Listening. Playing. Reading. Creating. For anyone about to teach music of any curricula, these words all pose many questions and unknowns looking more academic than practical making it all way too hard. For many teachers it all just sounds way too confusing, stopping them from even starting in the first place.
With National standardized government testing taking a leading focus in school time, music is still expected to be a curricula need, however it often doesn’t get the time it deserves to be done well. Recent media reports suggest that music is as a luxury, where only students who can afford to get lessons do so outside of school hours.
Like many other educators and as a music specialist myself, I’ve devoted much of my time teaching and writing materials for music over these past two decades. Sometimes these answers haven’t always been clear, so I decided to dig deeper. I found to learn the best strategies, I needed to find the best educators in the world and learn from them. Also, by talking to thousands of active music teachers daily and researching in detail as many major curricula based across the world, these findings led me to better understand some of the core underlying principles that shape our curricula and teaching today.
And that’s what my video blog is all about. It’s all about how to teach music in a relevant, inspiring way which feels natural and relevant to today’s kids without being too academic or “heavy” is why it shapes the core of our Fun Music Co philosophy.
If you or somebody you know faces challenges with teaching music then this video is a must watch.
Even if you’re not, this perspective on the underlying philosophy is important to hear. Especially because in our community, this isn’t often talked about or understood.
In this video you will learn:
- How there is no “special” age for general music to be taught and how it can be taught from ANY age appropriately.
- How to best use music notation in the classroom
- How you can make music learning a beautiful experience for your children which nurtures rather than teaches encouraging good behaviour in your children right from the get-go
- How you promote great questioning and a love for learning through music, even from early ages.
Now, I would love to hear from you.
What’s the single biggest insight you’re taking from this discussion? Do you have a specific deepening or growth experience you’ve realised as you’ve taught or researched about music yourself?
Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Many incredible teachers come here every week for insight and inspiration and your story may help someone else spark a meaningful realisation or breakthrough.
Leave your comment below and let us know.
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Wishing you well always and with much love,