Revised August 2015. For pedagogical context on solfège-to-video, you may wish to read “Video Solfège: Creepy, But Effective!” on this site. Another useful post for students is “How to Practice Melodic Dictation.”
Each week’s prepared singing must be submitted to D2L Dropbox for credit. Here is an overview of the procedure:
- Practice the melodies.
- Video-record yourself performing a melody.
- Upload the file to D2L Assignments in the corresponding folder.
- Repeat until all melodies due are submitted.
How to perform the melodies
- Announce the melody number and/or title. Your video should have no other introductory chatter.
- Orient in a key by playing a tonic pitch or series of chords on an instrument. Do not use the instrument to locate a non-tonic starting pitch (do this in your head).
- Conduct while singing.
- Each melody must be sung at an appropriate tempo, without stopping or restarting.
- You are welcome to start over and re-record a melody as many times as you like until it is fully polished; only one video per melody should be submitted, however.
How to record and submit the melodies
- To submit using the Kaltura plug-in in D2L:
- In your section of D2L, go to Dropbox and enter the appropriate melody’s submission folder.
- Under the Submit Files header, click Add a File and select a dummy file from your computer (it may be anything — it’s just a placeholder). Follow the prompts to Upload and Add it.
- After you return to the Submit Files page, click the Add Stuff icon (the leftmost button) in the Comments box.
- In the Insert Stuff window, select My Media, then choose the pull-down Add New > Webcam Recording. Authorize the use of your camera and microphone, then record your video and review it. You may Clear and re-record the melody as many times as you like until it is perfect. Click Next.
- Back on the Submit Files page, click Submit.
- Videos must be submitted before the class in which they are due. Late submissions will not be accepted.
- Besides Kaltura, other options are available for recording videos:
- If recording using Apple Photo Booth: Record the video, then export (File > Export) as a .mov file. Upload the video to the correct D2L Assignments folder via the Kaltura module.
- If recording using iPhone or iPad: Record the video and then upload the file directly from the device by logging in to D2L using your phone’s web browser, selecting the “desktop version” of the site and selecting the file from your photo library. NOTE: the auto-rotate feature on these devices may cause a video to play back upside down online unless you observe the following orientation rules:
- On an iPad, use the camera with the screen facing you and be sure the iPad button is on the LEFT.
- On an iPhone, use the camera with the screen facing you and be sure the iPad button is on the RIGHT.
- If using other recording tools, check with your instructor to make sure that your submission files are acceptable.
How performances are evaluated
- After the submission deadline, your professor will scan videos from each student to be sure they are being successfully received and can be viewed.
- At mid-term, the professor will spot-check two videos per student at random and assign a single grade for the pair. The professor will provide feedback to each student, including noting which videos were reviewed.
- At end-of-semester, the professor will spot-check two videos per student at random and assign a single grade for the pair. The professor will provide feedback to each student, including noting which videos were reviewed.
- Incomplete or non-functioning videos will earn a score of zero.