Teaching music is vital for every student’s progress for it empowers our creative side. This makes us well-rounded persons. However, it does not gain as much interest from students as other subjects do. Music, for some, is just another part of the curriculum, or an icebreaker from their tedious academic load.
Nonetheless, the music teacher can make this subject more interesting and a lot of fun. This could actually be a venue for students to harness a talent or even discover a pursuit that some have never realized. Thus, the key here is to draw enthusiasm from students towards music.
For instance, the seemingly boring topic on musical theories finds an ally in interactive programs, mostly through computers. There are online and downloadable activities available wherein students can learn and adopt in more enjoyable and interesting ways, such as in the forms of quizzes, activities or games. At the same breath, teachers will be able to assess their students’ learning.
But the fun comes when these theories are put into action! It appears that one of the best ways to attract students’ interest in music is by teaching them skills in playing music. The ability to play musical instruments, or even the process of learning them, allows the students to be directly involved in music.
Of course, music teaching styles differ for every educational level. But suffice it to say that it goes from simple to more complex as students advance. This will depend on their interests and priorities at that stage.
Younger children would probably appreciate encompassing music to children’s literature. Youngsters learn their first music usually through nursery rhymes. Incorporating movements with music would possibly prick their interests by playing games with musical accompaniments or while singing game songs.
For older students, they may be trained to play more complex musical instruments. They may also be introduced to interactive activities online, since they are more mature to practice responsible access of internet resources.
Older students can also be introduced to more complicated musical concepts. Teachers can impart them via lectures or sample music or songs that relate or exemplify some definite and certain principles. Self-confidence can also be fostered by asking students to partake in musical activities or performances that showcase their talents.
Furthermore, students, both young and old, can be encouraged to make their own musical compositions. It will enable them to have an almost “concrete” grasp on music, both how it works and how they can make it work for them.
A basically new and critical strategy for music teachers is tapping technologies. Technological advances in making music, listening to music, and even sharing music must be exploited by music educators. A wide array of computer software, being mostly interactive, entails students’ full attention, and promotes both rational and creative thinking among them.
Resources for music teachers are abundant. They can be found both inside and outside the classrooms, and even in virtual reality. What is crucial is that music teachers actually tap these varied resources, to put color and vibrancy to music teaching… and learning!