Get to Know Me Teacher, Please?!
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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!

Get to know me, teacher! 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.

Here’s how it works:

Here’s another example that I like to give in my “Have You Forgotten What It’s Like to be a Child?” workshop (I’ve been invited to give this workshop at MTNA and several other locations this year, so I hope you can come!).

Get to Know Me Teacher PleaseA 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!

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Don’t forget to check out the GAME version of this idea! This is perfect for group lessons, music class, or just a private piano lesson. It’s a great icebreaker game! Music This or That

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6 Comments

  1. Barbara August 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

    What a great resource, Wendy. I do think about some of these things in relation to my students but haven’t had an organized way to keep track. You’ve added some ideas that I hadn’t thought of, and now I’ll have it all on one page! Thank you, thank you:)

  2. Karen August 19, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Thank you Wendy! I think I will incorporate this worksheet into my fall kick-off group class. Maybe I’ll pair students up and have them interview each other. I can think of many ways to use this.

  3. Allysia August 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

    What a great idea! I’ll definitely be working this into fall lessons. 🙂

  4. Susan September 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I love your “Get to Know me Teacher”! I noticed you have a studio worksheet for Elementary, bur not for Teen/Adult. Some of the questions are different. Did I just miss a Studio Worksheet for Teen/Adult?

  5. Wendy Stevens September 14, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Susan,

    I think that must have just been an oversight! I meant to make the same 2 sheets for both levels and only did one sheet for teens/adult. Sorry about that! If it’s something you need, email me about it (that way it gets on my to-do) and I’ll see if I can make that happen for you. Sorry! Thanks for letting me know!

    Wendy

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