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When you choose to become a teacher, one of the most important responsibilities is to have a good relationship with your students.

There are many reasons as to why this is a priority but the most important is that if you don’t get along with your students, your lessons won’t get through to them, even if they are well thought out and planned.

Of course there are many teachers out there that keep things very strict and are considered good teachers but it’s also not as simple as being friendly or not.

Having a good relationship with your students is about getting to know them and be friendly without crossing any lines, you have to remember you are a teacher not a friend.

To make things a bit clearer, these are a few tips you can keep in mind that will help you build a good relationship with your students.

And of course, try to remember their names!

Know What Your Students Like

The first impression of a young student is that the teacher doesn’t have the same interests at all, whether it is in music, movies, TV shows or clothes.

One of the best ways to get someone’s attention is a pleasant surprise, and you will, without a doubt surprise them if you show interest in what they like or maybe mention something that they weren’t expecting like talking about a videogame soundtrack or something out of the ordinary in terms of traditional music education.

Of course, connecting through music would be the best scenario in this regard, as it not only helps you make that connection but it also gives you inspiration to develop your class.

Be Ready to Learn From Your Students

Yes, you may be the teacher and it is your job to teach them music but, a teacher that is willing to learn from their students is even better.

Students are always being pushed to think and work around things, so sometimes they come up with amazing ideas or music that cannot be overlooked.

Some teachers dismiss many ideas from their students because they “clearly know less than the teacher” but this is far from the truth.

Having this approach in mind will also make you be more excited with each lesson, with the hopes you might learn something too, and that excitement will be displayed when you teach.

A Sense of Humor

A teacher with a sense of humor makes everything a more pleasant experience, which is a very important thing in order to make students really appreciate your lessons.

No matter what is being taught, it’s easy for a class to get heavy and hard to process, however, these moments of humor to loosen things up a bit helps keeping things fresh.

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Story Time

One of the best way to connect with your students is sharing things about you, maybe an annecdote from another group of students or just a funny story related to the class.

This makes the whole experience a bit more human, which is necessary.

Students, especially younger ones, can see a teacher as this big authority that is very far from their world that it’s almost impossible to empathize.

These “storytelling” times can help you avoid this and maybe spark a few laughs or inspiration.

MTH Features

As a part of the MTH team, we recommend that you make the most out of the features we offer in order to help build your relationship with your students.

Remember to use birthday reminders, as your students will appreciate that you are aware of those important celebration dates.

From automatic lesson notes, to easy scheduling, Music Teacher’s Helper will assist with your needs as a music teacher giving you the space and time you need to build a good relationship with your students, based on trust, respect and a genuine love for music anywhere in the world.

 

 

 

 

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One of the most common misconceptions about music education is that you can’t learn how to play an instrument as an adult. While it can be a bit more difficult, it’s not impossible at all, it’s actually a very good idea, because many people want to get into music at a later time in their lives.

There are some things that make wanting to learn an instrument as an adult kind of intimidating, this includes, time, a lack of that learning spark we all have when we are young or even what other people may say.

In order to get a confidence boost to hop into learning an instrument, here are a few musical instruments that are quite easy to get into.

Piano/Keyboard

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Of course the piano has so much depth in terms of sound and potential but there are two main reasons as to why it’s an instrument that’s is actually easy to learn. First of all, if you have no prior knowledge of music, the keys of a piano makes it easir for a beginner to structure musi

It’s a case of easy to learn but hard to master but it’s one of the most satisfiying musical instruments to learn.

There is also the option to purchase a keyboard, which is a lot more accesible than a piano. This however comes with the fact that every keyboard has its strengths and weaknesess, so depending on the approach you’re looking for.

Aside from the sound there is also the keys on the keyboard. What this means is that some keyboards have weight on their keys just like a piano does, but some don’t. This may not seem like much but the feel of the instrument is important so imagine being a beginner and starting piano classes, you buy a keyboard and it feels different, but you have more time with the keyboard than the piano, and everytime you play piano you mess up and you don’t know why.

In conclusion it’s a small but important thing, even more so as a beginner.

Ukelele

The ukelele it’s a good option to get into the strings side of the musical instruments, due to the fact that it has that strumming easy to go part from the guitar, but it’s actually way easier because of it having only four strings instead of four. You could argue that the bass also hass four strings, but when it comes to the bass, there is a more rigorous way of playing in terms of rythm. It’s also not as “free” as the guitar or ukelele, melodically speaking, and for someone that is just picking up an instrument for the first time, pressing a bass string it’s a lot harder than pressing a ukelele string, so there is that minor detail.

Harmonica

The harmonica has many things in favor as an easy instrument to learn. First of all it’s quite small, so there are no limitations as to where you could practice.

This is an instrument that almost always sounds good, sure if you are just playing it like crazy it may sound just like that, but it’s not hard to start from zero and get some easy tunes.

It is important however to have in mind that there are different types of harmonicas and depending on what type of music you like, there is a specific type of harmonica for it. It’s not hard to do the research and you can even ask before buying, it’s all about exploring what fits you.

Of course that in the end any instrument is an option, no one should be forced to choose one instrument or the other just because it’s easier to learn, however it’s good to have some ideas of what some of these instruments offer when it comes to the first approach.

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From the very beginning of music lessons, the voice is our first go to, tool to learn about notes harmonies and scales. This is an essential part of reading music and training your musical ear. However, the voice as an instrument is also the cause of many insecurities, such as not liking how it sounds, not having a wide range or just not feeling comfortable with others listening. The first step in order to overcome this, is to understand why it’s so important to control this natural instrument, what is vocal range and learning how to find your own voice through trial and error.

Why Sing?

There are two answers to this question, with the first one being the obvious one, which is that you want to be a singer. However if you are interested in playing instruments and don’t want to focus too much on singing, it’s still an useful instrument to have when getting involved with music. First of all, it’s the instrument you’ll always carry with you, to master this natural instrument is to carry melodies with you at all times. Secondly, singing is often an integral part of music education. Teachers involve students very easily by making them sing certain melodies or read sheets, not only does this improve the dynamic of the class itself, but it helps to develop a musical ear, remember musical structure of music writing, and reading.

Vocal Range

The vocal range determines roughly your range as a singer based on your lower note and your higher note,according to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music these vocal ranges classifications are:

soprano: C4 to A5
mezzo-soprano: A3 to F#5
alto: G3 to E5 (and contralto as F3-D5)
tenor: roughly C3 to A4
baritone: A2 to F4
bass: F2 to E4

The soprano and tenor are considered to be high voice, baritone and mezzo-soprano mid voice and alto and bass low voice.

This of course is not permanent, the vocal range can expand with practice and time, it can also be smaller if for example the vocal chords suffer some kind of strain, damage or not enough practice.

In order to know your vocal range, it’s as easy as playing notes to see how far can you go, and then find where you stand, this can help you know where you feel comfortable singing and what you want to improve. It also helps to know your vocal range so that you can look for singers with a similar tone to practice.

Finding your Voice

It happens many times to students that they want their voice to sound in a particular way, and they get frustrated because the only thing they find is something different than what they want, and something different than their usual speaking voice. This is important due to the fact that our singing voice is different than the regular speaking voice, because of this, some effort has to be put in order to find this new singing voice, and this requires patience.

Knowing your vocal range and listening popular singers will definitely help, however the best way is always to practice and record yourself, you may not like what you hear, but like any other instrument, you need to tune your vocal chords, and learn how to use them.

Even if you’re not very interested in being a professional singer, there is a chance that, while trying and learning the basics, you find a comfortable way to sing and you may discover an unknown talent, so long as don’t strain your voice, experiment with different techniques and get to know your voice.

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