When my son was in 5th grade, his math teacher developed an entire ‘flipped classroom’ model for math. What is ‘flipped classroom’? The students watched videos at home explaining the math concepts, and came back to the classroom ready to do their work and discuss the concepts that they had learned. My son LOVED it, and grew exponentially in his math skills that year. A light bulb went off in my mind – why couldn’t I do this with music theory? So a few years ago, I looked at our state curriculum for 1st-12th grade music theory. It’s a beautiful curriculum, sequenced in a very logical manner. I began breaking up each yearly curriculum into bite sized concepts, and creating videos for my students to watch at home or during their lab or lesson time. I wanted the videos to be exactly like I taught – duplicating my teaching without duplicating my time. On the screen, I showed the students the music theory concepts, and explained each and every concept.
In just a few short months, I was seeing drastic changes with my students in how they understood music theory. Instead of me having to explain, for example, a whole step and a half step, my students would watch this video at home, do the worksheet, and come back to lessons with me ready to discuss this in their music. It was a night and day difference.
In time, I started adding worksheets and interactive exercises to each video. Within a few years, I have created videos, worksheets, and interactive exercises for 7 level of music theory. I’m continuing to develop more on a monthly basis. In my own studio, some of my students watch the videos and work on the worksheets at home, others in their lessons, and others in their lab time.