Then, have them read the rhythm as you read the other rhythm. You won’t be able to hear them, but you’ll just have to trust that they are reading it correctly (as, if all microphones are off, it will sound very messy!)Then, you could have them read the other rhythm with you, and then identify which song it is. You might be able to use the chat to have students vote; if you are using Microsoft Teams, you can use Google Forms to have them vote on the song title!Then, everyone could sing “Naughty Kitty Cat.” Usually, there is a chasing game, but since we’re virtual, you’d have to adapt. Instead, maybe play a solo meow game. Change the cursor to a cat, like Katie Wardrobe describes in this blog post. Then, choose three students to unmute, and share your screen. When singing, point to the first student on the first “meow,” and have them meow. Do the same on the second rest with the second student, and the third rest for the third student! Then, repeat with three more students!Lastly, to play “Seven Jumps,” you could share your screen and show a video like this, of the dance. To do the dance together, students could walk in place, then do each motion by getting out of their chair and doing that motion!Looking for lesson plans which you could adapt for virtual? Check out these sets:
What does this mean for education? Figure out the important standards/ concepts (your big rocks) and plan for those now. Your big rocks might not be ti-tika and low la. Instead, they might be building relationships with students, connecting music to students’ lives, and listening to a diverse selection of music. It’s up to you. But if you plan for those first and you don’t fit in the other stuff, it’s okay.What projects lend themselves well to this situation?As you plan, think about which projects you’ve done with students, that could work well in a distance learning or blended learning situation. Have you tried PBL, or project-based learning? Have you tried another project that your kids love? Make a list of which projects you’ve tried, and then reflect on how you’d have to adapt those projects to make them work.Social distancing games?We play so many singing games in the music room that involve hand holding and being close to one another. Are there any games you can think of that could work with social distancing? Could you have students adapt the game, simply by reviewing the way the game is typically played, then reminding them of their current guidelines?No performances?Usually, when I long range plan, I have to account for performances. I think next year, there will likely be no performances, or at least none until there is a vaccine for COVID-19. This at least clears up some time for curriculum, when you would typically be preparing for performances. Maybe that’s not the case for you though–either way, plan for what you think is likely to happen.How can you assess?I’ve written several blog posts about how to assess with distance learning. The ideas could work well for blended learning as well, and include:After reading over the blog posts and/or reflecting on what worked for you in the spring, decide how and what you will assess.Which platforms do you have access to?If you use Google Classroom, or another learning management system (LMS) in your school district, such as Canvas or Schoology, will you use those platforms to deliver the material? Will you integrate with another tool, such as Nearpod or Edpuzzle? Or will you deliver the lessons in Google Slides?You might even change the platform, depending on what you want to accomplish, whether or not that grade level uses the LMS consistently, etc. I suggest not switching between too many platforms, as that can be confusing and frustrating for parents and students, but being able to think ahead about platforms can be helpful.Can you collaborate with another special areas teacher?I’ve heard from some music educators that they are collaborating with other special areas teachers. If you have a good collaborative relationship with at least one member of your team, you might plan for a lesson here or there that involves collaboration, whether you are playing “Plainsies Clapsies” with second graders while collaborating with your PE teacher, learning about the art of Kandinsky while collaborating with your art teacher, or coding with Scratch while you are collaborating with your technology teacher!