How to Use Interactive Whiteboards in Music Lessons

If you use interactive whiteboards or SMARTboards, you will realize that using them is better than a screen or simple projector. According to a survey on The Journal from 2016, 68% of teachers already use interactive whiteboards in their lessons, 8% want to have one, and 4% expressed wanting to use them in a year. There are many advantages of using them in your music lessons. You do not need to worry about making changes to your current music curriculum. This article will give you some tips on how to use an Interactive whiteboard during your music lesson.

6 Tips on How to Use an Interactive Whiteboard in Your Music Lessons

In the video below, you will see a music teacher who demonstrates how to use an interactive whiteboard in the music classroom:

1. Connect your interactive whiteboard to music apps.

You can connect your interactive whiteboard to a video game console or computer games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero. These games help students learn different music concepts, such as hand-eye coordination, patterns, rhythms, and beat awareness.

2. Compare and differentiate various versions of the same song.

With interactive whiteboards or SMARTboards, you can launch two different audio clips or YouTube videos of the same piece of music. You can launch a blank window underneath the video to write notes. When you play every part, you can instruct your students to take down descriptions. Then, you can do an activity and ask them to play these two different styles.

3. Use the screen to analyze a piece of music or lyrics shown on the screen.

Students can utilize different colored markers to make forms on the needed parts, write notes, underline rhyming words, and encircle rhythm patterns. For the divided parts, they can highlight groups in different colors.

4. Teaching about instruments is easy with Interactive Whiteboards.

You separate the screen into two using a line tool or marker. List the instrument names on one half. It is best to put text boxes so that they can be clicked and dragged more easily. Put instrument pictures on the other half. Then, students can match the instrument names with the right images. You can also include sound clips to hear the instrument or make a playlist with the sound clip of every instrument.

5. Group the instruments by percussion, brass, woodwind, and strings.

Divide the screen into four and name every group. You ask your students to identify the different instrument types. You can search for pictures online, paste them on the blank grids, and instruct them to drag the images into the correct instrument group.

6. Students can learn about song lyrics by putting them in order.

You can sort the lyrics in your IWB before or after studying the song. You can type all the lyrics in different text boxes and mix them up. Your students need to read the lyrics and put the song in the correct order. Doing this can reinforce their reading comprehension and understand the importance of song chronology.


Finally, with interactive whiteboards, your students can become more engaged and focused in your music lessons. That is because they are accustomed to the new technologies available. You can also become a better teacher because you can adjust to the needs of modern students.

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