Music lessons for primary school are rewarding, fulfilling and enjoyable, for both teachers and students! However, for the sake of successful music lessons for primary school level, laying the groundwork for a successful class is essential. A set of classroom rules, designed by both teacher and students, can add a big impact on how smoothly the classes run. Further, by having a say in the class rules, students are more likely to engage, and respect the rules of the classroom. One way to do this is by creating a ‘Music Contact’ for the classroom. As schools are back in full swing, now is the ideal time to collaborate with your students on your class “Music Contract.”
This contract will be an agreement between the teacher and students as to the rules and requirements for music lessons throughout the year.
Your contract could include the following:
- Frequency of music lessons (eg. one/two lessons per week)
- Content to be covered in lessons (eg. specific songs, games, pieces etc)
- Performances that will take place (eg. Christmas concert, graduation etc)
- Rules for music lessons (eg. Only play instruments when invited to by teacher)
Some important rules that you might consider including are;
- Only play instruments when invited to by teacher
- Respect the instruments and take good care of them
- Put your hand up if you want to ask a question
- Try your best during music lessons
Collaborate with your students on creating your contract and deciding what should be included. Perhaps take a class vote on what rules should make it into the contract. This way, students will feel a greater sense of inclusion and responsibility.
Students can then design the contract on an A3 sheet. Invite the students to sign the contract. It can be displayed on the classroom wall and referred to throughout the year.
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