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MUED 271 Field Experience Observation Form

Date: 11/15/17 Location: Elkton MS


Time: 1:32-2:58 (Music Tech 6) Teacher: Kley Todd
Host teacher’s signature:
What was/were the objective(s) of this lesson?
• Learn how to create a beat
• Learn how harmony works
• Work/Play with Auxy

What National Standard(s) do you think was/were addressed in this lesson? (Please be specific (e.g.,
Anchor Standard 4: Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation).)
• Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work
The students started creating their own beats using the app, Auxy.
• Anchor Standard 5: Perceive and analyze artistic work
The students went through an online tutorial provided by Ableton Live that explained and demonstrated what
backbeats were and the different parts of a backing track (clap, high hat, bass, etc.) through popular songs.
• Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
At the beginning of class, the students watched and listened to a Youtube video and had to complete a listening log
that asked questions about what they heard regarding the bass and harmony.

What Virginia Standard(s) of Learning for Music do you think was/were addressed in this lesson?
(Again, please be specific (e.g., K.6: The student will demonstrate a steady beat, using body
percussion, instruments, and voice).)
• 6.6 The student will create music through a variety of sound and notational sources by
o 1. improvising four-measure melodic and rhythmic phrases; and
o 2. composing four-measure melodies and rhythms.
• 6.8 The student will analyze and interpret music by
o 1. examining the importance of cultural influences and historical context for the interpretation of
works of music; and
o 2. describing works of music, using inquiry skills and music terminology.
• 7.6 The student will create music through a variety of sound and notational sources by
o 3. identifying contemporary media and technology used to create music.

How did the teacher accomplish her/his objectives?


Mr. Conrad had the students go onto their laptops and go through a tutorial by Ableton Live on music
making. After they had completed all the sections, he gathered them together and reviewed and facilitated
discussion on what they had just read concerning backbeats. Through this tutorial, the students learned how
harmony work and how to create a beat with this website, and he also reviewed it as a group in case they did not
fully understand. He also allowed them time to grab an iPad and play around with the Auxy app once they had
finished the tutorial.

How did the teacher assess individual students’ understanding?


He assessed individual students’ understanding through the listening logs they had to complete at the
beginning of class, as well as having them answer his questions regarding what they read. They also played a
Kahoot game to test and review their knowledge. Over the next few days, he said that his overall way of assessing
their learning would be project-based. They would have to know how to create and then develop their own tune;
this tune would have to incorporate beats, backbeats, and a melodic chord progression line. This allows the students
the freedom to display their own understanding of these specific concepts while putting their own flair into it.
What does the teacher do that seems to help student learning in this classroom?
Mr. Conrad’s class was self-paced, and he allowed them to spread out anywhere they wanted to in the
room. It helped them get into a place of learning where they were comfortable and could learn and understand
concepts at their own pace. He also went around the classroom to help students who had questions, and then
reviewed as a group to highlight the concepts he wanted them to learn that day.

What does the teacher do that seems to hinder student learning in the classroom?
As always, technology can be a bit distracting to students and it is easy for them to get side-tracked and
search whatever they want on the Internet without the teacher knowing. Some of the students were doing this and it
slowed down their learning in the class, especially since the teacher cannot come around and check all their screens.
Knowing how to balance technology and individual work with learning material that the teacher teaches is
something that the teacher has to figure out and balance.

What do students do that seems to help their learning in the classroom?


Many of the students were proactive in reading and completing their lesson tutorial in a timely manner;
they also were extremely creative and playful when it came to starting their own music tracks. They were not afraid
of getting things wrong or making mistakes, which allowed for more fun and creativity when they were working
with Auxy.

What do students do that seems to hinder their learning in the classroom?


Sometimes they got side-tracked and distracted by either their computers or random conversations with
their friends. When they did these things, they were missing out on the opportunity to learn and ask stimulating
questions.

What action(s) on the part of the teacher do you think would improve student learning in this
classroom?
I think that if Mr. Conrad had a way to check how far along the students were in the tutorial, or a way to
make sure they were all on track with their work, it would help to improve student learning and focus because they
would stay on task. I also think that after they learn to use Auxy, they should have the opportunity to research other
music making apps and the pros and cons of each, and then play and make music with that app.

What action(s) on the part of the students do you think would improve student learning in this
classroom?
The students could be more engaged in answering the listening log questions, as well as asking their own
questions about things they have heard in pop music and ask how it relates to the class. They could also make their
own connections about backbeats in the different kinds of songs they hear on the radio. By asking questions and
making their own connections, they can build upon their knowledge (constructivism) and be more aware of it.

What other comments/observations do you have?


I have never been in a class specifically devoted to learning music technology, so I thought it was cool and
interesting to see how it was being taught. I also enjoyed the concept of the listening log and helping students to be
exposed to different kinds of music and then evaluate and critique what they are listening to in order to bring about
critical thinking and writing skills into the music classroom.

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