One of the challenges when working with children is to try to see the world through their eyes. They are often inspired and stimulated by things that adults take for granted. If you can anticipate what a children will find irresistible, you will capture their imagination and attention. But how?
Whether you're developing an entire music curriculum or trying to figure out what to do in one class session, you need activities that are legitimately educational, engaging, and beneficial. At the same time, your material should be authentic, comfortable to deliver, and something you're looking forward to sharing with your students. How do you do this?
Imagine that you are trapped in a room with twenty children ranging in age from three to five. There is no escape and no relief - you've got to occupy them for the next thirty minutes. What do you do in this nightmare scenario?
Simple: you sing!
There are so many things to teach a music student: how to hold and care for the instrument. Technique. Music theory. Scales, arpeggios. Ear training. Memorization and performance preparation. Artistry. Appreciation. How to read music! It might take years before you can get off the ground with any of this stuff. How can you balance it all in a thirty minute lesson?
When you're teaching a music lesson, there are really just two goals - twin objectives that, properly balanced, allow you to take care of everything a student needs.
If you're just starting out as a teacher, you might be pounding the pavement putting up flyers in coffee shops, tweaking your Google ads, and listing yourself in various directories, all in hopes of finding new students. You may see some results from these strategies, but, true to the 80/20 rule, not all marketing methods are going to be equally effective. There is one source for new students that is far and away the best.