad this has opened some doors for you and I wish you lots of success for when school resumes again. Thanks for reaching out and I’m so glad I can pass on what I had to learn (the hard way!) over many years and condense into a few minutes, Kind regards, Janice :-)
Thank you for all your great ideas Janice – much appreciated! :)
You’re very welcome Anita- Wishing you all the best in your teaching for the rest of 2020. Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback on this. Kind regards and stay safe and well, Janice :-)
You are very welcome Anita :-)
I enjoy your help and materials. The music genre fact and fun work sheets were live savers and muchbenjpyed by the junior high kids during the 3+ months of shelter in place assistance learning here last school term.
I spent hours researching YouTube videos for those classes and same for my K-5th grades tho we pursued distance recorder, theory, rhythmgames and reading, instrument families, the symphony orchestra, marching and concert bands and age appropriate genres.
Sadly my school has removed music from the curriculum for this year. Another Covid casualty. I am supposed to teach another subject and was looking forward to the challenge and teaching this subject. I have been told won’t be teaching at all during distance learning and no one knows how long that modality will be made to last. It grieves my heart to be unable to teach music.
I don’t know if or when will be able to teach the other subject.
Even so I will continue to look forward to and enjoy your emails Janice.
God bless you and the work you are doing and the support you bring!💖
Thank you so much for your kind words Vickie. I’m so glad we’ve been able to hep you with music resources when you needed them and I’m very saddened to hear that music has been removed from your school this year.