Teaching Music 101 – Classroom Management Tips for New Music Teachers

Teaching Music 101 – Classroom Management Tips for New Music Teachers

  This is a post from a few years ago and seemed timely as we approach the new school year. This post is intended for anyone who is a new teacher, but especially music teachers because I am a music teacher, so all of my advice comes from that perspective. Let me first tell you that although I have opinions I am no expert.  Like all educators, teaching is something I practice.  Now that I’m about to begin my 15th year of teaching I get it right more often that I used to but each victory that I’ve had in teaching has been a result a mound of personal reflection, refinement in my practice and most especially trial and error. Confession Time So there I was in my second week of teaching EVER.   Admittedly a little high from the glow of fake-out, friendly, zombie-perfect behavior that greeted me the entire first week of school. My first graders were lined up and silent under the scrutiny of their veteran teacher and looking at me with hopeful faces.  I smiled enthusiastically and said, “Come on in and make a sit down circle”.  Then without a worry I held open the door Imagine my SHOCK when they ran right past and NO ONE, not one student sat down in a sit down circle!   In fact, as each student hit the door they sort of scattered to the four winds.  At this point so early in the year, none of them were being particularly naughty, they were just placed in an intriguing environment and they wanted to explore.  For some that meant, crawling under all the chairs I had lined up.  For others that meant walking...
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