Music teachers have a uniquely powerful ability to support their students, because what we do is personal and we know our students in a different and special way. Taking time to make space for students feelings during a lesson is absolutely powerful.
Brene Brown is an incredible resource, which is why we are thrilled to share her video below.
Listen and Offer Empathy: Be a listening ear and offer empathy. Brene Brown has a great ted talk set to a little cartoon here that I love. (it’s under 3 minutes)
Teaching Music is so much more than getting students to perform music. One of the greatest gifts music teachers can give students is the tools to turn to music to work through hard emotions during hard times. I’m happy to share some strategies that I have implemented in teaching elementary students in my private studio that make space for their hard times, and lead them towards music as a source to work through it.
I hope you enjoy connecting with your students. -K.E.
Our goal is to get more kids playing percussion!