Tips in Music Teaching Help You Become a Real Mentor

March 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Posted in Music Teaching Tips | Leave a comment
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Most teachers dream to become a mentor, who simply inspires his students, enlightens their minds, touches their lives and develops themselves in a successful somebody someday. In here, you will learn some tips in music teaching to make yourself both personally and professionally happy and fulfilled. Here are the following points that you need to acquire and practice:

Knowledge

•    As a music teacher, you must have a thorough knowledge of the individual dispositions, needs and potentials of your students. Being aware of their students’ diverse socio-cultural heritages and having specific knowledge of the community to which each student belongs, you can gauge each student’s preferred learning style and capabilities in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains.

•    Broad, deep and critical understanding of your academic discipline and associated fields of knowledge are certainly important in music education. You must know the history of your subject and understand the nature of and reasons for curriculum change and relevant curriculum documents and courses of study.

It is a primary music teaching tip that music teachers are also confident and competent music practitioners who understand connections among the music itself, other subject areas and their role in the society.

Practice

•    Teachers create and maintain a challenging and enjoyable learning environment. Efficient music teachers arouse curiosity, challenge students’ thinking, and engage them actively in learning – initiating purposeful musical dialogue with and among students. As facilitators of learning, your teaching must promote, expect and support creative thinking, as well as musical risk-taking that involves strategic intervention and provision of appropriate assistance. This simply encourages and empowers students to be independent and critical learners.

Relationship and Values

•    Music teachers continue to learn and engage in reflective practice: analyzing, reviewing, and reflecting on their own and others’ practice. They focus on the knowledge and skills that students are expected to learn and are refining their teaching methods to improve students’ learning opportunities, and searching for answers to challenging pedagogical questions. Therefore, you must seek opportunities to discuss the effectiveness of their teaching with colleagues, students, parents, and many more.

•    Also, music teachers like you must demonstrate cultural respect – keeping themselves aware of some cultural issues such as appropriation and acknowledgement. Expert teachers of music actively look for opportunities to celebrate the cultural diversity of their students. So, you should recognize the importance of experiencing and understanding cultural traditions by performing and creating music in such style and manner – embracing their own culture.

•    All teachers are required to follow a code of conduct. As facilitators of music classes, you should uphold high professional ethics with regard to your own conduct and that of others in respecting collegial and students’ individual and ensemble efforts. You must act in an ethical manner at all times when dealing with your students, peers, colleagues, and members of the community – being aware of legal and ethical issues related to copyright and privacy, and adhere to these in your practice.

Music teachers must value music education as a shared enterprise – working closely with parents, guardians, and the wider community to acknowledge that teaching and learning music is really important to the society.

Now, with all these music teaching tips, I am so sure that you would be a real mentor to all your students. Keep on touching and changing lives through teaching music. Stay happy and fulfilled, dear teachers!

More doable and effective tips in music teaching can be read on this music teachers website.

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