Design & Technology
Designing instruction using technology compasses a broad range of pedagogical and technical skills. While this can be difficult, there are many tools available to assist in this task, most being different types of software. It takes a great deal of time and experience to learn these programs but the payoff is well worth the effort.
One student project that I assigned in the spring of 2020 used multi-track recording software. I had them compose or find a piece of music with four voices (like a hymn) which they would use to sing and record all four parts on separate tracks to recreate the harmonic progression. The students seemed to enjoy this activity, and some even produced some impressive recordings.
More commonly, I use technology to design helpful handouts. One class that can be challenging to teach is Form & Analysis, and in my case I didn't have a textbook so every week I had to make a few pages of handouts that would eventually culminate in a textbook of sorts. I wanted my students to have summaries and diagrams to reference when studying, so I used a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Keynote to make clear summaries of the topics and concepts discussed in class. Below is an example of the handout discussing sonata form.