High School "Intro to Music" Class
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I just found out that I’m going to be teaching a high school general music class this year (called “intro to music”). There’s really no curriculum for me to go from, so I’ll be starting from scratch. The students are looking to satisfy part of their graduation requirement are a mix of ages, grades 9-12…and it’s going to be during the last block of the day, so they really won’t be happy about being there for 75 minutes every day for a quarter.
Any ideas for what I should try to teach this class and how to keep them engaged in something they likely care very little about?
I would have a long talk with my elementary feeder music teachers and ask to borrow some resources such as Orff arrangements and instruments, drums, and curricula. I found myself teaching both elementary general music and 2 high school chorus classes last year. Most of the students in the high school courses had not been in music classes since elementary school and needed to learn the fundamentals of music. I used many of the dances, vocal exercises, and percussive games I used at the elementary level to teach basic concepts. They LOVED it and looked forward to it every day. They were moving, singing rounds, dancing, and playing various instruments and were quite motivated because it was fun. Drum circles are a huge motivation and can teach a wide range of musical concepts while keeping the most reluctant student engaged. Beg and borrow from a colleague or church!
Best of Luck!
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