Are you teaching grade 3 music lessons? This article gives you an overview of a typical grade 3 music lesson plan, and shows you how you can implement it, no matter how much experience you have teaching music!
What you need to teach Grade 3 Music Lessons
You don’t need massive amounts of musical skill for teaching a grade 3 music lesson, and you don’t need hours of specialized training or conferences. However you do need one thing!
Organization is the most important skill that you need if you want to teach music to grade 3.
Maybe you have the best ideas in the world but if you don’t have them ready, you’ll be over run with poor behavior. Activities need to be easy for your children to understand, and they need to sound good from the start.
What are grade 3s like?
Children in year 3 are still quite young and they are gregarious and full of unbounded enthusiasm! According to the Northeast Foundation for Children at grade 3 their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill are improving, they are easygoing, open to learning and ready to be challenged! *(1)
*1 Northeast Foundation for Children , Inc (2011). Know Where Students Are developmentally. [online] Available at: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/ET3intro.pdf.
Year 3s also have a downside: they have varying attention spans of between 8-30 minutes.
Grade three students may say phrases such as “I can do anything”, until they actually try it! They may find music challenging and can give up, feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.
How can you cater for the diverse needs of a grade 3 class, yet fulfill the requirements of your curriculum and have fun, impactful music lessons every week?
You just need a consistent framework for your classes, so that the children will know what to expect and can come to music class with the certainty to know that they will have fun and enjoy their experience of music.
Here are 3 key core components to give a framework for every grade 3 music lessons: