SMART Piano Studio Courseware

Centre for Instructional Technology’s edtech team teamed up with Prof Thomas Hecht (Head of Keyboard Studies at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music) to develop his SMART Piano Studio Courseware. Prof Hecht envisioned improving his teaching delivery by embracing technology and over the past few years, he started organising and streamlining his teaching concepts. Prof Hecht wanted a visual of all the key concepts for his students from Keyboard Studies at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music during 1-to-1 studio piano teaching. There are about 8 students per cohort and the students are required to know the concepts before the class and throughout the semester as they practice their playing.

CIT’s edtech staff met Prof Thomas Hecht in February 2018 to understand his requirements. Previously Prof Hecht used a PowerPoint file, but navigation was difficult. The key concepts needed to be organised for easy navigation with menus, so that he can point and click on any concept anytime during the class as a recap. CIT’s Wiki platform was recommended to create “Electronic Flashcards”.

SMART Piano Studio Courseware achieved this by creating image icons that look like apps and adding links on the images to point to information on the page tree if need be. The main page is displayed with all the conceptual “apps” which are grouped by major categories with different colours. Some of them are “cosmetic” apps and symbols which do not require links. Wiki.nus allows him to restrict access of his proprietary teaching materials, yet with the flexibility of accessing from any browser with internet access.

CIT completed the project successfully by June 2018. Prof Hecht tested it this current semester in every class and has received positive feedback. Prof Hecht views the SMART Piano Studio as a great pedagogy tool for his teaching as this projected display facilitates students’ visualisation of surrounding concepts during practise  sessions.

CIT staff were invited on 9th Oct 2018 to Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music for the launch of his SMART Piano Studio. Prof Hecht expressed his appreciation and CIT’s contributions was recognised.

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