Are you a preschool teacher who fully understands the many benefits of early childhood music education for their students? You would love to create amazing, interactive music times with your students, so what don’t you?
• “I’m not a musician” you say. You lack the experience and skill set to implement a quality music program in the classroom?
• You don’t have access to a quality interactive and engaging, fun and enriching curriculum to use in your classroom?
• The challenges of managing your group while they move and interact with music seem overwhelming?
Now, You Can Teach Preschool Music!
These are some of the main reasons that more preschool teachers never get around to bringing a real music element to their curriculum. You may have some fun children’s music CDs that you put on from time to time for the children to move to and you may have a basket of shakers on a shelf that the children have access to if they wish, but you don’t hold regular music times with specific enrichment goals because that just seems too hard.
If you’re not bringing a regular music element and to your classroom then you’re depriving your students of the many benefits of early childhood music education.
What are the benefits?
Children who engage and musical activity in early childhood will see improvements in:
Understanding of Spatial Relationships
Ability to focus on other subjects
and many many more.
Everyone agrees that music is important for children. It’s worth a little time and effort so let’s break it down into some easy steps.
Attitude is Everything! When you approach music time with your students with an excited and engaged attitude, showing them that you are 100% invested and what you’re presenting they will respond by being engaged as well. Keep the flow brisk. Once you start presenting the music time, avoid pausing in between songs and activities. Don’t interrupt the flow. Move from song to song and activity to activity without leaving dead space in between. Always have something going on to keep their attention. This will solve 90% of your class management challenges.
Introduce the Songs Before you begin each song or musical activity, give a brief introduction that let’s the children know what they will be doing. Example: “In this song we will be moving our bodies like some different kinds of animals.”
Class management challenges seem too great. My favorite tool for preschool music time class management is the “Invisible Bubble”. Before we begin a song that involves the children move in the group together, I ask them to put on their invisible bubble. I say “That means that your body won’t bump your friends body.” Then, if I notice the children bumping, I remind them about their Invisible Bubble. That simple tool is very effective or class management.
Now you’re ready to get started.
You’re going to love the response you’ll get from your students, and the parents are going to love it too when their students come home singing the songs that they learned in music time.
Have questions about how to get started? I would love to hear from you! Feel free to drop me an email. I’m always ready to talk about early childhood music education.
Great Preschool Music: You don’t have to be a musician to bring music to your students. Luckily, resources exist that will provide you with everything you need. PlayMotion Music is a complete program designed for non musician teachers, and you can try it for free. Click Here