Assignment 2: Considering Future Students

I watched Digital Youth Portrait: Sam. It’s important to consider your students’ interests when deciding what and how to teach. If you as a teacher are aware of a student’s interests or forte, then you can better help cater to their learning style to incorporate likenesses of their interests into the class. For example, for a long-term class project that requires a daily log, maybe let a creative student who is really into social media and the Internet to alternatively do a daily blog or even a daily vlog regarding the project. In doing so, you are creating better circumstances under which the student can learn, as you are allowing them to relate the content to their interests and apply them. You must also consider the free time students have. Some students get so involved in multiple clubs, activities, and such, and then adding lengthier work onto all of that can cause stress, especially if it’s not aligned with their interests.

For teaching secondary contemporary musicians, it’s important to note their own musical interests! Finding out what the students enjoy listening to can help mold a platform with which you can design instruction around. If students are really into punk music, doing a unit on punk history, listening, style, performance, and then having students discuss, inquire, and create based on punk would really engage their interests and keep them motivated to learn and retain. You could also slip in other concepts that you might want to cover and make it relevant to the topic of interest.

After going to my internship for one day, I want to see what genres the students are into. Each group, formed by genre, in one of the hours has the goal of making up and original song based on their genre. Finding out the artists they enjoy listening to will help me learn about their tastes, the way they think, how they like to express themselves, and will provide me with more insight on how I can give them suggestions, feedback, and the likes.


Mini Inquiry Part 1

Our group, Chris, Breland, and me, all worked together to analyze the app My Note Games. This app is a game that can help younger musicians get used to reading and playing notes on their instrument in a fun, goal-based way.


We explored a lot of the app, played a few levels, tried the different modes out, and other aspects of the app. We played the note recognition mode, we played the play-along mode, and a few others. We tried a few different instrument options such as voice and piano, to see how the audio pick-up worked (well!). Most of what we did was just basic exploration though.  We can see how it would be fun for younger musicians to learn more about notes in a way where they must beat levels to reach goals.


While we do feel comfortable with the app, we still have a few things that we would like to explore. Even though we know the app can go up to around the middle school musician level, we want to see just exactly how far the difficulty goes. We would also like to find out how certain parts of the app can be incorporated in a classroom setting (if at all). We want to explore if there’s any level of tailoring and customization involved with the exercises and levels that you play.