Fun Lesson Ideas for Music Teachers

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Like any subject, there are times when the teaching of musical theory needs to be spiced up – learning about scales, chords and key signatures in the usual way can sometimes take its toll and allow young minds to wander! So in order to make things a bit more interesting for both you and your student, we’ve come up with a few engaging activities that should help liven up your sessions.

Clapping game

Although one of the more basic activities, this is a proven method of learning rhythm. The tutor claps a certain rhythmic pattern and the student has to follow. However, if the tutor only claps once, then the student mustn’t, otherwise a point is awarded to the tutor. If a pattern is repeated correctly, the student wins a point.

Identify the Instrument

Another simple activity which provides music students with a better knowledge of the various instruments and how they are used as part of an orchestra or band. This is made a lot easier with the availability of MP3 players and tablet/smart-phone devices. Pick a song and ask the student to identify one of the instruments being used. Points can be awarded for correct identification. This is a surprisingly popular activity among younger music students.

Finger Puppets for Piano

This activity is more suited to younger students learning about finger numbers. Invest in some finger puppets and ask the student to place one on each finger, according to the finger number you specify.

First, indicate the hand you’d like the student to put the puppet on, then the finger number. When the puppets are on all fingers, ask the student to remove them one-by-one, again according to finger-number. Alternatively, you can get the student to call out the number as they remove the puppet.

The Dice Game

Repetition is of course fundamental to learning music so finding an activity that makes the process more interesting can be of great benefit. For example, allowing the student to roll dice to see how many times they need to repeat an exercise can make the rigours of practice slightly more bearable!

This can be made especially interesting if the tutor creates a work sheet with six numbered activities. The student then rolls the dice to see what activity is next. The work sheet can be graded according to the student’s performance, with ticks and stickers if necessary. As their ability improves, simpler activities can be replaced with more advanced tasks.

Halloween Songs

Add some Autumnal flavour to your lessons with a Halloween Song that puts your student’s skills to the test. Getting your student to prepare to play a particular song, especially a seasonal one, can help provide additional motivation to practise and instil a real sense of achievement.

These are just some of the many activities that can help to engage a student and make musical instruction more interesting. If you’re looking to reach more students, visit our main site to learn more about our music teacher online booking system and mobile appointment booking system.