Orpheus in the Cyberworld:
      Strategies & Implementation of Web-based Electronic Learning for Music Ensembles & Classes



      This overview stems from "real life" experience and reflection over the past seven years in using electronic learning, with choral ensembles at the university level, and from working with choral directors and public school teachers/students around the country on how to implement electronic learning in their specific contexts. Feel free to borrow anything here that appeals to you. I am also interested in hearing from you about what you are doing with electronic learning in choral contexts. How this overview came to be online.

      James F. Daugherty, Ph.D.
      University of Kansas
      Division of Music Education & Music Therapy
      email: jdaugher@ku.edu
      URL:http://people.ku.edu/~jdaugher



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      I. INTRODUCTION

      One might think this presentation is "about" technology. That is not the case. It actually has to do with the feasibility of new (or re-newed) ways of structuring music rehearsals and music classes, including the possible roles of students/singers and teachers/conductors within those frameworks. At heart, this exploration is "about" learning, teaching, reflective practice and music-making.

      Video Clips from Three Schools: Topeka High School || West Junior High School || Central Junior High School

      Some background data: Statistics on internet access/use. Statistics on teacher preparation/ability to use technologies associated with web-based learning.

      Powerpoint Presentations: Ok. We're Wired. Now What?: Historical, Philosophical, and Pedagogical Reflections for Music Educators; and Orpheus in the Cyberworld: How to Design & Implement Online Learning Strategies for Music Education.

      A brief chronology of the Internet.

      Value decisions: Instrumentalist or Transformational? You get to decide.

      Research/Further Reading



      II. STRATEGIES: A GUIDED TOUR WITH EXAMPLES

      Value Assumption: Rehearsal time (synchronous time) is best spent rehearsing. Electronic learning (which is largely asynchronous time) can prepare for, enhance, and expand group rehearsal time.

      1. Where It All Comes Together: Examples of
      Choir Homepages.

      2. Score Marking

      3. Hearing

      4. Diction Practice

      5. Vocal Health/Voice Care

      6. Web Quests

      7. Sightsinging/Curwen hand signs

      8. Group Discussion and Critical Reflection

      9. Individual Evaluation and Assessment

      10. Group Building

      11. Information Sharing: Calendar/Syllabus || Handbook || Forms || Auditions || Trips

      12. Synchronous Possibilities

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      III. EXAMPLES OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND MODULES

      1. Relating specific choral compositions to the National Standards

      2. Using various learning theories

      3. General Music

      4. Music Theory

      4. Band

      5. Guitar

      6. Strings

      7. Ideas for Church Choirs

      8. University courses


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      IV. IMPLEMENTATION

      Value Assumptions: Do not focus on technology per se. Focus first on what you want to accomplish educationally and/or musically. We do not need to reinvent the wheel. Functionality first, bells and whistles second, if at all. "Stealing" code is okay.

      1. smartChoir: A Five Step, How-to-do-it schema

      2. Incorporating Interactivity: web forms, bulletin boards, quizzes

      3. Buttons, logos, graphics

      4. Some practical considerations

      5. Enabling people to use your site

      6. Alternatives to using your own server for interactivity and processing

      7. Inexpensive commercial templates and server space



      V. RESOURCES



      VI. COPYRIGHT ISSUES AND PASSWORD PROTECTION

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              Acceptable Use Policies

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