Covid-19 has changed lives and music teachers are no exception. As teaching from home has become the prerogative, teachers are increasingly thinking about how they can make their music lessons more effective, interesting, and engaging. If you too are looking for the same, here are some tips that can help.
Make your lessons active
Music is best taught and learned by doing, not by writing and reading. Though some theoretical aspects and integral to learning music, your focus should be on making the lessons active and interesting. Try to engage your students in the lessons which could be via group recitals, solo performances, competitions among the students who have been divided into two teams, etc. Even when you’re teaching music theory from home, there are various ways to include practical activities to keep the students engaged and excited. Simply add some activities and energy to your online music classes and experience the joy of learning in your students.
Try to avoid boredom
Though you should have a lesson plan when teaching from home, steer clear of boredom. Focusing on a single topic or task for long could be tough for your students, especially when they’re attending classes from their homes. Depending on your students’ concentration levels, you can plan each music session to include a series of varied tasks. For example, if you’re conducting a 1-hour session, you can break it down into four 15-minute sessions, where each session could be devoted to singing, playing an instrument, listening to music, and asking the teachers some questions. The key is to mix up activities, thus ensuring the students can hold their concentration well for short bursts and learn well.
Music teaching from home can be made easier and interesting by leveraging modern technology. You can use YouTube videos, music apps, online song libraries, etc. to make your music lessons from home more interesting and memorable. With a platform like Mousiki.io, you can even organize students’ online recitals, encourage them to form a band and perform virtually that can be streamed live for a select audience, and even more. Since Mousiki encourages collaboration among students, you can plan activities to let them perform together or help their group members if they get stuck, thus paving the way for collaborative learning. Since music is inherently sociable, your students can learn better in a collaborative setting than what they will when studying on their own.
With these tips, music teaching from home is bound to become something that both you and your students look forward to.