Matt Moon 2015-2016

Pike County

Matt Moon 2015-2016

Pike County

Biography

Learning Innovation Grant Recipient

Project Title: “Recording Progress: Teaching 21st Century Technologies Skills”

Project 2: “Recording Progress: (Teaching 21st Century Technologies Skills through Music)” Throughout Eastern Kentucky, there is a shortage of knowledgeable and trained professionals in the live sound and recording industry. Live sound and recording technology is a 21st Century technology skill that few students ever encounter in the traditional general music classroom. Additionally, many students who take general music courses at the high school level are not interested in traditional music history or theory. So, the task-at-hand is incorporating a real world music technology unit in the general music classroom to help students gain 21st century music industry skills. The Goal of Recording Progress” is designed to implement a hands-on and project based-unit where general music students become familiar with recording and live sound equipment, and utilize the equipment in real-life recording and live sound applications. Students will form small groups that will set up live sound systems for school events. Each group will also record projects for various school groups.

 

Learning Innovation Grant Recipient

Project Title: SmartMusic for Smart Students!

Project 1: SMARTMUSIC for Smart Students!
Instrumental music teachers, specifically band directors, are faced daily with the incredible and seemingly impossible task of teaching every student effectively. Imagine a class of 60 students ranging from weak to advanced performance skills representing a mix of 4 different grade levels in one classroom. Multiply that by 10 to 14 different types of instruments that make sounds in vastly different ways. Now, put them all into one room, with one teacher, within one 45 minute class period, and teach every individual effectively. For many years, band directors have used a holistic approach by rehearsing the group with vigor and hoping for the best. As a band director, the challenge involves differentiating and individualizing instruction to give each student the opportunity to maximize their talent. “SmartMusic for Smart Students” is a project that capitalizes on a widely accessible and user-friendly technology that can be used by individual students in a classroom setting as well as a home to improve individual formative and summative assessment practices and student practice techniques.