Get To Know Me Teacher, Please?! FREE Resource for Music Teachers
Get to Know Me Teacher, Please?! FREE Resource
Get to Know Me Teacher, Please?! is a FREE printable that will help you get to know your students better and even help you be a more creative teacher. How? Creativity never exists in a vacuum. So, the more tools you have to use, the more creative you can be.
Besides, your students will LOVE you for asking these things. It’s a great way to start teaching this fall!
One of the best things we can do to help our students make the best, most effective progress, is to really know them. When we know what excites them (like Legos, Minions, Lord of the Rings, horses, etc.), then we are better able to tailor not only our activities (like using Legos to teach rhythm), but our analogies and examples we use to teach a musical concept.
For example, if I know that my student likes horses, then instead of saying, “Can you speed up this piece this week?” I can instead say, “Can you make this piece sound like a horse racing to the finish line?” This connects my request with something that is enjoyable and immediately interesting to the child and they are much more likely to succeed than if you just use abstract musical terms.
A while back, I was giving my own son a piano lesson. He was playing an introductory minuet in a very heavy and non-musical way. I asked him to play it lighter, which resulted in only a very small change. But then I remember that he loves the Lord of the Rings, so I said, “You know, the way you are playing it right now sounds like Gimli the Dwarf. Can you instead play it as if you are Legolas the Elf traveling like air through the forest?”
Do you think that made a difference in his playing? You bet it did! I entered his world instead of requiring that he enter my world to learn.
How can you enter the world of a child?
But to enter their world, you have to know something about it and hopefully these worksheets will help you. By the way, students LOVE completing things like this. They LOVE telling you about their world. Just remember to listen!