There are plenty ways to teach music for a kid, including teaching them how to play a musical instrument or how to sing. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages according to the features that you are going to introduce to your student. Apart from those common teaching methods, music theory is also a good way to enhance the knowledge for children in music. Besides, learning about music is not all about practicing and singing, it is also about notations and other stuff that is related to the theories of music. With a deeper understanding of this field of study, it can be sure that the kids can keep up with types of musical instruments faster and more precise.
In this article, we will explore some methods that are being used to teach music theory fundamentals without making them confused or making the lessons complicated.
- Understand What Is Being Taught
According to surveys and studies at the primary and secondary schools, most of the students do not like Musical subjects very much since they do not know what are being taught and that knowledge has anything related to their lives. Hence the learners should be explained about the purposes of the music lessons before they start.
If you want your student to be good at music theory, at least you should show them what they are learning and how to learn it effectively by showing some kinds of summaries. With a clearer reason, students can focus more on lessons and more likely to sink in. Similar to other types of subjects, music theory does not require much practice from the beginning. That is why people do not like it. If you cannot make the reasons and the purposes of the lessons loud and clear, many students may want to quit just after a few lessons.
Another thing you should introduce from the beginning is that studying music theory might be difficult at first, but it will not be boring at all. Learning music methods might be hard, but it would be a good base for the learners to continue learning other types of musical instruments fast.
- Learning Through Musical Instrument
Learning music theory does not mean you cannot learn any other types of a musical instrument at the same time. If your student has not learned any instrument, then pick one and learn the basic while still learning how to read music. Learning these things together can encourage learners to keep learning since they can see how fast they could be and how good they would be when applying music theory to instrument performances. People often learn music theory by using tedious methods such as learning by heart, writing and so on. It is such an annoying and pointless way to learn this kind of art. Practice makes perfect, and it is even better if you can be good at theory before playing something.
With the instrument selection, don’t choose something that it too difficult to handle or something that you have not seen before. Acceptable and useful are two key factors for you to pick an instrument. According to my estimation, playing guitar or the piano could be the best choice for beginners since they are very easy to learn in a short amount of time and can perform a broad range of sounds. Also, the chords and scales are played well in the layout of this instrument which provides a good visual for children to keep up with the music lessons.
- Choose The Right Syllabus
If you are teaching a child beginning lessons, you will not need to buy a book that is too complicated or difficult to follow. Friendly music theory syllabus is all you need. The main problem is how you pass this knowledge onto your kids and help them to remember. If you are following music instrument method above, look for a syllabus with the same kind of tool to get the best guide in both sides – theoretical and practical lessons. Make sure to organize the lessons on the curriculum again in your head to teach with your style. Don’t rely on it too much.
In fact, not all of the knowledge in a syllabus is useful. You should know which one you will teach your students in each lesson and the whole course. A lesson just lasts for up to 2 hours, so we do not have enough time to introduce too many things. Moreover, the child’s mind cannot bear too much information at once. They need time to process them and apply later. By doing so, the children and have a deeper understanding of music theory basics and keep up with advanced lessons easily.
- Don’t Forget The Topics
You should determine your primary purpose when teaching your students music theory. If they are practicing a musical instrument, you should know which type of music theory to introduce so as to enhance their performance. Don’t need to dig too deep into music theory since they do not need them yet. Pick relevant topics so that your students can see the connections between those notations and what they are playing on the guitar or the piano. Keep the theory and the practice as simple as possible. Music theory might be hard to know and understand, but once your students know the core and be able to apply them to their performance, it would be such a great leap for them in the way of music enjoyment.
Don’t push too hard if your student cannot understand something. Just introduce things one step at a time. Start with basic things such as tempo and basic chords. If they can make sounds on the instrument, they will likely want to hear more and practice right away. In fact, sometimes the learners cannot make it right. It is time for you to change their mind with other knowledge such as timing and scales to help them understand why the sounds they make are not similar to yours. Make them know they should direct themselves in learning to seek new knowledge and find out the way to accumulate experiences for their own.