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Music Teaching – Making it More Interactive and Innovative

Music teaching is fun – such a very rewarding and challenging experience, a noble and inspiring profession, and most of all, a very fulfilling passion. Most music teachers would agree with me if I say that music teaching is more than a profession – it is a passion and a commitment that we need to fulfill both to earn for a living and of course, make life worth living.

Here are some useful tips on how we can make music teaching more fun, exciting and innovative:

Create a very supportive classroom climate.

Students learn best within cohesive and caring learning communities. As a music teacher, you have to be very versatile and flexible enough on how you can encourage and motivate your students not just to attend his or her classes and sessions with you but most of all, learn, understand, enjoy and love music. A cohesive and supportive learning community helps music teacher to make the learning process more effective and much away from boredom and school anxieties. We, music educators shall be the role models of an individual with a positive and cheerful disposition, friendliness, emotional maturity, sincerity, and affection towards our students both as individuals and as learners.

Providing more avenues for the learners to acquire, adopt and apply.

Give the learners more and more opportunities to learn music and make it their craft, hobby or passion. By doing this, there would be higher chances where they can learn and enjoy music at the fullest. Based from many researches and studies of education experts, students learn more when most of the available time is allocated to curriculum-related activities and the classroom management system that emphasize long-term learning and maximum acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Use innovative strategies and lots of interactive classroom activities.

The use of technology inside the classroom as well as the integration of other multimedia music teaching techniques such as the use of audio-visual tools, power point presentation projected over the LCD, Internet, web research, blogging, video demos, video uploading, and a lot more.

Another great way to go is to use music teacher software that can help you find the most reliable and effective resources online. Without overspending and taking much of your time, effort and resources, these web-based programs can actually provide you with the kind of professional music teaching assistance that you have been looking for quite some time.

Let them learn their ways to a more effective and efficient music learning.

Music teaching has to be dynamic and creative. Sometimes music teachers need to animate, reinvent and experiment more and more strategies that our students will surely enjoy, appreciate and love. We use collaborative learning because we believe it helps students learn more effectively, many of us also place a high premium on teaching strategies that go beyond mere mastery of content and ideas as it also promotes a larger educational agenda, one that encompasses several intertwined rationales.

So what are you waiting for? This is indeed the right time to take your music teaching experience to the next level. Whatever reasons you have in mind, such need or eagerness to strive for the best is good enough to jumpstart a better, brighter and a more positive music teaching career. Enjoy music teaching and always have fun with the students.

Music teaching can be more interactive and innovative with this software for music teachers. – Earl Marsden

The Powerful Effects of Music – How Music Can Impact Our Minds, Spirits and Physiological Make Up

Music can change your emotions, create life memorable moments and make you remember those moments. Music is one of the many artistic expressions of life. In movies, the sound effects used to evoke emotions of love, romance, fear, suspense and even hate, is music.

There are stories of people who experience changes in habits, likes and dislikes after having heart transplant surgery; music was one of the likes and dislike. There is a story about a man after having a heart transplant he noticed his love for a different genre of music. He later found out the same music he now likes was his heart donor’s favorite music. That tells me that music is in our minds, spirits (including soul and heart), and physiological make up (MSP).

Music flows deeper within us than we realize. Music can be therapeutic to children with mental challenges; help children increase the development of a specific area of the brain; used as an educating tool especially for children with learning difficulties; brings people together to celebrate and love each other. Essentially music is present in every culture in the world.

The one music artist that I believe used the ultimate power of music is Bob Marley. Bob Marley created music for people, fame and money just happen to go along with it. His music is also the remnants of his life experiences; experiences that significantly changed or impacted his life. Through his love for music and people, Bob Marley was able to spread his music all over the world and in future lifetimes. For me listening to Bob Marley’s music is soothing to my MSP; I feel a sense of comfort and liberation.

The one performing music artist that touched the world through music was Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson’s stage performance was moving; he definitely had a gift for entertaining others. I remember the first time I saw the music video Beat It, I thought it was brilliant, that is when I became and remain a fan of Michael Jackson.

The one vocal music artist that also touched the world through music is Whitney Houston; her unique and powerful singing voice created music that only her voice could express.

These are just a few of the many music artists that once impacted the world with their deep love for music. Music and basic emotions are universal languages, the emotions evoke through music can be therapeutic, uplifting and enjoyable. Music is also a powerful intelligence, gift, talent, and expression that I believe is taken for granted. Today’s dominating music is mostly associated with fame and wealth; I believe the power of music is reduced to hooks, beats and rhythms.

Personal Experience

I once cared for a patient by the name of Melva; Melva had a stroke that left her cripple and bedbound. She had a feeding tube because she was unable to swollen, her speech was impaired, and her hands were contracted. Melba’s daughter was very active in her care. She hung Melba’s beautiful paintings on the walls of her room and played her favorite music for her, music ranging from the 20s to the 70s. Having a broad love for music I would play a different CD during each of my visits with Melva. Keeping in mind Melba’s speech was impaired, it was difficult to understand her. One day I played a 50s CD and the song Que Sera Sera began to play. To my very pleasant surprise Melva began to sing. For the first time since caring for her I was able to understand Melba’s words clearly. I began singing along which made her sing even louder. This is a memorable moment for me, every time I hear the song Que Sera Sera I think of Melba. Music does make the heart sing.

Selecting Age Appropriate Educational Toys

Educational toys can be a great hit, but you do have to make sure you select them based on age. Keep in mind that some children are behind their age group while others are advanced. You want to make sure what you offer them will be fun, help them to learn, and that they won’t be overwhelmed by it. The toys can be too easy either though or the learning won’t be there.

There are educational toys for children as young as 3 months of age. They often help them to develop skills such as grasping and interacting. These toys are also safe to chew on and too large for a small child to swallow. Children about 6 months of age can enjoy small balls and musical toys. They will quickly learn when they touch a musical toy, it turns on.

The largest selection of educational toys seems to be for those that are from 1 to 4 years of age. This is a really fun age where the child will start to show more independence. Look for toys that allow your child to explore, to become curious, and to be able to work with the toy. Books and blocks are great ideas that you can consider for this age group when it comes to educational toys.

Children that are 4 years of age are often ready for pre-school. They love toys that help them to be stimulated and to challenge them. Educational toys such as music instruments, simple board games, and crafts can be exciting for them. Children in this age group love to create, so make sure you offer support and appreciation for anything that they show you.

Children between 5 and 8 years of age tend to start liking video games. The good news is that there are plenty of educational games offered both for the computer and home gaming consoles that fit the bill. They also like games that allow them to count, make decisions, and to play against others.

There educational toys which are more complex for those from ages 9 to 12. Learning how things work is a great way for them to enhance their learning. Problem solving efforts and following directions are useful too. Consider toys that allow them to build something or to figure something out on their own.

They will also enjoy kits that have science experiments in them. This allows them to have fun measuring, mixing, and guessing what the outcome will be. At the same time though, they will be working on match skills, science skills, and perhaps even decide to read about a given topic on their own.

Since your children are going to outgrow certain educational toys, make sure you invest wisely. Get those that they can use for a long time. Those that have different elements of learning are ideal. You can also consider swapping educational toys with friends and family. Since you likely network with many people that have children of various ages, this is a great option.