As the semester comes to an end we have been asked to reflect on our music class. This music class was the first I had had in a school since I was in grade four, most of my schools did not have a music teacher and in the case of my high-school, no instruments.
Before this class I had one strength in music and that was knowing of a lot of songs. Through years of girl guide camps and living with my mother who ran strong start programs I have collected many many songs for children of all ages. When I see myself teaching music in the future I hope to bring more knowledge about the use of these songs in teaching music skills. Knowing which songs show tempo or play with pitch and volume (dynamics in music).
I think the biggest take away from this semester of music class will be a better understanding of these components of music. The methods behind the songs and how songs can be used in class to teach both about music and other topics. I feel more prepared to integrate music into a lesson rather than simply decorate a lesson with it.
This week we taught our classmates a small music lesson, they were all based on the same chant about rain. Taking this chant our groups all chose different ways of teaching it to children, some integrated other topics like art and science.
Our group decided to focus on pitch and volume (I later learned that volume is called dynamics in music).We focused on these aspects because they can be difficult for children to differentiate between. When we talk about volume in everyday life we talk about it going ‘up’ and ‘down’ instead of getting louder and softer. This confuses things when you talk bout pitch going up or down.
We had the class practice saying things using both and encouraged them to try their own variations of the song by mixing the two together.
I think the class went well, we had a group come up with a very nice combination of sounds and they presented it to the rest of the class.
It was difficult to teach a short lesson with six other teachers, not likely to happen in real life but definitely difficult to coordinate. I also struggled introducing pitch as an idea as I am not experienced with music vocabulary. I showed the concepts through example as I was not confident in my ability to explain using proper terms (like volume verses dynamics). I would like to learn more vocabulary and concepts like this so in the future I am confident with more than just guitar.