Musical Director Mark Elder feels that all Children Should be Taught to Read Music

Whether it is languages, numbers, sports or music, every child has a passion. It is up to us as teachers, to bring that passion out. However, it is also important that we give our pupils every chance to succeed, by allowing them to try everything at least once.

This is why musical director Mark Elder, believes that it is imperative that all children should be taught how to read sheet music; at least the basics. Reading sheet music, much like ESL or Braille, is a language not so often taught in schools, which can be a real shame.

What Puts Children off Learning Before they can even Start?

Imagine if you, as a child, wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument.

You buy the music books, the cleaning equipment, the case, even the instrument itself. You put it all together, you set up your stand, you open up a YouTube ‘teach yourself to…’ tutorial and the book and…stop. It’s in a completely different language. You can understand why it puts some children off

By incorporating sheet music into music lessons, even at a Primary School age, we can help children cultivate their passions at an earlier point in their life. Like every good passion, music won’t change the world, but it can change the world for one individual. So why not help that individual take the first step, by teaching them how to read?

Mixing up the Classroom Seating

Seating arrangements are a great way to encourage quick order in your class, however it can get boring sitting the same pupils next to each other week in and week out and your class will more than likely have a few troublemakers that like to stir things up. So what can be done?
download-300x160Why not try this simple exercise? Give each child a piece of paper to write on and ask them to write down the names of four children they would like to sit with the following week as well as a student that they feel has been a good Samaritan that week. You can get them to write the papers anonymously or you can ask them to write their names on the top.
hold-hands-300x292What this does, aside from giving your pupils a position to strive towards – Good Samaritan – is it will highlight children in your class that may be having difficulties making friends. It will show who was popular last week and who may not be so popular this week. It may even help to highlight those students which may be bullied, or those that are struggling with their class work.

After all, a cry for help is not always done in the form of a literal, verbal cry for help, and reading between the lines with exercises such as this is a great way to see, even as a supply teacher how your pupils are really doing when it comes to building friendships and relationships which are going to be essential life skills as they grow older.