They are Tabita Muñoz, Valentina Vásquez and Josefina Salazar, students of the course “Development and Teaching of Artistic Language”, who generated audiovisual pedagogical material for boys and girls in the first year of basic education. The branch is dictated in the first year of the degree.
How to work on distance learning music? This is the challenge faced by the students of the “Development and Teaching of Artistic Language” course, taught in the first semester of the Basic Education Pedagogy career at the Faculty of Education at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Before, the students of the course had to create musical instruments with PVC tubes, something that was not feasible this year due to the distance and the difficulty in obtaining materials due to the quarantines imposed in different regions of the country. Faced with this scenario, the course teachers had to innovate in the way of developing content. Thus, Tabita, Valentina and Josefina, new to the career, put together an animated video that teaches how to identify melodies and enhances the role of minors in the musical learning process.
The objective of the material is for boys and girls to recognize the notes Sun and Mi, the students explain. To do this, they decided to create an imaginary world that invites young viewers to participate using their corporeality.
The objective of the material is for boys and girls to recognize the notes Sun and Mi, the students explain. To do this, they decided to create an imaginary world that invites young viewers to participate using their corporeality. “It also occurred to us to make an animated character to make it more attractive,” says Tabita Muñoz (18). This is how Rupertito was born, a green alien who needs help to return to his planet. “We did not want one of us to appear in the video, but we wanted it to be striking, like a cartoon, and that, in the end, the protagonism was in the boy or girl who interacts with the material,” he says.
Something with which the student Josefina Salazar (21) agrees: “We believe that it is very important to give prominence to children through didactics. We wanted them to take an important role in the activity and to draw their attention to learning. In the video, the children are invited to raise and lower their arms according to the note that sounds on the screen. In this way, the Pedagogy students applied the different musical teaching methods learned in the field.
Valentina Vásquez (19) was in charge of editing the video and animation. “We did the drawings and images first, trying to make them very eye-catching, and then we mounted them with stop motion. It was a long process ”, he says. In total, the project took about a month and a half to develop. The narration of the video was made by Tabita and Josefina, where they had to let their entire personality come out through their voice. Something that did not cost much to Josefina, who previously studied theater at another university, but who later realized that her thing was pedagogy: “My thing was to teach and I know that I can use the same theater resources in the classroom ”.
“This generation came fully willing to online learning, so it was surprising how they and they took up this activity and used technological implements (…) they are not only passing through the content of music, but also didactic knowledge” – Camilo Arredondo, UC academic
For the teacher of the course, Camilo Arredondo, “this generation came fully willing to online learning, so it was surprising how they and they took up this activity and used technological implements. It had that sense from the beginning. It occurred to me to generate this instance where they are not only passing through the content of the music, but also the didactic knowledge ”.
Although the students assure that none of them plans to specialize in arts education, they do see value in these initiatives. “We can replicate this type of didactic strategies in other disciplines. The important thing is to know how to interact as teachers with the students and look for ways to give them prominence, either in the classroom or with videos like this one. The idea is to teach how I would have liked to be taught ”, says Tabita.
“The important thing is to know how to interact as teachers with the students and look for ways to give them prominence, either in the classroom or with videos like this one. The idea is to teach how I would have liked them to teach me” – Tabita Muñoz, novice Pedagogy UC