Music Teachers have a very busy schedule. Possibly music teachers have the busiest life of all teachers
Of course, many would disagree with that statement. Maths, Science and History teachers of course work very hard and no-one would say they don’t work extremely hard to bring excellent lessons to their students.
Music Teachers however have to do a lot of extra duties that other teachers don‚Äôt have to – like running choir and orchestra programs, preparing student concerts, organizing instrumental programs and communicating with parents about practices and raising funds for instruments.
WIth all these activities consuming the teachers time, it is vital that they be extremely organized to make sure that their lessons are both fun for pupils and trouble free for themselves.
Here are a few ideas that can help music teachers every day
A planner. This simple thing can save you all sorts of problems from double scheduling events if it is well managed. It is so easy to double schedule school events with personal events, as most music teachers would well understand! You can use a modern Palm Computer or i Phone, or use the traditional paper diary for just a couple of bucks.
A consistent management plan for equipment. Even if you‚Äôre school has one old xylophone and a broken guitar with three of the strings missing it is vital that those two instruments have their place, and that your students come to appreciate that when in your classroom. When you are seeing hundreds of children every week and sometimes many hundreds of dollars worth of instruments it is vital that it is put away carefully. Make a plan, write it down and stick it on all the walls near the equipment. Being careful about this for a couple of weeks will make your life a lot less stressful in the long term!
Your very own blog – What if you could have a place on the internet where you place news for band members, music parts for practice and assessments so they can complete without you even being present? Its as easy as setting up a personal page on blogger or word press, and getting going. Just consider – if you put materials there that you ask students to access for additional work… once its completed this year you will never have to do it again!
Computer and Technology tools. The latest music software often has inbuilt assessment and worksheet creation tools, so you can create your own resources in minutes.
Ready Made Music Lesson plans accessing instant print worksheets and lesson plans from the internet can save you many hours preparation, and there are many great sources of material available now.
Teaching Music can be a very rewarding and enjoyable choice of career, and with the right tools it is even easier.