Tuesday, October 26
2:00-2:30 PM

Music Educators’ Use of a Facebook Group from April 1 through August 20, 2020

Live Paper Presentation ID: 59037
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    Dan Keast
    The University of Texas Permian Basin

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread challenges for many educators across the world. Music educators were no different as they turned to social media for help resolving their technology gaps, lesson plan ideas, and networking for moral support in the face of exceptional challenges. The sudden shift to online, without training in the platform, caused unimagined stress for music teachers at all levels from elementary, secondary, and collegiate teaching. Changes were necessary to one-on-one lesson teaching, ensemble rehearsals, and classroom courses such as general music, collegiate music method courses, music theory, and aural skills courses. This study logged the use of a Facebook group for the music teachers’ dates of posts, number of comments to posts, number of reactions to posts, purpose for the posts, and the teaching level of the teacher in a Google form. Educators used the form to ask questions, share lesson plans, and sharing links to online music repositories for YouTube and corporate assistance during the pandemic.

Presider: amina charania, Tata Trust, Tata Institute of Social Sceinces


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