A few years ago, I realized that audio technology was more available than ever, and yet so often music lessons had stayed the same. It seemed like a missed opportunity, and so I invested in the equipment that would let us create our own recordings.
Now we’re further down that path, and it’s transformed my teaching. Here’s what I know about integrating recording into lessons:
- It provides my youngest students with a challenge that comes ‘naturally’ from the computer: for example, can you play with the beat? Trying to stay in time with a GarageBand drummer is a lot more fun than listening to a teacher tell you to play without hesitating.
- For my more advanced students, the process of hearing themselves helps them articulate their strengths and build intrinsic motivation for refining difficult technical skills.
- For everyone, recording projects contribute to our identities as musicians – to know that we are capable of creating sounds that others will want to hear.
Plus, parents tell me they love hearing their students make progress.
Want to hear our work? We’d be delighted for you to listen to us! Why not check out our Virtual Recitals?