Summer violin course

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said: Oct 27, 2010
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The private school where I teach group violin classes is offering a room to any teacher who wants to conduct a summer class for the month of July. I will have access to violins, no problem, but I have 2 1/2 hours, 5 days a week to teach 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders.
It is such a wonderful opportunity, but the idea of so much time to entertain and teach is a bit daunting for someone who is only used to hour lessons at the most! If anyone out there has any ideas, PLEASE share and thanks!

said: Oct 28, 2010
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Will these be complete beginners or will some of your current students be likely to enroll?

One suggestion would be to break up the time into manageable chunks, something like
15 minutes morning greeting/meeting/time for stragglers to arrive
30 minutes focused violin activity
15 minutes more relaxed general music activity (rhythm games etc)
5 minutes break/down time
30 minutes focused activity (maybe violin, maybe music theory)
5 minutes break
20 minutes craft/game (maybe something more physically active, could include musical theme like composer awareness)
15 minute activity (preferably brings concepts together, maybe vocal activity)
5 minute closing meeting

The key thing is to keep them moving from “station” to “station” and make the activities different enough from one another to keep interest high. You could also have each child be responsible (later in the week) for “show and tell” with a musical theme—bring in a fact about Bach or talk about your favorite music. If you have access to technology, you could show videos or play CDs. Plan for something for the parents for the final hour on the last day—a miniconcert with cupcakes or something.

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