Building a program from the ground up
Date: June 4, 2014
I just acepted my first full-time position and, man, is this a woozy. Here is my course load:
1. Non-audition men's chorus
2. Non-auditioned women's chorus
3. Select chamber choir
4.Introduction to guitar
6. Introduction to music/music theory/music appreciation eighth-grade general music class
My fear comes with the last two classes. I took a percussion methods class while training in school, but I am a vocal major. I played snarie in the fifth grade band at my elementary school, and I love to play on my friends' drum sets, but I have little experience. Any advice on where to find good materials to prepare me to teach this class? Keep in mind, this is in the small school district and I have a small and limited budget.
I have searched these forums and have found nothing on middle school general music set in a situation where elementary general music does not exist. Seeing as I'm acquire person and want to build a good program, my dream would be this class to be a factory to spew out site singing geniuses. That being said, I realize that this is a pipe dream and all I would be doing is killing my music program. I don't want this to be a class or we just listen everyone's favorite music every day and making it total fluff, but I also want it to be an awesome fun experience the kids love to come to every day. Any ideas? Any resources for middle school basic general music? Thanks for all of your thoughts!
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