Teaching music- guidance for the non specialist Jackie Schneider

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Teaching music- guidance for the non specialist

  • Jackie Schneider

  • June 2011

The future of music education ?

Why teach music?

  • It has the power to transform

  • It is a fundamental part of being human

  • It can prime children’s brains for pattern and order

  • Developing aural memory is vital

  • It brings new experiences to children and can open up new avenues for them

  • Like language learning – needs to start early!

“But I’m not musical!.....”

  • Are you

  • A poet

  • An historian

  • An athlete

  • Published author

  • Statistician

  • Physicist

  • Mathematician

  • Artist

  • And it doesn’t stop you right?!

Busting the myth

Where do we start?

  • Help your children find their voice

  • Help them develop a “thinking” (internal) voice

  • Teach the elements ( DON’T PANIC! This is simpler than you think!)

The elements

  • Pulse

  • Rhythm

  • Dynamics

  • Pitch

  • Tempo

  • Timbre

  • Duration

  • Texture

Singing voice

  • Singing voice

  • Pulse


  • Any note is the right note!

  • Start slightly higher than you think (Tip – think of starting note then sing 123 up the scale & then start on 3)

  • Call and response

  • You sing – they listen

  • They sing - you listen

  • Use the singing gesture

Thinking voice

  • Need lots of practise

  • Strong internal monologue is associated with high achievers

  • Use thinking voice gesture everytime to signal to children



  • Heartbeat of the music

  • Mark it by tapping knees or chest silently

  • Felt, rather than heard

Thank you for listening!

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