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Friday, February 24 • 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Creating Self-Directed Learners in Band

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The biggest struggle my students had when they were faced with at-home learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, was how to read rhythms without a teacher there to demonstrate and enforce learning. I also realized that my students were not using their instruments to play for themselves at home, they really only practice so they know their band parts! I wanted to change this, and give them the tools to enjoy their band instruments on a deeper level that would ensure that they could continue to love and learn on their instruments long after graduation (even if there is no local community band for them to play in). What I call "the Dash Method" was born, a way for students to easily learn any rhythms they come across, and to build a more solid foundation of musical understanding. In this seminar I will demonstrate the effectiveness of the dash method, as well as some other tips and strategies I have come across to make my students learn how to make music on their own. Though primarily focused on band, the method would certainly come in handy for choir, guitar and even elementary music.


Friday February 24, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-Band Room
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