Eight Important Tips For Childrens Music Teachers | The Tuneables
- Music skills are developed from active participation and repetition. Create focsed music learning opportunities every day.
- Children learn music skills through modeling. Make sure music models are correct. (ie Singing in Tune, Accurate Rhythms)
- If you are not the best model for music skills make sure to utilize good recordings, instruments and live performances to provide alternate sources for your students to follow.
- The first step in developing a foundation of music understanding is developing an ear for tonal and rhythm patterns. Since children first pick up on visual relationships, make sure not to let your students “cheat” with color-coded instruments such as keyboards, bells or computer apps.
- Keep the singing key in a comfortable range for your students. Singing too high or too low makes it difficult for a child to accurately sing in tune. We recommend the key of D.
- Choose movements easily made by your students when performing rhythm skills. Lap patting and marching are good places to start. Clapping is actually more difficult for children to keep a steady beat so should be considered an advanced movement.
- Hone a child’s listening skills by playing music and identifying particular elements in the song. For example, listening for the change in sections or for a particular instrument sound.
- Remember music is all ready a fun activity for any child. Providing focused activities that translates into successful performance opportunities will only enhance their interest and lead to further exploration.