Before You Teach Your First Music Class

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You're a new music teacher, and understandably so, feeling excited about holding your first music class. Are you ready? Here are some pointers to keep in mind before you make your debut as an educator.

Your Clothes

Dress appropriately. This will depend on your school's dress code and the age of students you will be teaching. Wear clothes that make you look professional and yet allows you to move. Stay away from patterns or colors that are distracting. Wear appropriate shoes that are also comfortable.

Your Voice

As a teacher, your most important instrument is your voice, so make sure you take good care of it. Avoid anything that might affect your voice negatively. When addressing your class, project your voice so that the whole class can hear you. Make sure though that you're not talking too loud. Also, pace yourself. If you talk too fast students might have a hard time understanding you and if you talk too slow students might get bored. Keep in mind to use proper inflection and adjust your vocabulary depending on the age of your students.

Your Classroom

Make sure your classroom is sufficiently equipped. However, this will vary depending on your school's budget. Some of the items that should be in a music classroom are:

  • Musical instruments
  • Audio and video equipment
  • Computers with Internet connection
  • Music software
  • Music CDs
  • Music books
  • Musical toys or manipulatives
  • Bulletin board
  • Posters
  • Bookshelves and storage bins
  • Filing cabinet
  • Desk and chair for the teacher
  • Chairs for the students or an area where students can sit comfortably
  • Proper lighting and ventilation

Your Lesson Plan

Create an outline of the topics you wish to cover and the skills you want your students to learn by the end of the school year. Then, create a weekly lesson plan to help you and your students attain these goals. Depending on where you are teaching, keep in mind the National Standards for Music Education when preparing your outline and lesson plans. Each week, make sure your lesson plan is prepared and the materials you need are ready.