Why use MoodleCloud in instrumental lessons?

MoodleCloud is a free version of Moodle  (an online learning platform). It is designed for educators and targeted “towards small users of Moodle: very small schools or companies, or lone teachers with a few classes..”(Read more here). In other words, MoodleCloud is a perfect fit for music studios, like Poco Piano Studio!

MoodleCloud is a highly customisable system. You can create courses structured around anything you want for your students. You can create assignments, quizzes, upload and link students on to great resources among other things. After much fiddling around I discovered the best way to use MoodleCloud for my studio, here is a quick peek!
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Why I Love Garageband

Why I Love Garageband

Recently a student begun sharing her own songs during our lessons. We’ve been having lessons together for around two years and she is currently working on her preliminary grade (AMEB) repertoire. It’s absolutely astounding what new students can accomplish with a basic knowledge of chords and scales… but that’s a topic for another time! After hearing a few of her songs I suggested we record some and the student was very onboard with the idea. I decided to use GarageBand to do this because it’s extremely user friendly and the student had access to it outside of the studio. At the end of each lesson we work on recording her song, little by little until it’s finished. We are now nearing the end of the process and the student still looks forward to recording her song each week! The experience has been rewarding and enhanced the students learning in a variety of different ways. In this post I intend to discuss five benefits from the process that stood out the most to show why I love Garageband and will continue integrating it into the studio.

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Composing & Creating From Day One

I was browsing lesson ideas on Pinterest when I stumbled across ‘Paint Chip Improv‘ from Teach Piano Today. For a while I have been thinking of ways to get students playing and creating music from their first lesson before being introduced notation. I want the first lesson to be fun, engaging and motivate the student to want to learn more. When I read about this game I thought I’d hit the jackpot! I now use it during my first lesson with new students and it ticks every box.

Paint Chip Improv

Paint Chip Improv

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Student Details Forms

 Student Details Form (.doc) | Student Details Form (.docx)

Can’t believe it’s August already! Poco Piano Studio is in our eighth month of operation, currently operating with two students I’m very proud of how far we’ve come together. There is no greater buzz than seeing your students progress and develop a lifelong appreciation for music! I am now putting my focus on growing our little studio. The bigger our music community the more group activities and competitions I can run for the students!

I wanted to share with other teachers my student details forms.Not only are they a must for administrative records of your studio but they are great to keep handy for phone inquiries, booking new students in lessons and getting to know new students. The music history section gives you guidance of how to plan for your first lesson together. I like to get an overview of how the student uses their music skills outside of the lesson. If they’re not apart of any ensembles I encourage them to join some, joining a choir is a great place to start for beginning students who aren’t comfortable playing piano with others yet. Choir provides the joy of group music making without the pressure of playing an unfamiliar instrument.

Student details form

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Practice Books… hot off the presses!

Finally invested in a new printer which means…. Practice books!

Practice Diary

Preview: Cover of Practice Book 1.1

This is my practice book template and I’m very excited to try it for this weeks lessons. I’m sure I’ll make improvements and adjustments as I go, let me know how it works out for you! I

Practice Book 1.0 1.1 (revised!)

Practice Diary (.docx) | Practice Diary (.doc)

All you need is a double sided printer. 🙂

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