Best Ways to teach Music
Best Ways to teach Music
Studying music on an instrument is one approach to music, while studying music theory is another. It’s like buying a new car – you could read the manual and drive it in a day, or you could learn the mechanics of the car and develop a much deeper understanding of everything that happens when you turn that key.
This article explores some of the ways that you might like to consider teaching music theory fundamentals to your student.
1. Let your student understand what is being studied
Talk to your student about these reasons so that it becomes clearer and is more likely to sink in. If your student is not convinced, he or she may quit half-way through. A good grasp of the reasoning always removes half the problems behind effective learning.
2. Let your student know that learning music theory might be difficult, but that it certainly won’t be boring
The learner needs to know that music theory requires a good deal of commitment, and isn’t as yielding a study as is the learning process for playing an instrument.
3. If the student does not already play an instrument, teaching the basics of an instrument and how to play it will encourage the learner to apply what has been learned.
In this way, the student can understand music theory more fully. Doing so without an instrument can prove boring, unfruitful, and sometimes even pointless. The practical side often brings to life the reasons you’ve already highlighted above.
4. Select an instrument that isn’t too complicated and that is generally acceptable and useful
The piano or the guitar can be the best choices for this, since they are versatile instruments and offer a broad range of sounds. Additionally, the layout of the keyboard (on the piano) and the fretboard (on the guitar) facilitate visualizing chords and scales while the student practices.
5. Decide how much content you’ll teach in each lesson.
You can also try splitting the lesson into two parts, the first for theory and the second for applying the theory on the instrument. Doing it in this manner will give your student a stronger and deeper understanding of the fundamentals, which will help a lot with the overall music studies.
6. Start with the basics of rhythm and tempo.
Then move on to time values, pitch, scales, time signature and so on. You don’t need to explain complicated things like cadences or modes at this stage. Keep it as light and simple as possible. The deeper learning will come later when the student is more personally motivated and self-directed in the learning.
We hope you find our Best Ways to teach Music helpful!
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