My students come to music class ready to learn, move, sing, play, and have fun. I love their enthusiasm and their willingness to try new things. I am also amazed at the growth I see in them, as they learn multiple songs, dances, rhythm patterns, and instrument skills.
I love when they say that a song I've taught them has gotten stuck in their heads.
That tells me I've done my job!
I'm a full-time music specialist, teaching 45 classes from Kindergarten through 6th grade, at two elementary schools. My goal is to tailor my lessons to the capabilities of each age group, challenging them with new information each time, as well as with opportunities to apply their knowledge. I start with the voice, then move on to rhythm instruments, and in 4th grade, the recorder.
Many of my colleagues have been very enthusiastic about using community drumming during music class. Having two large drums would allow multiple students to drum at the same time, and would be used to practice rhythm reading, math facts, and even the skill of taking turns.
When teaching my students about rhythm, I want them to be able to see it, hear it, and feel it.
In addition to teaching them body percussion, which uses clapping, patting, snapping, etc., I teach the upper graders to play the (plastic) spoons. I'd love to add two nice wood sets to my instrument collection.
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