Even if you have to take attendance, even if you need to gather a couple of materials last minute, find a way to get your kids starting to make music right away.

Anne Mileski

Having an opening routine in your music class is a surefire way to get students primed and ready to go when they first walk into your classroom. It’s no secret that I think having an intentional beginning sequence to your lessons is important–we’ve talked about it on a couple of podcasts so far (and are linked down below)

I’ve even gone so far as to share what I do with my younger students, think Kindergarten through 2nd grade, to have a fairly established routine that they come to expect, and stays the same week to week. But what about those older students? What about the upper elementary or even middle school students who might find a “hello” song or echo singing to be a bit too baby-ish? (even though it’s not, but that’s a topic for another day).

Today on the podcast, I’m going to give you 3 surefire ways to jumpstart your music class. 

Here’s a few things we talk about on today’s episode

(1) The overall goals of an opening routine, whether it’s the same week to week or constantly evolving.

(2) Ways to engage your students as they are literally walking into your classroom.

(3) How to tap into students’ independent musicianship in the first 10 minutes of your music lesson.

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