My Learning Project Part II – Youtube Videos 

UPDATE: I sold my MicroKorg last week. I also ended up getting my MPK Mini in the mail! It’s still just a MIDI Controller, though, and is mainly useful for simple chords on a hip hop track I’m cooking up. It’s nice, but I want a real piano.

Currently looking to buy 88 weighted keys. I’ll keep you posted.

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I began conducting research for my Learning Project by turning to Youtube. I found that the place to start for me was with basic theory; specifically, I wanted to better understand something called the Circle of Fifths. 

A YouTuber named Michael New has several great videos on this topic.

I found that his setup was best for my style of learning, as he uses a whiteboard and coloured markers to make sense of complex ideas. I’m a visual learner, so color-coding stuff is like breathing for me. 

Michael has one overhead camera facing the whiteboard from the top -down, and another camera facing himself. I like that I can see his friendly face and his hand movements in the corner of each of his videos. This and his level, calm voice make the act of learning about complicated concepts a lot less intimidating. Michael avoids using needlessly long words when he teaches, and when he does arrive at an important term, he makes sure to stop and explain it in simple detail. My lightbulbs went on especially quickly when watching the video “The Circle of Fifths – How to Actually Use It.” Just that title alone made me feel relief, because I knew that the content I was about to get into would be easy to follow and practical.

A link to the video I used is below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1aJ6HixSe0

Now that I think about it, “easy to follow and practical” is probably what online learners are most looking for. Combine that with the repeatability of video, and I think Youtube is easily one of the best sources for learning a skill.

Regarding my learning, I was able to not only refresh myself on the makeup of the Circle of Fifths, but I was able to learn new ways to use it. For example, I learned that because each note on the circle represents a fifth interval, and because fifths are the frameworks for chords, I can use the circle of fifths to determine which chords belong in a key, simply by remembering where each note sits on the circle. 

It’s complicated, but I guess that means that Youtube’s working for me! It’s also helping as a supplement to the actual Zoom Call lessons I have each Wednesday afternoon. I think online supplementary learning could work really well in a classroom setting, where the teacher is able to provide the students with additional resources like videos, podcasts, or articles related to a project or assignment. To create incentive, I would give extra marks or perhaps an extra rubric category specifically for evidence of suplementary learning or use of additional resources. 

Anyways, that’s all I have to say on the topic. I’ll be back next week with another update!

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