One of the most powerful teaching tools is sharing student work during class time for discussion and analysis. Kids are always excited to hear each others pieces and are more than willing to share their opinion and thoughts.
First, select some pieces to share that illustrate certain techniques you’d like to highlight. For example, if a student has done a great job using repetition play that example and ask a question like, “What is the composer doing in this section?” This technique could be used for highlighting nearly anything. If a student has done a great job of resolving a dissonance play that example and ask an open-ended question like, “How has this student gone from a clash to a note that sounds good. Likewise, don’t be afraid to show examples that have problems. This can often be done to help students work on consonance and dissonance. Play an example of a student’s piece that has two or more instruments with many unresolved or unprepared dissonance. You might ask a question like, “What is it about this section that makes it hard for us to hear this student’s main melody?” I often frame the importance of controlling dissonances as a way to ensure that we can hear the main melodies. Whenever a student says, “But I like these clashes…” I almost always point out that the clashes prevent us from hearing his great melody.
Open Ended Questions
Sometimes the most important questions come up when simply playing a student’s piece and asking, “What is working really well in this piece?” Or, “What is problematic with this piece (or section)?”
How to Quickly Find Student Scores
You can always navigate to your student’s scores by going to the Lesson and then clicking “View Template Copis” in the Notelflight comments section. However, sometimes you may want to quickly navigate to all of the template scores. You can find these in one convenient locations.
1. Go to your Home page.
2. Click “Assignment Score Links”
3. Choose the Noteflight score you’d like to view.
4. Click “View Template Copies” in the comment section of Noteflight.
5. You can now scroll to find your students score.