Good afternoon all
Hi, everyone!!! :D
It's the Birthday Boy! Happy Birthday Phil Clements! :)
Thanks - thought I would come celebrate with all of you!
is there a way to view the video from the last meeting?
how do we receive the CPE credit documentation?
Can you upload any handouts in the chatroom?
We have not finished the CPE system. We will be sending forms soon. If you registered and are in the meeting, you will automatically receive the CPE credit.
We will add handouts to the TMEA COVID page.
Missy, are these spreadsheets on your school website?
Missy, will you be able to hold sectionals outside school hours?
With schoology, do the students have to have an account or are they able to access the videos through a link?
YouTube is a great source for finding videos of basic instrument assembly, embouchure, hand position, etc.
We would love to hear a little more about TMEA’s announcement about Region events, if at all possible. :) Sorry to be that person!
I'm thinking to move region band to early Spring. I'd rather focus on the kids getting their fundamentals back in shape.
Schoology is district driven.
For the “Severe” is this based on if you have been able to get all of your beginners placed on instruments? What would be some good ideas if there have been kids you weren’t able to fit?
We will be using Canvas this year. Is Schoology an LMS like Canvas?
I'll post Missy's "handout" as soon as she sends it to me.
My district uses Google Classroom. Screencastify is an extension, it allows teachersto record videos up to 5 minutes and submit it on Google Classroom. Flip Grid is also a extension that allows the kids to record for 3 minutes to submit assignments.
I also would like to know ideas for the beginners if they haven't been put on an instrument.
How did you hear them play online? Was it one at a time?
I would like to know alternatives to where students or the teachers' internet has problems, and then you hear lag. Recordings sound more optimal, and then discussion afterwards with some playing.
How do you deal with students that share instruments?
I, too, have students with varying internet speeds and different data limitations. Are there alternatives to streaming that would still allow virtual interaction? That was a weak point form me.
Natalie, Conn selmer has a grant program running where they will contribute funds if you can purchase some instruments. the amount varies but contact them for more info.
On the subject of scales, anyone who is very unsure their students will be able to take on scales, please look into tetrachords. It's basically "chunking" scales into two 4-note segments.
Do you keep your kids muted as they count together because of latency or have them unmuted? How do you deal with latency issues?
I've created a scale study page for all instruments that does this, as well as breaking down the octaves in the same way and includes quarter note clark studies and thirds exercises if anyone is interested
YES!!! Would love that Elizabeth!
I'm interested Elizabeth!
Keep them muted. Go over counting multiple times to allow kids to self-correct. Sometimes, have kids demonstrate counting individually.
same here, Elizabeth!
email me: email@example.com :)
my internet connection kicked me out and I do not have access to the chats from earlier...please re-chat your questions if you have any for me...
And now your email account is getting crushed.
LOL, I'm ok with it. I want to help anyway I can
@Missy Allen, are you going to share your info that you showed on your spreadsheet that you shared with us today?
For email, set up rules. It'll take time, but you can have your kids' emails all go to separate folders, then you admin into another inbox folder, and anything else you want in other folders. It's helpful, but just has some setup time.
also feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
yes, I sent Frank the spreadsheet, he will post!
ALSO...please address how to minimize data usage. My students have data restrictions.
Missy's handout has been posted!
Making sure you offer a variety of options for assignment submissions is important so that students in different technology situations can still have a chance to complete the assignment and participate.
Thank you, Amy. I will look into it.
Michael, what al are you putting in your virtual binder? How much of it is self-created, and how do you deal with copyright?
If you can screen share Smartmusic the line you are using, share your computer sound, then have kids finger along, practice, while you hear folks play individually. You can monitor that the rest are still working, and you'll cold call them. Using the SmartMusic Loop would be great for that.
I have the Alfred duet books at my house, they are my own books. Is it ok with copyright for me to scan my books and share those copies with my students?
What do you do with students that have no access?
How do you make sure big instruments go home?
Great points, Michael!
If we end being fully virtual, I’m going to ask my admin if we can do a “packet pick up day” so that kids who don’t have multiple devices can make it happen.
To Liz Love, my district did that and coordinated it with lunch pickup and it seemed to be helpful.
Loop function smartmusic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgNEIdV6dCc
This may have been answered in a previous meeting, but what are some suggestions for students who may not be able to play their instrument at home, due to apartment living or other restrictions at home?
SmartMusic is on the state adopted text list so you can get it without using your band budget
Has Smartmusic gotten better? My experience with the web version was less than satisfactory.
Smartmusic is our adopted textbook for Spring Branch ISD. Great resource.
MuseScore is also a new platform for assessment like Smartmusic but it has a video capablitity
I would say smartmusic is ok for 7th/8th but might be overwhelming for beginners, at least at first.
Non-core subjects were limited to one assignment a week.
yes we were optional engagement for students and limited to one 30 minute lesson per week
I used Smartmusic as whole class FREESTYLE FRIDAY for beginners — work on pieces during the week and then kids picked what they wanted to play and perform for class.
Our district did not allow Zoom, so we could only use Google Meets
We provide all of the instruments. Unfortunately, there are some students that we cannot allow to take their instruments home because we would never see them again. Am I the only one in this boat?
Did you use the device mic or did they use an external microphone for SmartMusic?
I like that!
@Jack…internal microphone for Smartmusic only. Also, there’s no smartmusic “APP”, you have to use google chrome browser, the headphones must be wired, if it’s an Apple product they may need a “dongle” adapter
Would you explain the Lovejoy Student of the Week idea you do? I'm interested!
There is a SmartMusic App for tablets
AMEN! Thanks Marty!
It is called the “New SmartMusic” app but it is only available on tablets due to resolution issues.
Student of the week--here's what we are planning to do: We are thinking It will be director selected--based on zoom attendance and if they did a really great job on their homework that week. Make little gift bags of music pencils, etc, candy, kazoos (lol) and deliver it to their house. We will bring our instruments and play the fight song for them and surprise them. (Set up with their parents before hand).
I ran into issues with kids having meetings for other classes at the same time. How do you coordinate that?
Danette, our school had a schedule...academics were scheduled at certain times and then electives had a block. I volunteered to make a schedule for all of the electives...it took a while but it made life easy for us.
Major question...if we are 100% online, should we, and how do we check practice records?
Can you allow students to comment without giving them the ability to alter the check marks?
Susan Meyer Patterson
Mary Santarelli knows how to do practice reports online!
Yes! it is view only for the students
Tonia, we had the kids turn in their practice records on schoology. They took a pic of their PR and uploaded it to the assignment in schoology.
A click sheet would be awesome for the pass off page
Love the pass-off Google sheet with comments!
set up steps...lol
Thank you Lauren! Uploading recordings through a google form is AWESOME! I did not know that was an option!
TBH, I don't do practice records anymore. I have weekly benchmarks for each student and always have a re-test option up until the end of the six weeks.
Anyone wants more info/handout: email@example.com
Lauren, send it to me and I will put it on the TMEA Connections page for everyone.
Oh my gosh! I’m totally going to contact my former middle school students and get them involved. I have a ton who would be so great!
Yes, I love the idea of the high school mentors. Amazing!
LOVE DECIDE NOW!
What is the name of the app?
Very cool looking app! Google Classroom has a student name randomizer built in as well!
we call it wheel of doom
Steven where in google classroom is the name randomizer?
I'm so glad to know that we're not the only ones with no information about the fall.
Here is the link to the google classroom name randomizer. I think it is only on the app though: https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/9123699?hl=en
Thank you so much for your time today!
https://www.tmea.org/resources/town-hall-archiveLink to Connections page.
This was fantastic. Thank you
Thank you so much for doing this!! And thank you to all the presenters!
Thanks for sharing!!!
Thank you Dana and the TMEA staff for putting on these meetings. We appreciate you all.
Susan Meyer Patterson
Thank you for these meetings! Looking forward to TBA!
Susan Meyer Patterson
Wheel of names also does name randomizer.
Thank you everyone! Best to everyone!
Thank you Dana for setting this up, and thank you Missy, Michael, Marty and Lauren for sharing!
Thank you all!
Susan Meyer Patterson
Thanks to all!!!!!
Thank you all for the fantastic information and sharing your experience teaching virtually.
Thank you for doing this!
Thank you, everyone!
Thank to you to all
Thank you everyone!
That was very insightful!
Thank you. I learned quite a bit
Thank You! Wonderful info.
This has been a like a miniature TMEA or TBA convention. Great job, and thanks to our four guests.