Teacher and Musician Challenge 1
This is a new series of posts for the blog. Every Friday, I will post a new ‘Teacher and Musician Challenge’ for you to try in your lessons. The idea for this series came when I rediscovered this post on Ross McGill’s blog and remembered that my PGCE mentor (Guy Bunce) and I used to set each other teaching challenges on a regular basis. While these would often be ‘just a bit of fun’, they were also a great way to take away the safety net and force ourselves to think creatively about our teaching. This was a tradition that I kept going over the years and it never failed to help me refresh my approach.
#TandMchallenge 1 – Don’t talk in today’s lessons.
- Type everything you would’ve said on the whiteboard
- Point and mime to indicate what you want pupils to do
- Sing everything you would’ve said
- Come up with a starter that trains the pupils to recognise certain musical phrases as specific instructions (e.g. an major scale means ‘go to your instruments’, ascending third is ‘yes’, descending third is ‘no’, a dim7 chord is ‘definitely not!’)