Teaching Multiple Instruments in One Classroom

Teaching Multiple Instruments in One Classroom

Many band programs that use MusicProfessor do so in a classroom that is filled with students learning different instruments. For example, some band directors might have to teach a beginner class with both flutes and oboes. These two instruments require different embouchures and fingerings, but luckily MusicProfessor can be easily implemented in a class that is structured to teach multiple instruments to beginning band students at one time.

One of our MP band directors, Mary Gold, shared this tip with us and described how she brings her beginning band kids to the computer lab once a week to watch MusicProfessor lessons. Not only will this help your students learn the techniques relevant to their individual instrument, you can also monitor their progress and allow the videos to answer a majority of the instrument-specific questions. You can make time at the end of class to have a short practice session or demonstration session, or be sure to continue the playing portion of the lesson during the next class.

If you can’t get the time slot you need for the computer lab, don’t fret. Assign the videos as homework for the students to watch. Most of the videos are less than 10 minutes long, so you can send your students home to watch a professor teach the fingerings of a scale, and they will be able to listen to what the scale will sound like on their instrument. We’ve also got handy-dandy metrics which can be used to track which videos your students have watched and how long they’ve spent watching the lessons.