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.
Kids are different. Some want to talk it through, and others are private. Teachers know when something is off. Here are some ideas to be there for students:
Pause the lesson and draw: Sometimes if I know a student needs to be in the studio but can’t pull themselves together, for example in the case of the student who just found out their parents are divorcing, I would pull out colored pencils and paper or coloring pages (the intricate beautiful ones) and we can do listening as we color, or listen, talk and color. I love Susan Hong’s coloring pages for easy last minute printing.
“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
~ Pablo Picasso
I hope you enjoy connecting with your students. -K.E.
Our goal is to get more kids playing percussion!