Online Teaching

for the Unexpected Online Music Educator

Last updated: Thursday April 30, 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

Over a life-long career in music, Michele Weir has touched the lives of students around the globe and influenced the growth and development of jazz education. Through her many creative arrangements for vocal and instrumental groups, and her talents as a pianist and singer, Michele is highly respected 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 are performed by renowned vocal groups including The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Swingle Singers, M-Pact, Beachfront Property, Chanticleer, Voice Trek, and her orchestral works played by various symphonies including the Boston Pops. Her educational arrangements are distributed by leading publishers including Hal Leonard, Alfred Publishing, Shawnee Press, SMP Jazz as well as her own online company, MichMusic. As Vocal Producer for the Manhattan Transfer’s 2009 CD release, The Chick Corea Songbook, Michele worked closely with the Transfer and contributed two arrangements to the project. Other arrangements or compositions have been featured on the Shari Lewis TV show, Disney’s 101 Dalmations Sing-along CD, and the Holland America Cruise line.

Currently on faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Michele taught previously at USC, CSU Long Beach, and the Phil Mattson School. As a highly sought-after teacher and clinician, Michele has been invited to teach in 23 countries to date and has delivered presentations for some of the world’s most prestigious music conferences including the World Choral Symposium, the IAJE and JEN Conferences, and the ACDA National Conference. Her educational book/CD sets, Vocal Improvisation (Advance Music), Jazz Singer’s Handbook (Alfred Publishing), and Jazz Piano Handbook (Alfred Publishing) are available internationally. In 2015 Michele's iOS app, ScatAbility was released; this is the first-ever app for scat singing practice!

Michele’s past tours as pianist and/or singer range from Ogalla, Nebraska to Carnegie Hall, South Korea with Patti Kim to Atlantic City with Bobby Vinton, and more. A former vocal member of the Grammy Nominated PM Singers (under the direction of Phil Mattson,) Michele also contributed arrangements to the group’s concert repertoire and recordings. Her duo CD as a vocalist with jazz guitarist Bruce Forman is titled, The Sound of Music. In her role as Music Supervisor for the DreamWorks film, Prince of Egypt, Michele journeyed 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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