Teaching Tips: Creating Unique Curriculum for Your Music Students

 

Are you challenged with the task of finding interesting curriculum to keep your students motivated during their lessons?  TakeLessons guitar teacher Lisa T., who is based in the Chicago area, has some teaching tips for those who want to create an engaging and fun lesson experience for their students.

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If you’re looking for a unique approach to teaching your students and you don’t want to use store-bought materials, you always have the option of creating your own curriculum. The advantage of creating your own curriculum is having the freedom to enhance or modify what you are teaching as you go along. Once created, the curriculum can be used over and over again, tweaking where needed.

So how can you develop a good curriculum? The first thing you should do is define your objectives for your student. Once your objectives are clear, you can start thinking about how you will get there. Measuring your success through defined goals such as tests, practice charts and student feedback is also important.

When defining your objectives, ask yourself the following questions:

–What will the student accomplish during this lesson?
–To what specific level (i.e. 80% accuracy) will the student be able to perform a given task?
–How will the student show that they understood and learned the goals of your lesson?
–Are there any specific modifications that need to be made in order for your student to be successful?
–What tools (both formal and informal) can be used to assess the student’s progress?  These can include practice charts, motivational charts, skill builders and recitals.

These are just a few suggestions for successful lesson planning. Start with a clearly defined goal and track your progress along the way to ensure you achieve the desired results for both yourself and your student. Good luck!

Lisa T.

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TakeLessons Partners with NAMM for Third Annual SchoolJam USA Event

As part of our ongoing commitment to helping students of all ages achieve their musical goals, TakeLessons is pleased to announce that we will once again be partnering with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in support of their third annual SchoolJam USA battle of the bands competition. Scheduled to take place on January 21, 2012 in Anaheim, CA, the SchoolJam USA competition gives teen bands across the country the chance to earn national recognition, musical gear and money to support their hometown school music education programs.

According to NAMM, last year’s competition drew more than 150 bands eager to win the top spot as best teen band in America, with 48 talented bands hailing from more than 20 U.S. cities making it to the semi-finals. More than 112,000 votes were cast during a four-week period, leading up to the announcement of top 10 finalist bands, which competed for the winning title at the 2011 NAMM Show. Last year’s winning band “Peligro” from Gahanna, Ohio, won the coveted platinum album-shaped trophy and the grand-prize trip to Europe to perform at the 2011 SchoolJam Germany finals in Frankfurt, a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, money toward new gear for their band and money to support their local school music programs.

Middle and high school teens who aspire to be discovered by music industry professionals, have a passion for music, and want to help promote the significance of their schools’ music programs, can enter the SchoolJam USA competition between August 1 and October 21, 2011 at www.schooljamusa.com.