If you are an elementary music teacher in Hamilton Southeastern Schools, your ‘class’ is literally the entire school! You have the privilege of teaching every first through fourth grade student in the building; yet, compared to a classroom teacher, you don’t see your students very often. Elementary students rotate through music class only one or two times per week. In the past, this hasn’t left much time to practice new instrumental skills, or vocal selections for school programs.
Enter the 21st century! With a strong desire to deepen and enrich their music programs, several elementary music teachers recently put their creative problem-solving skills (HSE21!) to work, looking for ways to provide their students with content beyond their one or two music classes each week. In the next several days, HSE21 Shorts will highlight several of these dynamic music teachers.
Suleman Hussain, of Cumberland Road Elementary, has developed several online spaces through which he highlights student learning, shares lessons with parents, and gives students information to practice musical skills and pieces. Mr. Hussain keeps lessons up-to-date on Google Drive in grade level folders, accessible to parents and students 24-7. Through his YouTube channel within HSE’s domain, parents now have a window into music class–they can see and hear what their children are singing and playing–who knows, children may even be teaching their parents a song or two! Mr. Hussain also uses YouTube to post tutorials, a breakdown of the newest xylophone song, for example.
Through digital tools for learning, music teachers like Suleman have found creative ways to extend the classroom, reaching students–and parents–with music class content, musical skills, and engaging musical activities for families to enjoy. #HSE21