Inside a physical classroom, art and music can be fun and engaging. Students get to interact and play with their peers and teachers get to jam with their students. For a lot of students, art and music are two subjects they most look forward to every week because they get to be creative and in general, be more like themselves. Now that learning and teaching have shifted to online platforms, how do you achieve the same level of commitment from your students?
The Challenges of Virtual Learning
It’s no secret that teachers and students still have much to learn about online learning, especially for those who aren’t as tech-savvy as the others. But not being tech-savvy enough is not even the real issue with virtual learning; the real problem is engaging the students. If a teacher loses a student’s interest in the middle of an online lecture, for instance, how do they draw this student back?
In a physical classroom, this is fairly easy; call the attention of the student and engage them in conversation. In a virtual classroom, it’s not that simple because a student may just as easily say they got disconnected when they no longer wish to participate for that particular lecture.
Engaging Students in Arts and Music Virtual Learning
There are various ways to engage students in these classes but first, teachers need to embrace technology and take advantage of its many capabilities. For instance, teachers can create a video streaming channel (there are free sites for these) that students can access. Teachers can upload videos of how to play an instrument, for instance, or how to paint or draw. Students on the other hand, can share videos of them playing an instrument.
Teachers can also encourage their kids’ creativity by asking them to make art out of everyday household items or other materials they can find at home (make sure to let the parents know about this beforehand).
Students and teachers can also still play their instruments together online, creating music from their respective homes. For finals, students can hold an online concert or play music they composed. And for the art students, how about an online exhibition of their works?
As you can see, there are various ways to get your kids interested and engaged in art and music, and give the same level of commitment (maybe even more) they did inside the classroom.
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