Classroom lessons

Edited: March 5, 2019, 5:27 AM · Morning guys,
How would you all make classroom music lessons approachable and engaging kids for secondary school age (11-16 approx)?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Replies (8)

March 5, 2019, 6:31 AM · You're not teaching accounting or say Canadian history. Pick good music and raise your students' ability to play it, and the engagement will take care of itself.
Edited: March 5, 2019, 6:36 AM · Teach them ukulele. Four chords and they can play half of pop music. It's enjoyable, lets you teach them about scales and chords, and still easy.
Edited: March 5, 2019, 6:57 AM · I don't quite understand the question. Are you teaching secondary school kids or preparing them for secondary school?

My recollection is that in primary school I gate-crashed a xylophone ensemble. I played the recorder very badly.

In the first year of secondary school we sing-songed stuff like Mrs Hooligans' Christmas cake communally or took up an instrument individually and more seriously. I was shunted from trombone to French horn to bassoon and finally to oboe by the time I was 13.
I remember general purpose music lessons as being very dreary. Non musicians got bad reports; good musicians got good reports even if we slept through the lessons!

March 5, 2019, 7:05 AM · I'm with Susan. Teach Uke.
March 5, 2019, 7:13 AM · Uke seems to be the preferred instrument nowadays. Recorder used to be.
Recorders are still the cheaper instrument, but are less cool.
March 5, 2019, 3:43 PM · You can't play chords on a recorder. Recorders touch your mouth. You can't sing along while you play the recorder.

Conclusion: Ukelele >> Recorder

Edited: March 5, 2019, 5:03 PM · I taught students blues harp. Very affordable, once they learn the scale, they can play any song.

You may also consider hand bell/chimes. There are many pop play along in YouTube. One person one bell, easy and fun.

March 5, 2019, 10:25 PM · I'm not teaching anyone aha. I hear/see people discussing about children not being into classical music. Secondary school is a bit old I know to expose them to it, but it willl help enourmously


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