This post originally appeared on my old blog, Practice Your Lasagnos, on 8/8/14. See an updated version below.
Do you have students who just don't listen to you? It can be really frustrating when students are disrespectful. Younger students especially need boundaries. Behavior is very important to me, and I believe that it is very important for students to learn respect (teachers also need to show respect to students, but in a bit of a different way). I'm not saying that teachers need to be total control freaks, but if there isn't order in your lessons, it is frustrating, less productive, and potentially dangerous.
Students should certainly be encouraged to ask questions and explore music; but they should learn to do so in an appropriate way. This is helpful not only for their success in music lessons, but also in school, future employment, and social life.
Here are some suggestions for helping young students listen:
What are your experiences with student behavior? How do you handle it?
Barbara Fischer runs Fischarper, LLC and loves her job as a harpist and private music educator. She enjoys blogging about various aspects of the music field on fischarper.com/blog. For more music resources, check out the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store and Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, written by Bambi Fischer (Barbara’s mom!) and revised and edited by Barbara. You can connect with Barbara all over the interwebs on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. And you can sign up to receive Fischarper updates by joining the email list.
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