General Music Curriculum
Date: July 21, 2011
I have just recently nailed my first professional teaching job. I will be spending every morning teaching 7th grade general music for the middle school. Then I will spend the afternoons bouncing around between the local elementary schools. I do not know yet what grade levels I am teaching at the elementary schools.
My biggest concern, however, is classroom management, procedures, and curricula for the seventh graders. I had a fairly hard time with 6th grade general music during my student teaching (which I was encouraged was due to the school and teacher, not me) and I want to walk in confident and with everything well-mapped in my head.
I have some fundamental Kodaly training and plan to start working on my levels over summers. With the training came a love of singing and literacy, as well as some great, fun songs and games for ELEMENTARY. I need to figure out how to balance the transition between elementary general music and middle/high school ensemle classes. I know a lot of the kids will be uncomfortable singing, and that many won't have a desire to explore choir/band. However, I also don't want to turn the class into some sort of watered-down music appreciation class. It is not fun or effective for kids.
Any suggestions from all you elementary/middle school teachers out there?
Thank you so much!
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