In a lesson this morning, I was showing 4 year old B to play a simple song, a variation on Brother John. She loved it especially because I realized she didn’t have any brothers, but we could substitute her sister’s name in the song. So what was Brother John became Sister Iris! She was jumping up and down with joy and couldn’t wait to sing it for her mom and sister. Such a simple way to create engagement and joy!
Whenever possible, I try to connect the material to the student with these kinds of personalizations. Why does it have to be Mary Had A Little Lamb? Why not Ashley? Or Rebecca? Of course you will have to add in another note, but, how great to have an instant bond with your student.
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Author: Andrew Ingkavet
Andrew Ingkavet is an educator, author and entrepreneur.
His belief that learning a musical instrument builds skills vital to success in life has led to a thriving music school in Brooklyn, NY. Internationally, Andrew helps music teachers with the Musicolor Method, an online curriculum/training as well as a 5 star-rated book,The Game of Practice: with 53 Tips to Make Practice Fun. He is also founder of 300 Monks, a music licensing company.