Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) End Stage Fright
End Stage Fright
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2013611 - 01/12/13 07:00 PM Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day
trillingadventurer Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/28/08
Posts: 304
Loc: San Diego
Hi All,

I am going to be teaching a 6 week music enrichment course for grades K-4th beginning on Monday. I am going to issue them their own conn melody flute (like a recorder) to practice on. They will also be exposed to my digital piano, boomwhackers, djembe drum, cymbals, claves and a glockenspiel. I plan on exposing them to all different genres of music.

I have 12 students officially enrolled and their will be some walk ins as well. I have done this before and am very excited HOWEVER...

through poor planning on my part, the instruments are not going to arrive until TUESDAY. frown

But the first day is sure to be pretty chaotic anyway. We will be meeting outside first and then the principal will guide us all to the space I will get....I will have my digital piano with me.

I was thinking of taking advantage of this problem and using the first day to introduce some very basic musical concepts....without the distraction of all the instruments. I thought I might also use the time to discuss with them the importance of handling the instruments carefully and reminding them to bring their flutes back to class and how the class will only work if they practice....

Perhaps I can play "freeze dance" with them (to teach the concept of rests) and even let some place the piano if their are some more experienced kids in the class.

I might be able to use a white board to draw notes and play a games.

Any other suggestions?

Please don't shame me for not ordering the instruments in time. I have already beat myself up enough. smile
_________________________
M. Katchur

Top
(ad) My Music Staff
Check out the new way to manage your music studio
#2013618 - 01/12/13 07:13 PM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
Morodiene Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 10742
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
What about teaching them some of the songs they will learn on the instruments by singing them the first day? If there aren't words, maybe make up your own. I think this is a great approach anyways!
_________________________
private piano/voice teacher - full time
MTNA member
www.valeoconservatory.com
Petrof 9'2 Concert, Yamaha G3, Roland FP-7, Yamaha MOX6, Kawai MP11

Top
#2013623 - 01/12/13 07:19 PM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
musicpassion Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 784
Loc: California, USA
My teaching experience is focused in different areas than you are describing, but here are a few of my thoughts:

1) Don't look at the first class as a "throwaway". From your description I get the feeling that you are thinking of just filling time (maybe I'm wrong). Set some specific learning objectives, and the rest of my thoughts are specifics about what those learning objectives might be.

2)Learning objective: clap a rhythm together with accuracy. You could even use the rhythms from one of the first pieces you will be playing on the flutes. You could either draw the rhythm on the whiteboard or teach it by rote, depending on how you are planning to teach the flutes. Some systems use syllables and words to help with rhythms - it can be a good option with young kids.

3)Learning objective: define pitch and recognize pitches as higher or lower. You can use your digital piano to help with this. This would lead into their concept of correct fingerings once they have the flutes.

4)Learning objective: meaningful connection with music. Play a piece on your piano and have them draw on paper what the music makes them think about. You could even play contrasting pieces and see how their drawings differ.

5)Learning objective: describe and recognize different timbres. Use your variety of instruments to demonstrate different timbres and musical sounds. You could have a basic assignment where after talking about the different sounds, you have them listen you play an instrument and then either through group discussion or written assignment describe the timbre. This would require you giving them some basic vocab to describe timbre, such as warm sounding, bright sounding, etc.

Please don't be hard on yourself about your change of plans. Every education endeavor I've done requires some - even if sometimes very minor - changes along the way.

Let us know how it goes!
_________________________
Pianist and Piano Teacher

Top
#2013624 - 01/12/13 07:23 PM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: Morodiene]
musicpassion Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 784
Loc: California, USA
Originally Posted By: Morodiene
What about teaching them some of the songs they will learn on the instruments by singing them the first day? If there aren't words, maybe make up your own. I think this is a great approach anyways!


Yes I agree. Another good option - singing is a good, foundational activity for music learning. Just keep in mind their attention span is short at those ages.
_________________________
Pianist and Piano Teacher

Top
#2013629 - 01/12/13 07:33 PM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
trillingadventurer Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/28/08
Posts: 304
Loc: San Diego
I am starting to think this is actually a good idea to wait on the flutes anyway. Especially since I have no idea how many kids will be there...

I love the idea of exposing them to the pieces they will be learning. And singing of course.

Perhaps I can play a musical theory game using the white board....

Music Passion, wow...great suggestions! Thanks! Yes, it's not a "throw away" lesson. You are correct!


Edited by trillingadventurer (01/12/13 07:35 PM)
_________________________
M. Katchur

Top
#2013655 - 01/12/13 08:58 PM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
currawong Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 5834
Loc: Down Under
Are you going to be having 5 year-olds and 9 year-olds in the same class? There are lots of things to do with 9s that 5s wouldn't generally manage, and things you'd do with 5s that 9s might scorn.
_________________________
Du holde Kunst...

Top
#2013726 - 01/12/13 11:57 PM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
trillingadventurer Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/28/08
Posts: 304
Loc: San Diego
Yes, the mixed age group is going to be a new experience for me...another reason I am glad about issuing instruments the following week. I will get a good feeling for the group dynamic on day 1.
_________________________
M. Katchur

Top
#2013734 - 01/13/13 12:18 AM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
AZNpiano Online   sleepy
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/07/07
Posts: 5271
Loc: Orange County, CA
DON'T teach on the first day. That's the easiest mistake to make.

The first day is for you to introduce yourself, and for the kids to get to know each other. Find out what kind of music they like and what artists they listen to. It's also the day for you to set up a routine so you won't run into chaos later. Not that a class of 12 kids will be chaotic, but you never know. You might have 12 angels or 12 brats. It's common for these enrichment classes to be pull-out programs for the more advanced kids (i.e., bored out of their minds in their regular classes), so you should have a really good time.
_________________________
Private Piano Teacher and MTAC Member

Top
#2013750 - 01/13/13 01:06 AM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
trillingadventurer Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/28/08
Posts: 304
Loc: San Diego
This forum gives me such a piece of mind. You are all right. The first day is about setting the tone. Not diving into a bunch of chaotic activities right away. I struggle to sometimes keep things simple when I work with groups. This is a good reminder.
_________________________
M. Katchur

Top
#2014189 - 01/14/13 01:55 AM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
musicpassion Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 784
Loc: California, USA
Originally Posted By: trillingadventurer
I am starting to think this is actually a good idea to wait on the flutes anyway. Especially since I have no idea how many kids will be there...

I love the idea of exposing them to the pieces they will be learning. And singing of course.

Perhaps I can play a musical theory game using the white board....

Music Passion, wow...great suggestions! Thanks! Yes, it's not a "throw away" lesson. You are correct!


Thanks.

Some "getting to know you" is also a good idea. I agree with that.

However I think there should be teaching on the first day. For me as an educator, it helps build the routine and the expectations that we are going to be learning. Also, with a six week course you have a fairly limited amount of time with the students.

Best wishes!
_________________________
Pianist and Piano Teacher

Top
#2023391 - 01/29/13 11:14 AM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
trillingadventurer Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/28/08
Posts: 304
Loc: San Diego
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all your support. I had my first two classes and I am relieved to get those out of the way. One class has 10 kids with an age range of K-3. The other has 20 kids with an age range of K-7th grade. Tomorrow I will have the 20 kid group. And there will be a high school student there to help me.

I need to plan carefully and keep things moving quickly with both groups.
_________________________
M. Katchur

Top
#2023494 - 01/29/13 02:34 PM Re: Fun Music Class Suggestions for First Day [Re: trillingadventurer]
musicpassion Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 784
Loc: California, USA
Thanks for the update - I hope it continues to go well.
_________________________
Pianist and Piano Teacher

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Download & Print Sheet Music Instantly
sheet music search
sheet music search

sheet music search
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
129 registered (accordeur, Atrys, Arizona Sage, Almaviva, 34 invisible), 1478 Guests and 44 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
74206 Members
42 Forums
153513 Topics
2249587 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Insanity
by Polyphonist
04/16/14 11:55 PM
Yamaha P140 sluggish keys : how to fix?
by Bambell
04/16/14 11:52 PM
Cristina Perri - HUMAN piano cover
by SAO
04/16/14 11:12 PM
Valentina Lisitsa plays Michael Nyman!!
by ShiroKuro
04/16/14 10:17 PM
Chopin Op28 No 20
by Arizona Sage
04/16/14 10:12 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission