While waiting for the return to live performances, Westminster Choir College of Rider University has established a Virtual Concert Hall featuring performances and broadcasts by its ensembles and faculty.
It also includes a series of Lesson Plans focusing on individual concerts in Westminster's Virtual Concert. Each plan is suitable for remote instruction and is appropriate for middle or high school choral ensembles. The lessons focus on the artistic processes of creating, performing, responding and connecting to music, and most can be taught synchronously or asynchronously. Developed by recent Westminster Choir College graduates and faculty, each lesson within the unit provides national standards, objectives, essential questions, and assessment strategies.
Westminster invites teachers to utilize the entire lessons as written or to use them as inspiration. Each piece of music sends an uplifting message for students working in isolation.
All lessons are based in:
- Connecting to music that students may already know and to their life experiences.
- Discovering and creating meaning in partnership with other students and the teacher.
- Open-ended learning through discussion and creative problem-solving.