July 11, 2020
In these uncertain challenging times with Covid-19, it is difficult to know exactly what the fall school year will look like. With all of this uncertainty, it is important for me, as the director of M.U.S.E., to give parents an idea of how we see the fall for our program. We have always felt that it is better to be proactive than reactive and this couldn’t be a more appropriate time to be proactive. We can always make certain changes if needed but it’s important to have a solid plan with a back up if necessary. We will have several options in place to be finalized and implemented once we get closer to the school start up date either online or a hybrid of online and on site part time. We are dedicated to help continue your child’s music education and excitement for playing their instrument and being part of a group experience.
The first option, which we think will be the most likely, is starting the year off with online instruction. Better to be safe than sorry. Safety is of the most importance right now and will continue to be so until a vaccine is developed. We were very successful with our online classes in the spring and we feel that both the students and the teachers learned a lot in a short amount of time. As instructors we had to learn how to adapt and be creative in our approach to online learning. Even with irregularities in broadband reception, we were able to be consistent and reach out to our students with our online library of interactive learning videos. These resources enhanced and targeted the students learning opportunities at home more than ever. We have been wanting to do this for years and now, out of necessity, we have over 120 interactive videos online for the students to utilize if you are a part of our program.
We have always told parents that learning an instrument is primarily done at home. Students must practice in order to be prepared for class. When students prepare to the best of their abilities, teachers are then able to work with the students in class to reinforce what they are doing well and to correct and help with the challenging aspects of the music at hand. We feel our temporary online classes will help and motivate students in their efforts to learn how to play. Our online classes are designed to build on their practice skills so they create a strong musical foundation.
We took the schedules from last year and added 30 minutes to the start time. This should allow enough time, if students are on campus on the day of band class, to get home in time for class. We may need to adjust some schedules, but for now, this gives you a good idea of the general time frame of classes.
The only missing piece is our “live” performances but these will come back. In the meantime, we are developing how to create and produce performances online. Students will have the opportunity to do projects as a team, their class, which will include the recording aspect of music. This is very exciting. Again, we all feel “live” with an audience is the best, but the recording element allows us to reach out to an even broader audience. Imagine over the holidays sending out a video montage to relatives and friends of your child performing with their classmates dressed up in the colors of the season.
Here is an example of what Jonah Cabral, band instructor at St. Veronicas in south San Francisco and Roosevelt High, did at the end of the school year. These are the types of projects we can do.
For those parents who just had too much on their plate at the time of the shut down (working at home with usually more than one child) and trying to balance between work and their child’s online school work, we totally understood why it was too hard to continue another activity. We know you feel strongly that music is an important part of your child’s overall education and we want to help make this as easy as possible for you to participate.
Registering for Class
We are preparing for our fall registration and making a few adjustments for our early Fall Registration by extending the Full Pay “Summer Special” now through August 15th. We will be ready for parents to register for classes by July 15th. Go to our Registration page.
In addition, we wanted to mention to those parents who may have younger children now interested in our program that we will have some student demonstrations of the instruments available to help new students decide on what instrument they would like to play. Here are a few examples:
We look forward to the fall and another great year of music making. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Teri at email@example.com or me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great summer !!
Director of M.U.S.E
If you want to look at some of the examples of what we have done see below:
Examples of Online instruction
Online interactive videos can currently be found on the “Custom MUSE Instrumental Programs Youtube Channel” link or on this page below. For the Custom Youtube Channel, choose the Playlist menu to access the grouping of videos you need.
Here is an example of an interactive video explaining how to play what we call “Speed Drills” (a real brain teaser) Followed by a shorter video of how students would play along with me, the instructor. These videos are made for any instrument your child plays:
How to play Speed Drills
Actually Playing Speed Drills
Playlists on YouTube
To navigate in YouTube, once you are on the page select PLAYLISTS. Playlists are like folders with videos inside. This will take you to a list of videos that are grouped together. MUSE and teachers will be sending out suggested lesson plans. You can then choose from this list the videos you need. For instance, if you are a beginning band student and you want to start on Book 1 Lesson 12 you can select that grouping where there are 7 videos for that Lesson.
Here is a video on How to Navigate the YouTube page. Let us know if you have any questions.
The following Information below was used for the end of this last school year and is going to be modified. We are just keeping this up on site right now until we are ready to update for fall.
MUSE Youtube Channel “Playlists”
Here is how we have folders organized. We also have links below the will take you to “Playlists” on our Youtube channel. Once you click on folder the first video will play but on the right side of the screen you will see the whole list of videos related to that “Playlist”. We have also included on this page a list below of the current Playlists.
Beginning Band Student Instruction:
Creating a Routine: Practice Suggestions video (please watch first)
Warming Up Ideas– A Necessity
Book 1 video help:
Solo and Ensemble Festival Music
Snare Drum Technique Page
How to navigate to fun music accompaniment for songs in book 1
Accompaniment for songs in Book 1
For Intermediate/Advanced Band Student Instruction:
Songs in MUSE Book
Solo and Ensemble Festival Music
Snare Drum online instruction:
Rolls (review for Intermediate/Advanced students) If you dont have last years book music will show on the screen.
How to Play a “Swing Beat”
How to Play a “Rock Beat”
Solo and Ensemble Festival Music For Beginning Snare drum
Solo and Ensemble Festival Music for Inter/Adv Snare drum