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. You have outlined and implemented routines, established expectations and reinforced them, and have distributed all the instruments.
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. Here are some basic tips for setting up new cellists and bassists for success and for refreshing the skills of returning students.
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.