Using a PowerPoint Presentation in an Instrumental Lesson

Using a PowerPoint Presentation in an Instrumental lesson

Ben Green
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Kennett Consolidated School District

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Instructional Software






1. Computer 2. Projector 3.PowerPoint Software


15min Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students will have knowledge and skills on their instruments.

NAfME standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME standard of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME standard of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Teacher must prepare the PowerPoint presentation before the lesson. Other software programs should be used to enhance the presentation.


1. Students will have visual and aural materials to enhance their learning experience. 2. Teacher will be able to use the PowerPoint presentation as a teaching tool. This will allow the teacher’s focus to be on evaluating and assessing the students’ performances.


Teacher will prepare a PowerPoint presentation and use it as part of their instrumental lesson. The Presentation can include: 1. Audio files of scales, songs, and other musical examples such as real live or recorded performances so the students can play along with the examples. * The teacher can use programs such as Garage Band, Acid, Frooty Loops, Digital Performer, Logic, Reason, QBase, Cake Walk, Protools. These programs will allow the teacher to create musical examples. * With a simple program like itunes (free download) the teacher can put recorded examples of music it the presentation. With this, the students can play along with anything from Beethoven to Beyonce. 2. Notation. Teacher can put written examples into the presentation. Using programs like Finale and Sibelius, the teacher can import notation files so the students can read the notes and hear them at the same ti:me. 3. Movies. The teacher can use programs like imovie to import movies. The teacher can also search the internet for appropriate movies (.mov files). These movies can be used to demonstrate techniques, posture and performance practices. Because students enjoy movies, this can also be used as a motivator and captivator. 4. Text. Teacher may include text to help provide necessary and helpful information.


PowerPoint is a powerful teaching tool. Instead of using it solely for text as a presentation, it can be used as a place to collect many different types of multimedia data. Entire or partial lesson plans can be created that use a variety of learning techniques. With the computer playing examples, instead of the teacher, more freedom is given to the teacher to assess students. The teacher should be able to judge the students, reactions and progress through the lessons to evaluate the effectiveness of this teaching tool.

Follow Up:

This idea may be used sequentially through the students’ and teacher’s careers. PowerPoint may be used in similar ways for the general music class as well.

Items to Purchase:

PowerPoint is part of the Microsoft Office Package.

When budget should be submitted:


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