During this unprecedented time we are all trying to find the new "normal." I have created a series of resources that may be of benefit to you and your students. I encourage you to check them out and see if they might work for your new distance learning situation. If you feel so inclined, donations for these resources are greatly appreciated, though not required. Suggested donation $10
Creative Canon is my arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon in D in which each student or group can make up their own version of the song. Each instrument is supplied with all of the important melodies from this famous tune (even the cellos and basses get to play the melody!) Some students might stick to the basic lines, where more advanced students might jump to a more challenging line.
In addition to the string parts, I have created a variety of back beats using iReal Pro that students can practice with in various tempi and styles to keep steady and inspire their creativity.
***** SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE *****
Now with percussion parts and a few range alterations.
I wrote these Distance Duets at the request of my awesome band director husband who was looking for material to use during distance learning.
The idea is to let students make music, even "ensemble" based music, when live ensembles aren't really possible. They can record and play along with their own recording or share with a friend.
Each duet gets progressively more advanced, so the set is meant to be used for teachers who teach a variety of levels. They range from grade 1 to grade 4.
Have the students play them for playing sake, or use them to teach new skills. Each duet is in a different form and uses different rhythmic components and keys.
The Big IDEA
The Big IDEA method (Identify, Decide, Execute & Analyze) was designed by Katie O’Hara LaBrie, a Middle School Orchestra Director, and Tracy Magwire, a Middle School Band Director, with the goal of teaching their students how to practice efficiently and effectively; to get away from simple time based practice records and give students a path to becoming self-motivated, independent, life-long learners.
We have designed quality based practice journals where the students set goals based on musical principles, use a variety of strategies that effectively help them meet those goals, assess their skills and analyze what to do next.
Since implementing The Big IDEA into our classes we have seen an upswing in student practice, musical knowledge, rehearsal interaction, and performance. We hope that these resources will prove useful for you and your students!
As an extension to the distance duets I wrote a third part. This part is slightly more advanced and more independent that the duets. It follows the same educational model of each duet, but with an expanded range.
You can use these trios as an individual recording project, small ensemble, or even a flex band or flex strings arrangement. Enjoy!