The only way I had to get through was to work hard. Really hard! I worked incredibly long days planning, and within two years of this routine I was totally burned out.
I knew there had to be a better way, because I knew that the things that made the difference was not the lesson plans or the worksheets, but the freedom that I had when I had the lesson plans handled, so that I could focus on the children. I really hoped to make a difference for these children – I could see the potential if I could just spend time focusing on them and communicating with them, but I was stuck working really hard to just create the resources.
Thats when I had the vision of the Fun Music Company…. way back then! nearly 30 years ago! I’d never even heard of the internet at that time but I saw the vision back then of a place full of teaching resources that would be so complete and have all the bits and pieces required for the teaching would be just handled, so that I could focus on the students.
Of course it took me a great many years of teaching in all different situations from preschool, primary and high school to realize that the actual creation of that is a lot more difficult, but I held that passion in my mind from that very first day teaching in the outback of South Australia.
You see over the last five years in particular I’ve made it my mission here at the Fun Music Company to really understand curriculum and how it relates to our subject of music, and how to get this handled for teachers.
And our breakthrough moment really came when we looked at every single curriculum in the world, and found that there are four broad terms – or strictly speaking four categories of activity in music lessons which represent the essence of every statement in the curriculum. So that is our four-UNIT system – it is taking everything in the curriculum and bringing it down to simple, actionable steps that are clear and understandable, by us as teachers, and by our students.