Oh, October. A month of seasonal shifts, and the inevitable tidal wave of colds and other viruses. It is also a wonderful time as so many fantastic ingredients have already formed the foundation of your music class.
The beginning of the school year is a time full of many new things: new teachers, classes, friends, and even schools. For music students, it can also be a time of dusting off the instrument, or learning new skills for the first time.
Note reading is a skill that is introduced and reinforced in a variety of ways in a music classroom. I follow a progression adapted from various methods and experiences, but the introduction to reading music and playing as an ensemble varies with the group of students.
I will forever remember the first elementary school violin class I taught as a student teacher just five months ago. As I stood in front of 30 tiny people and their even smaller instruments, it took all the strength I had to make it through the 45-minute lesson without passing out.