This is a link to the website of the National Center on Universal Design for Learning: http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl/3principles
I feel it is important to include the UDL in my philosophy for teaching because not all students learn the same way. There are three principles in UDL the first of which is to provide students with multiple means of learning. This principle demonstrates that in the way students learn differently, as teachers we must provide multiple ways for students to get to a common goal in learning. It is essential to provide students with options. This is described by the National Center on UDL as the “what” of learning. I see this every day with my music students. I adjust my teaching method for each student I teach, depending on what that student needs from me that day.
The second principle is to provide students with multiple means of action and expression. The “how” of learning. In this principle, students may differ in the way that they express what they have learned. Some students may be comfortable with speaking, while others need to use actions and some may need to write what they learn. Students will have different ways of showing us as teachers what they have learned and it is important to provide them with options in demonstration of what they have learned. For example, in music it is customary to give playing tests. As a teacher I can give my students a choice whether they prefer to play alone, in a group, in a recording or in front of me. There are many ways to see how a student has learned and what they have learned as well as many ways to assess this.
Finally principle three states to provide multiple means of engagement. The “why” of learning. Students will always be interested in what learning something will give them and they often need to know “why” they are doing something. While some students may love composing and improvising on their instruments, others may simply want to play what is on the page. It is important to know as a teacher, when to be spontaneous and when to play safe with certain students, while at the same time engaging all students equally and providing a means to an end.
This is a link to a video I filmed to remind flute students how to put together a flute and play their first notes. It does not replace individual attention or music lessons but will really help when a teacher does not have the time to give individual attention. I think that a video such as this for every instrument would be incredibly helpful in starting a band in a school. In using this video it can help students who need a little extra help which coincides with MELS Teaching Competency 7:To adapt his or her teaching to the needs and characteristics of students with learning disabilities, social maladjustments or handicaps. It also uses media in the deliverance of lessons which is Competency 8: To integrate information and communication technologies (ICT) in the preparation and delivery of teaching/learning activities and for instructional management and professional development purposes. As well it integrates Competency 1: To act as a professional inheritor, critic and interpreter of knowledge when teaching students.
The lesson on mediasmarts.ca entitled “The Function of Music” looks like a wonderful lesson for high school students to teach them how music influences societies and acts as a “mirror” or a symbol. I believe this lesson would be appropriate for students taking supplementary music classes or could used in a class on media literacy as all students are affected by music to some extent. The lesson would not be appropriate for elementary students due to the advanced nature of how the material is presented however I believe it is possible to adapt for younger students without too much modification as long as the students are old enough to understand what advertising is. (Grade 5-6 students). Instead of using the examples in the lesson plan, the teacher would find music in the media that children are familiar with for example, the music from “Frozen”, McDonald’s advertising music or music from nursery rhymes. I would remove the student presentations on a musical collage and instead ask students to get into groups find a recording of a song they enjoy, make a poster with images that the song represents and present their posters to the class, along with the recording of their chosen song. The class would then have a teacher facilitated discussion on the song and what it represents or says about what our society likes at this point in time.