Music Teachers have a stressful life. Of all teachers probably music teachers have the most work to do on a regular week by week basis.
Of course, many would disagree with that statement. Maths, Chemistry and English teachers of course work very hard and no-one would say they don’t work extremely hard to bring brilliant lessons to their students.
Teaching Music can be a very rewarding and enjoyable choice of career, and with the right tools it is even easier. Utilizing ready made Music Lesson Plans makes it much easier.
Music Teachers however have to do a lot of extra activities that other teachers don’t have to – like running concert band and ensemble programs, preparing student recitals, co-ordinating instrumental programs and talking with parents about rehearsals and fund raising for equipment.
WIth all these tasks consuming the teachers energy, it is vital that they be extremely organized to make sure that their music lessons are both fun for pupils and trouble free for themselves.
There are a few practical tools that can help music teachers
A diary. This simple thing can save you all sorts of embarrassment from double scheduling events if it is well managed. It is so easy to double schedule school events with personal events, as most teachers would well understand! You can use a modern Palm Computer or Mobile Phone, or use the old fashioned bound diary for just a few dollars.
A plan for the organization of equipment. Even if your music room has one battered old Recorder and a broken guitar with half the strings missing it is important that those two instruments have their place, and that your students come to appreciate that when in your classroom. When you are teaching lots of children every week and sometimes thousands of dollars worth of instruments it is vital that it is put away with respect. Make a plan, commit it to paper and stick it on all the walls near the equipment. Being careful about this for a few weeks will make your life a lot less stressful in the long term!
Your very own blog – What if you could have a website where you place news for your students, music parts for practice and tests so they can complete without you even being there? Its as simple as setting up a personal page on wordpress, and getting going. Just think – if you put resources there that you ask students to access for homework… once its done this teaching year you will never have to do it again!
Software tools. The latest software for music often has built in assessment and worksheet building tools, so you can write your own teaching materials in minutes.
Ready Made Lesson plans downloading ready made work sheets and lesson plans from the internet can save you lots of preparation, and there are many brilliant sources of material available now.