Chris Mandato: Music Education at a Distance

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Music Education at a Distance

Music is a part of everyday life. Musicians understand and appreciate the importance of practicing their craft on a regular basis so that music can be learned and expressed. Unfortunately, the typical elementary and secondary school day schedule does not always allow for daily direct music instruction. However, in today's technologically advanced society there are a multitude of tools at educator's fingertips that can engage learners and involve them musically at any moment of any day.

Through this course, I will show teachers that the added use of a distance learning model will be an excellent means to furthering student achievement of musical concepts on their musical instruments. Tools such as online practice/listening journals, recordings, podcasts, video/skype lessons, youtube, and programs such as Smartmusic are all great additions to the music classroom for student advancement.


  • What is Distance Education?
  • What does Music Education look like when Learning from a Distance?
  • How does Music Education and Distance Learning contribute to a Participatory Culture?


This course will walk you through the following lessons to use in Music Education Classrooms:

Lesson 1: What is Distance Education?

Lesson Objective: Learners will be able to demonstrate understanding of the history behind Distance Education, along with the different models that have emerged and the benefits that can result from this type of learning given a database of research and resources through discussion posts with peers.

In this lesson you will:

  • Read to understand the history, types and benefits of Distance Education
  • View some examples of Online music Education
  • Brainstorm different ways in which learners have experienced Distance Education

Lesson 2: Connecting Music Education with Distance Education

Lesson Objective: Learners will compare and contrast online music education tools and discern their effectiveness in their teaching when provided with a list of URLs in an online discussion board with peers.

In this lesson, you will:

  • Explore different models and styles for teaching music at a distance.
  • Explore different games and tools to supplement classroom learning at a distance
  • Discuss some of the best characteristics of Music Education at a Distance and how it can be used in one's own classroom.*

Lesson 3: A Participatory Culture

Lesson Objectives: Learners will contribute ideas and feedback on peer posts given resources regarding Participatory Culture and how it can be connected to Music Education on an online discussion board with peers.

In this lesson, you will:

  • Watch an example of successful collaboration using internet resources.
  • Understand what is meant by Participatory Culture
  • Explore different ways in which learners can contribute to a Participatory Culture through Music Education.

Assessment: Design a Music Education Lesson at a Distance