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Music Lesson Plans – Real life applications in the classroom

By Guest Author On April 17, 2011 Under Improve Your Life, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Success Secrets

Music lesson plans are a vital piece for music teachers. They are crucial for the success of the first lesson, the lessons for the whole course and the teacher as well.    

There is nothing like the old saying, “If you don’t prepare, then prepare to fail.” After you get some experience, then arranging music lesson plans wouldn’t be that hard.

For those who are just starting out, here are a few guidelines for creating compelling music lesson plans:

1.Think about the age group of the students you are teaching  

A nice way to begin when you prepare for music lesson plans is to think about the maturity of the kids. What do they love and shudder at? What kinds of music do they have in their playlists? What are the other social facets that can influence them? Were they at an age they feel diffident and shy in front of their friends?

These are the questions that you need to think about when writing lesson plans. That’s the reason off-the-rack music lesson plans don’t work. Music lesson plans have to be designed according to the needs of each student of a class. After a teacher gained some experiences, they should be able to adapt to the methods instantly, sorting out their music lesson plans and being able to fit in as they go. Yet, when you’re just a beginner, a good plan should be able to know the age group that you will teach and also knowing how you would be able to connect with them.

2. Always have more than you’ll need

Often you’ll prepare a lesson with (say) ten activities. Sometimes you get to finish  up yo the fifth one and school bell sounds for the end of the period. Another day, perhaps even with the same lesson and a different class you’ll get through all ten activities and there will still be another 15 minutes to go! You’re unsure and that’s why it’s always good to have a secondary plan. Have some spare copies of worksheets for preceding activities with you so that you can always make use of spare minutes.  

3.Include a mixture of activities

A lot of music lessons are somehow split up into set activities. The weekly lesson can tackle practical, theory, history and then aural. Quite often this is bound to happen because of some other issue or the span of the covered text, so it might be good to twist it around sometimes. If rooms won’t be a problem, you can spend half of the lesson in theory and then you can freely move to aural. It’ll be interesting for the students and keep them guessing.  

4.Start simple – simpler than you might think!

It’s always a good idea to have simpler music sheets behind some complex chart you will present. Such example for this is if you plan to introduce a new piece of music for student practice, you may want to decide for yourself if this will be hard for them. This happened to me most of the time and I learned that if I have prepared a much easier part for the kids, however small, they might be able to get excited with it. It’s not always a good choice to begin at the pinnacle! If you can begin to something you think that will be easy for them, you can comeback to the more difficult parts.    

5. Listen to feedback

Students will give you feedback – even if it is extremely subtle. Students (particularly teenagers) will never say “Mrs Jones I thought you did a brilliant job today, you gave us a lesson that was lots of fun and we learned heaps.” Perhaps you might have wished for them to say that – but many times its not part of reality! The pupils you’ll meet are those enthusiastic in their class and can share stories with you at some time. You might see kids putting up student bands ahead of their actual lessons. When this occurs, you’ll know you’re doing everything right in your music lesson plans.

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