Linking the violin to other parts of the students life
Two of my violin students are in the fifth grade. I’m looking to try to link their favorite academic classes to the violin. As you are a professional teachers/musicians do you know of any books, articles, resources that link music to Reading and/or Science at the fifth-grade level? I’m trying to make music a part of their larger world and one is an avid reader/writer and the other loves science.
Being child-free I am not aware of what might be available in the larger universe. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.
This looks interesting. Suggested age range 9-12. Not sure it mentions that he played the violin however but you could pair it with the article below the first link.
When I was young I was given books with biographies of composers and I recall those were my favorites.
Perhaps a book on the physiology of hearing - the ear and how the brain reacts? I could not find one specifically on the ear for children but there area few on the physiology of the human body that have an ear chapter.
Hrm. That's a tough age. Too old for the numerous picture books that are targeted at a somewhat younger (say 2nd to 4th grade) crowd, but not yet at an adult reading level.
Contrary view - while I might for example suggest linking violin playing with acoustics, I feel from my own experience that that sort of association doesn't make music a bigger part, but rather acoustics and whatever else might be associated with that.
"Toes" by Tor Seidler is about a cat who lives in a basement with a struggling professional violinist. Ages 8+
Three fiction books are on my list that aren't illustrated and might be good for late elementary or middle. I'm not really sure either about reading level but for example, the other titles are plentiful in pictures. They are related to violin only in that the main characters are musicians:
I suggest books about inspiration and struggle for young people. Yes, books dealing directly with violins are great, however, I'd add books that deal with overcoming difficulties and books that inspire imagination, With that in mind, I recommend three books -
Thank you everyone!
I'd be curious what folks have on their lists for a slightly younger crowd -- call it fluent early readers, with bigger print and possibly illustrated to some degree. (Call it more 3rd grade reading level.)
We live in a society that is highly organized, and one in which various endeavors are differentiated. From an early age children have their day ordered into time at day care, play dates, etc. Think about that. Even play is planned. It is not spontaneous. It’s place, and even who we play with is ordered. Certain behavior and thought is demanded. There is all too little time to explore, as the various organizational and classifications are blinding.
These are for younger age / earlier developmental level than the aforementioned fiction novels:
Make them listen to music and enjoy classes. They will naturally make music a part of their life if they like it. At that age I took piano classes. And there was a teacher who explained and made us listen to some important work of music before our class started. It made me naturally love classical music and be inclined towards it as one of the funniest things I could do.
I try to tell my students that the learning process on the violin is a lot like learning other things. Breaking things down into manageable chunks, repetition, being relaxed, observing the mind and how it throws up as obstacles, applying yourself every day, mental attitude, becoming interested in the learning process itself, learning from mistakes, being creative - so many things...