I attended a conference session at eLearning DevCon 2009 by Thor Anderson of UVU where he talked about the importance of giving feedback to students in real time and that they crave this feedback to make sure they learning correctly. He has an excellent example teaching HTML using learning components that he built in Adobe Flex. Check out his great work at https://www.learningcomponents.com
Anyways, this concept of feedback got me thinking about how I can use technology to help my cello students to learn better. Especially to have good intonation.
Here is the idea that came to me while I was teaching a lesson.
- Have the student use an iPod while they are practicing to listen what the song should sound like.
- Record a slow, medium and fast version of the solo line of each song.
- Record a slow, medium and fast version of the cello accompaniment for each song
- Record a slow, medium and fast version of the piano accompaniment for each song.
What do you think? What ways do you use technology in your music teaching?