Central of the usefulness of the “MUED4002 Technology in Music Education” course is the practicality of the skills and content covered. Earlier in the course (before 6 weeks of Professional Experience), we did learnt how to set up the Portable Video Studio and did an acapella recording of the Lion King.
Often in classrooms, it’s difficult to find opportunities for students to transfer skills and knowledge learnt within the classroom to a ‘real-world challenge’ (which is integral in Challenge Based Learning) or have meaningful community links (which is key in Project Based Learning). Katie Ash discusses the importance of Interactivity and Real-World Relevance succinctly in her article here.
But today, we had the opportunity to put those skills we learnt to good use- setting up the Portable Video Studio to do a semi-professional audio and video recording of Ensemble Offspring’s performance of Bree van Ryk’s piece “Light for the First Time”.
Real world connections? Tick
Authentic interaction with community experts? Tick
Total engagement and involvement from all students? Tick
This is what a successful “BL” needs.
The audio and video files we got out of the sessions are available through this Dropbox link.
Below is a time-lapse of our setup, recorded by Kristen Bergersen! You can check out her blog post on this session here.