There was a time when education was only accessible through traditional classrooms. Students had to rely on weekly lessons to meet with their teachers face-to-face and work on learning new subjects one at a time. These days are coming to a close; According to a 2015 BSRG study, there are more than 7 million students taking at least one digital course online.
Music education is no different than any other subject. For a long time, music students had to rely on paper-based method books and repertoire to learn and practice their instruments. With a clear demand for digital learning solutions, this is a perfect time to rethink this model and address the existing demand on the student side. The tendency to use interactive digital offerings presents new opportunities for educators to structure an online learning environment in a way that increases student engagement and reduces distraction. Here are few tips that music educators can use to keep students engaged.
Assessment Via Key Performance Indicators
Key Performance Indicators tell us whether an approach is succeeding in its purpose. For example, if we want our students to get better at syncopated rhythm, we might assign them a syncopation exercise to practice. One Key Performance Indicator for that exercise might be how accurately the student plays the rhythm after one week.
Understanding where a student is succeeding and failing is a vital component of online learning. Performance indicator metrics help music educators develop customized lessons plans for individual students and establish goals that closely align with each individual student’s capability, need and learning pace.
Singspiel offers music educators a unique opportunity to understand which learning activities their students find engaging. Singspiel’s analytical dashboard presents this information in an intuitive way so that teachers can monitor students’ involvement and in-app behaviour during practice sessions at home. For example, how frequently do they practice their musical instruments? What parts of the app do they spend the most time with? How fast are they mastering new concepts?
Personalize The Learning Path With Engaging Tools
As educators gain a better understanding of their students’ learning habits, they can use these insights to create new learning materials that are better at engaging students, and lead to more effective practicing. This ensures a personalized learning experience for individual students throughout their musical journey.
The music curriculum in Singspiel has been designed to keep students motivated during practice sessions. The interactivity allows students to stay engaged, beyond just playing their instruments over and over.
Go Mobile And Keep Students Engaged
As a modern music educator, it’s important to tap into students’ natural communication preferences. Considering that today’s teen spends nearly 71/2 hours a day consuming media – watching TV, surfing the web, social networking and playing video games and the fact that more than three-quarters of all teens own smartphones, encouraging the use of mobile devices allows them to focus on learning in a way that’s most native to their personal socialization habits.
The majority of the exercises and games in Singspiel are designed by digitizing the lesson materials – music scores, ear-training, sight-reading, theory exercises, and making them available through an interactive screen in the tablet environment. This is a fantastic way to allow students to make personal choices along their own learning path.. The platform itself motivates students to take charge of their success early on and promotes self-directed learning.
Make It About The Student
Personalizing your students’ music learning path via metric tracking is just one aspect of boosting students’ engagement during practice sessions. It is equally important to make sure students are practicing what they’ve learned in a way that best suits their needs.
A learning experience that’s interactive and built around a learning journey, allows students to experiment with different concepts and gives students the freedom to explore and draw their own conclusions about what they’re learning. This helps students to make personal education choices through a variety of learning options. By encouraging students to engage with game-based learning content through these digital interactive devices, music teachers can ensure more active participation and quicker mastery of concepts among their students.
The way in which students consume educational material is changing as we speak. Music is not exempt from this reality, so it is our responsibility as educators to take pro-active advantage of new and exciting tools to better the learning experience for everyone involved.