Making music lesson plans can be difficult especially when you don't know where to start. This happens to me all the time, I have so many great ideas but which one do I do first or what activity will be most successful and challenging for my student? These are some of the questions that I think of even before writing down any plan. Below are a couple of tips on what to include in making a good music lesson plan
Have an objective. what do you want to accomplish? will it be rhythm, dynamics, tempo? Choose one and keep it as the main theme of your lesson.
In your music lesson you may have your student show you what they have practiced over the past week. This would be the first part of my lesson. As you listen to them play try incorporating your objective into their piece. For example, see if your student can clap and say a particular rhythm.
Once you feel that enough can be done in a particular song, get away from the instrument and do an activity that relates to your objective, maybe it is a flash card game or a rhythm game, or even a fun music game on the iPad. Whatever activity it may be have it relate back to the objective you are teaching.
By doing an activity students will gain a better understanding of what you want them to know then just telling them.
Review what you have learned and what should be accomplished for the next week.
Music Staff Mats and tokens.
A great game to help beginners with understanding rhythm.
A never ending game of fun!
A great fun activity to help students learn how to count rhythms
Have students color in certain rhythms to help identify them.
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