Music Online

Music+Online

Cooper Lekborg, Web team

If you have ever tried to sing with someone or listen to music over a phone call, you would know that within seconds everything falls apart; everyone is out of time and the sound of the voices together resembles throwing a frying pan into a wood chipper. Even with higher quality digital communication software like Discord or Zoom, the same problems come up. With these limitations, how can a music teacher for a school teach a subject like guitar or band? Mr. Blackman is the director for the band at Georgetown and teaches other music and instrument-based electives. Mr. Blackman gave some insight on how he teaches his classes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

    “In our band class, we use the app Acapella to have a couple students in a group perform a song,” says Mr. Blackman. Acapella is an app that can take multiple different recordings and merge them to create one song, kind of like playing non-virtually.

   

    “The hardest classes to teach are the performance classes, like band and guitar, it’s hard to play an instrument in real time virtually,” says Mr. Blackman. The band and guitar classes have been majorly affected by the changes to classes. The regulations for band have drastically changed the feel of the class from the band class last year.

 

    “Band used to be mostly playing music and sometimes studying music, but is now mostly studying music and sometimes playing at home,” says Cian Healy, a member of the band. Mr Blackman is trying his hardest to make band feel like it once did, but sadly it doesn’t have the same feel as it once did.

 

    The band class and other classes that Mr. Blackman teaches have been drastically changed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Mr. Blackman does his best to try to do fun activities so that band isn’t just a general music class, but band is not the same as it once was.