Online Teaching

for the Unexpected Online Music Educator

Last updated: Monday July 13, 2020

About This Class

This class was designed to provide quicks tips and solutions for educators who have been put in the unexpected position of a short notice mandatory transition from traditional classroom teaching to online teaching due to the COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic.

While information in this class covers a lot of ground, it's not designed to be your only or even your primary source of information as you make the transition to online education. There exists now a ton of very useful info on the internet for online educators with more arriving all time. We recommend you check other sources as needed, particularly as new teaching tools and useful websites become available.

Most of this class assumes a synchronous teaching style, that is, teacher and students convening online together at a scheduled date and time, much like traditional teaching. However many of the concepts here can also be applied to asynchronous teaching, and we recommend that you consider using a combination of both styles. Please be aware that while this class will be useful for any type of online music educators, it was written largely with vocal jazz educators in mind.

If you're a music educator who has been tasked with the unexpected job of converting all of your classroom teaching to an online platform on short notice (!), and you know little to nothing about how to do it or you want to up your game, this class is for you!

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Your Instructor

Michele Weir
Michele Weir

Michele Weir is a veteran educator who has made significant contributions to the development of vocal jazz education around the globe. As an arranger/pianist/vocalist, she is known for her versatile skill set and ability to inspire. As one student put it, “Thank you again for being such an amazing mentor. You are truly the person I strive to be.”

Michele’s arrangements have been performed by notable vocal groups including New York Voices and the Swingle Singers, with orchestral works played by various symphonies including the Boston Pops. Michele served as Vocal Producer for the Manhattan Transfer’s 2009 CD release, The Chick Corea Songbook, also contributing two arrangements to the project. Her many arrangements for educational use are distributed widely through a number of different publishers including her own online company, the MichMusic Store.

Currently on faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Michele is an active teacher and clinician, with past workshops in over 20 countries and presentations for some of the world’s most prestigious music conferences including the World Choral Symposium, the Jazz Education Network Conferences, and the ACDA National Conference. She was honored to have been selected as Keynote Speaker for the first-ever International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki, 2015.

Michele’s educational book/CD sets, Vocal Improvisation (Advance Music), Jazz Singer's Handbook (Alfred Publishing), and Jazz Piano Handbook (Alfred Publishing) are widely-used internationally, and in 2015 she created the first-ever iOS app for scat singers, ScatAbility.

Michele is a former vocal member of the Grammy-nominated PM Singers (under the direction of Phil Mattson,) and her duo CD as a vocalist with jazz guitarist Bruce Forman is titled, The Sound of Music. Past credits as a performer include numerous headliner guest artist concerts for educational festivals as well as on-the-road work as pianist for backup singer Bobby Vinton and others. Michele also had the unique opportunity to serve as Music Supervisor for the DreamWorks film, Prince of Egypt, journeying through Europe and Asia to oversee the music production for the film's foreign language dubs.


Frequently Asked Questions

When Does the Class Start and Finish?
Your class will start and end on the dates you choose. Unless otherwise noted on the Class Homepage, you can take it at your own pace!

How Long Do I Have To Access the Class?
For as long as the MusicHabit school is up and running you have access to the class! It’s always available for you.

Can I Give You Feedback Or A Suggestion?
Yes, yes, and yes - we would love to hear from you, thank you. Contact us.

Where Can I Go for Help if I Need it?
Ask a question in the MusicHabit Network Facebook Group for support or contact us directly.

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