There are three vital elements that you must have when you learn how to teach preschool music. Armed with these three tools, you will be able to achieve feats that will appear almost magical to the average teacher. You will be able to take a group of 20 or 30 three year olds and keep them fully engaged for an entire 30 minute music group. Your students will love you and teachers, parents and school directors will be amazed.
The Three Magical Tools That You Must Use When You Learn How To Teach Preschool Music
1. Energy / Enthusiasm
The best curriculum in the world will do you no good if it’s presented half hardly. Your body language, facial expression and vocal inflection must broadcast every and enthusiasm. You must be fully engaged in what you are presenting to the group and you must maintain that energy for the entire group time. I call this being ‘The Shiniest Object in the Room’. If you and what you are presenting is the most interesting thing that the children can see and hear, then they will stay engaged. It’s that simple.
You will lose the attention of the group when you break the flow of activity. If you pause between songs, even for a second, the children’s attention will start to wander. Before starting your music group you must have more that enough material for the allotted time and you must know the material well enough to be able to present it in a a continuous flow. One activity should be starting as the next one is ending so there is no break. Have something going on all the time.
Here’s a special advanced tip:
When you are passing out or collecting instruments, have a call and response song going so that you are singing and the children are echoing you during this potential ‘dead’ time.
3. Curriculum is King
In order to teach effective, engaging and enriching preschool music groups, you have to have the right curriculum. The old standards like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Itsy Bity Spider wont cut it. The curriculum you present must be tried and tested in preschool classrooms with actual children to assess its effectiveness. It must be honed over years of trial and error so that it is refined down to the elements that make it fun and engaging for young children.
You could start right now and spend the next 10 or 20 years creating your own early childhood music curriculum, or you can use something that has already been created through decades of work in preschool classrooms. The program I’m referring to is PlayMotion Music. You can try it for free. Here is a link.