How to Enjoy Teaching Music – Motivating You and Your Students

January 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Music Teaching Tips | 1 Comment

In teaching music, you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.  – Jacques Barzun

Teaching music can really be fun, rewarding and challenging. As most music teachers out there, like me, would tag it as both our profession and passion, we have committed ourselves to improving the quality of music education around the globe in different innovative ways. I believe that as most of us teach music, we see to it that we, together with our students, are always motivated and inspired in learning and understanding each music experience.

Self-motivation in teaching music can be rooted from so many things. A music teacher may get it from available innovations that can help him or her with lots of things – providing good and useful music teaching resources. With the kind of convenience and ease he or she may experience through these technologies, I am sure that he or she can enjoy teaching music at all times.

Coming up with creative and innovative music teaching strategies may also motivate students. As they would surely enjoy learning, understanding and loving music to the fullest – getting more and more excited and interested each music class or tutorial lesson. Whenever music teachers like us see our students interested, overwhelmed, involved and enthusiastic in every classroom activity we have, we feel more motivated and inspired to continue the things that we do.

Music programs and activities have to be new, creative, exciting and innovative to get the students’ attention, interest and active participation. Integrating the use of technology in their daily music lessons can be a great start. Since our students of today’s generation are more exposed in a wide array of technologies like the use of internet, social networking site and other programs or applications over the net, they would surely enjoy your innovative strategies of teaching them music.

Loving what you do is still the best key to music teaching success and fulfillment. Showing your students that you care for them and you value them a lot can be a very good motivating factor. Simple means of appreciation and recognition to a job well done are great ways to make them feel motivated and inspired. Tapping one’ shoulders, saying words of encouragement, sending them little rewards like small items and other novelties of their interests, and giving them some incentives or extra points. When they see that you do these things habitually, they would surely take advantage of each incentive and feel excited, cooperative and attentive at all times.

With all these simple yet significant tips in teaching music, I believe that they would remember us as their mentors – going beyond their mere music teachers. Great people in the academe who have helped them become better individuals and have inspired them to bring out the best in them at all times.

When they have established a “name” among themselves in the areas they have chosen someday and you see them successful and happy, I am sure that it would give you more feelings of happiness, success and fulfillment. True, it could be one of the most rewarding experiences we, music teachers, can ever feel. And nothing can ever repay you with such or substitute those accomplishments.

So, let’s continue to love, enjoy and embrace what we do as teaching music can indeed be our motivation and inspiration to achieve both our personal and professional goals. Happy teaching!

Teaching music can be more effective and convenient with this software for music teachers. – Earl Marsden

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  1. Amen. Loving what you do communicates the passion of what you do and feel. Music is a very passionate language. It is often learned technically, but it is always expressed emotionally.

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