- October 23, 2017 at 7:16 am #545219
Dear music educators,
Hello. My name is Allison and I am a junior choral music education major at Indiana State University. I am preparing for my student teaching, and am on the fence about what age group to teach. I love children, but also want to work with more developed voices and minds. I also feel less confident in selecting music for young children in comparison to high school age kids. I would love any advice or feed back about the challenges of each age group and music sections for each. Thank you.November 2, 2017 at 8:21 pm #546644
See my suggestions for K-6 materials in my reply to senior Laura Sprouls from your program.
Regarding which age to teach, it would be helpful if you could student teach at both levels (under 6th grade and 6+). Does your college require or allow two internships? It seems you have time, as a junior. If not, perhaps you could split your internship, or extend it for a few weeks at another grade level, or volunteer to lead an after-school choir, or work with a program over the summer. In my opinion, college curriculums should include and require more time for what we used to call observations and participations, so students have opportunities to see and assist multiple teachers working with a variety of ages.
I worked for 18 years at the K-6 level, and the last two at a middle school. I much prefer the younger students for their enthusiasm and innocence, even if it means working on simpler songs, mostly in unison. Personally, I don’t have time nor tolerance for the drama, socializing and attitude prevalent among teenagers, though many middle and high school teachers wonder how we tolerate the younger kids at the elementary level! For middle school, I recommend the excellent Youtube and other materials from Music in the Middle with Mr. D.
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