Nov 22, 2019
MMED 725 Lights, Camera, Learning! Video Projects in Music Education
3 credits 42.0 hours
700 level graduate course
Lights, Camera, Learning! Video Projects in Music Education. Let’s face it: from YouTube to Netflix
to a host of other services, today’s learners are immersed in and respond to video! This timely
course for music educators of all levels/areas will be divided between two significant uses for
video in music education today: 1) Producing compelling videos for students such as video
lecturettes, tutorials, and performances, etc. Maybe you want to make clear for students the
motions to a classroom song, the choreography to a concert selection, or the recorder fingerings
used in class. Perhaps you want to explain how to assemble a clarinet mouthpiece, oil one’s trumpet
valves, or illustrate several key marching band fundamentals. Maybe you want to show students the
basic features of an app, how to build major and minor scales, or the steps for a class project.
All these and much more can be accomplished with today’s simple, intuitive video tools. 2) Using
engaging video scoring activities with students to teach many important musical concepts. The
lessons that can be conveyed through both simple and more sophisticated video scoring projects are
myriad. Students of all levels can explore musical creativity and the interaction of drama
and music/sound when they begin with a short video clip and add/edit either pre-recorded music
and sound effects, loop-based multi-track arrangements, or more traditional notation-based
underscoring. All of the above and much more can be accomplished with just a few accessible,
intuitive apps/websites and some fairly ubiquitous hardware (i.e. computer/laptop,
smartphone, iPad). The educational value of video projects in music education is so high and the
tools to do so have never been more within the reach of even a novice.
This course is not repeatable for credit.