20 Ways To Use Flipgrid in Music Education


What is Flipgrid?

Flipgrid is a video platform that allows students to quickly and easily record a video response to a question or topic that you pose. Flipgrid is totally free to use and works on any device.

The step-by-step process is:

  1. Start by setting up your free Flipgrid account
  2. Create a grid (this is a broader category or project. It could even be one of your classes)
  3. Create a topic on your grid (ie. “Introduce yourself” or “Tell me your favourite performer and share one fact about them”) and add some instructions
  4. Once you’ve set up a topic, share the link with your students
  5. Students will visit your topic, look at the instructions and then record their video response

If you need more detailed instructions, take a look at the links in the “More Useful Links” section below.


20 Ways To Use Flipgrid

There a lots of ways that you could use Flipgrid in the music classroom. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Listening diary responses – describe the piece you listened to, one thing you liked and one thing you didn’t like
  2. Perform a rhythmic exercise
  3. Sing a song you’ve been working on
  4. 4-week transformation: students submit a video of the first time they play a piece and then another after 4 weeks of practice (the second video can submitted as a Reply/Comment on the first)
  5. Record a cover version or parody of a song
  6. Play a scale/drill
  7. Show us how to assemble and/or tune your instrument
  8. Teach someone how to record with a microphone
  9. Compare two versions of the same song
  10. Record a dance routine
  11. Perform the basic rock drum pattern using body percussion
  12. Submit a Recorder Karate piece for assessment
  13. Submit a Rainbow Ukulele piece for assessment
  14. Share a concert review
  15. Describe an orchestral instrument – how it makes sound, what it’s made of, which family it belongs to
  16. Describe a family of instruments – brass, woodwind, strings, percussion and so on
  17. Invite a guest to share some expert tips
  18. Ask students to share an expert tip (like a playing technique, a computer shortcut, or a time-saving activity)
  19. Create a musical #fliphunt (a video-based scavenger hunt)
  20. Share a “musical me” fact – your first concert experience, the song that gets you up dancing, your favourite artist, the instrument/s you play
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Flipgrid official resources

Tutorials on Youtube

Flipgrid ideas from teachers

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Hello! I’m Katie Wardrobe – an Australian music technology trainer and consultant with a passion for helping music teachers through my business Midnight Music.

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