Teaching Music on Its Three Different Perspectives

July 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Music Teacher Profession | 2 Comments

It is not easy for one to teach music because it requires both knowledge and skill to be highly efficient in this particular job. Over the years, education professionals and experts continue to search for strategies on how they can take teaching music to a much higher level. A lot of factors play a role in this subject. Children, for example, will not always be interested in what you will teach them since all they want to do is play and do things on their own. Adults, on the other hand, may not be as cooperative as you expect them to be. There may be hurdles in teaching someone how to understand music, play a musical instrument and the likes. But what matter the most is the fact that there are various strategies in this peculiar task-all of which will be discussed in this post.

The teacher. Teaching music is both a profession and passion for some educators. It is challenging yet rewarding. The teacher should not stop learning new things about music especially that new innovations are available for use. The teacher must be highly motivated to impart his or her knowledge to the students inasmuch as he or she must possess a lot of patience. Set a goal and stick to it. Teaching materials such as flashcards, recorders, and listening resource kits would be of great help in capturing one’s attention. Start with the basics and always go back to it.

The student. Take into account the learner’s age, interest, fundamentals when it comes to music-how much he or she knows about what you will teach, and of course, motivation. These things are highly essential if you want your student to really learn and be able to execute the things you will teach them. Make them like what you teach. Have them practice as much as they can. Have them repeat the beats since repetition is what music is made of. Creative music programs will get their interest and will spare them from boredom. It is always best to have active participation during classes. Do not forget to acknowledge, praise, and reward them for their job well done. Through this, they will take advantage of the extra points you give which will help them be attentive and cooperative. Plus, making them feel their efforts are appreciated will motivate them to do better each time.

The Harmony. Combining the student’s and the teacher’s efforts will surely create a harmonious working relationship. The harmony marks that the goal has been met. Once the teacher showed that he or she cares for the student and the student’s progress, it will start to create harmony among themselves which will make learning music fun and effective. Harmony will bring the best out of the students and will push them to the limits of what they can do. There will be no more barriers to acquiring music knowledge and skills. There will only be more love and passion for sounds, notes, and melodies.

Teaching music generally requires love for what one does. Remember, you are not mere music teachers. You are mentors who have once touched people’s lives and have helped them become better persons that they can be.

Teaching music with this software for music teachers can save you time and efforts. – Earl Marsden

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  1. Getting the student’s motivation is critical, in my opinion. When I get new violin or fiddle students, I like to get an answer to “What is your goal for learning to play violin, or fiddle?”

  2. Nicely written perspective. Too often teachers lose their passion or rely heavily on methods and materials that were used when they began the learning process years ago. I might add that one should never put music (or musical results for that matter) ahead of any student/person. There has never been a note written or played that’s more important than a human being.

    I recommend using the Kore Series curriculum at http://www.discoverlearnandplay.com. The learning process helps keep progress through musical concepts on track and it’s available for 39 instruments, including voice!

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