For Upper School music teacher and choir conductor Will Nichols, the shift to distance learning presented a challenge for teaching ensemble-based classes like Concert Choir and Saints Chorale: how do you move online when there are more than 30 people per group? The answer came via musical moments.
“Musical moments are ten to thirty second videos that choir students at the Upper School make each week,” Nichols explained. “They highlight how the students are making music throughout their weeks while stuck at home.”
Nichols receives the videos from students and puts them together into a weekly compilation. This type of creativity keeps the classes connected and exploring their own musical passions.
“They learn to appreciate their own abilities by watching recordings and discovering what they love about their music making skills,” said Nichols. “They also find commonalities with their peers, and is a way to communicate to others and increase a sense of community in class as well as in the School at large.”
The compilations will expand and remain weekly, and may be accessed via the Upper School Arts distance learning gallery page.
To find out more about the St. Anne’s-Belfield School distance learning program, visit www.stab.org/distancelearning.