Student Centered Learning in a choir rehearsal??
Date: March 31, 2012
Student Centered Learning (SCL) is touted as an effective way for students to take ownership of their learning experience, develop critical thinking, foster curiosity, and learn problem solving skills. But student centered learning in a choir rehearsal? I have always considered myself a benevolent dictator, completely in charge of my rehearsal from beginning to end. How does a choir teacher add SCL to the daily rehearsal? For our district initiative, I have come up with and incorporated the following ideas. Some of these ideas I have been doing for years. Others, I am trying out on my little guinea pigs this year.
- Have students decide what passages to work on. (What part of this song needs the most work?)
- Spread the students out…space enhances tone and makes each student responsible for their own sound. (Weston Noble)
- Extra credit for student led morning rehearsals
- Have students monitor other students to check for understanding.
- Student led warm-ups
- Sing a chord or 3rd. Have singers go up half a step & back down w/o accomp.
- Find this rhythm in the score
- Have students lead sight-singing by using pointer w/ overhead projection
- Have students correct their own mistakes. “What went wrong?” “How do we fix that?”
- Questioning: (sometimes general, sometimes directed to a particular student)
“Why did I cut you off?”
“What would I tell you to watch out for in this exercise?”
“What are different ways to show expression (facial or musically) while singing!”
“What needs work?/What did you do right?”
“Why didn’t that work?”
PLEASE ADD YOUR IDEAS! I'd love to start brainstorming with other choir teachers. What has worked for you?
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