How Do I Teach Music If I'm Not a Musician?

I was very fortunate to have a chat recently with Pete & Corinne from The Musical Me on their podcast, “The Primary Music Show.”

Highlights from “How Do I Teach Music If I’m Not a Musician?”

Using Music

There are many ways to use music. Here are some of my favourites:

  • Brain Breaks
  • Movement
  • Transitions
  • Memory Aid
  • Calming
  • Focus
  • Categories

Click here to get the Behaviour Freebie I mentioned in this episode.

Engaging with Music

  • YouTube
  • Songs
  • Whole group singing

NYCOS

Kaboom Percussion

Crescendo Music Resources

Play-Alongs

  • Songs with Australian flavour – Living in Australia
  • Crescendo Rhythm Play-Alongs are featured on my YouTube Channel HERE
    • There is a little trick to slow down the video in the settings wheel on the bottom right-hand corner.
  • Musication

Exposing Students to Different Styles

Some things I like to think about/show/discuss with my students:

  • Live performances
    • YouTube Videos are great for this!
  • Contact/Invite in Parents who can sing or play
  • What cultures are represented in your classroom?
  • Story books – e.g. Drum Dream Girl
    • Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.

Tips for a non-musician

  • Please just do it. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
  • Have fun.
  • Repetition – kids love to do things over and over!
  • Use children as models for singing if you don’t feel confident singing yourself.
  • Improve your skills, give it a go
  • Find a friend who can help
  • Use quality resources

As Zoltan Kodály said:

Find Kodály quotes on my Pinterest board here

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