When it comes to classroom management, we should try to shift our focus to recognizing the positive behaviors in the music room. Instead of rewarding students with treats or prizes, reward students with something musically authentic that correlates to the curriculum.
Check out these great classroom management tips! Every classroom is different here are a few tips to get your school year started off successfully! You'll find free
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Teaching tempo is a tricky thing. The most effective way to teach tempo is by teaching songs with a variety of tempos. PreK - Grade 1 students learn to distinguish between fast and slow. From Grade 2 on, the Italian tempo terms are introduced, and we continue reviewing, reinforcing, and using a variety of tempos in the songs we teach. Listening to and identifying a variety of tempos are also fundamental to teaching tempo.
Beat and Rhythm are fundamental to the development of young musicians. We have many songs that focus on beat and rhythm in Musicplay. Almost all of these songs have an interactive beat and rhythm activity that is sequenced to teach beat and rhythm. Many of the songs also have a beat and rhythm worksheet package that follows the interactive beat and rhythm activity.
Denise has compiled a great list of songs for PreK - Grade 6 that focus on vocal development. Plenty of name games, welcome songs, and mixer games are sprinkled throughout Musicplay. The songs can be used as warmups and many can be used to assess solo singing.