In other words, even a very simple song will make a lasting impression on a small child. Even a very simple song will demonstrate that a lesson on children’s music can fill a child with happiness. By filling a child with happiness, children’s music helps those children to form a more positive attitude. A child who learns a new song develops greater self-confidence.
Once a teacher realizes the importance of music for children, that teacher will want to teach his or her class some new songs. How should a teacher approach that challenge? The following paragraphs offer a few suggestions. They are suggestions that have been tested in weekend classes where small children have learned about virtues.
Experts on children's music suggest that a teacher first purchase a CD that has the song he or she wants to teach a class. The teacher should listen carefully to that song. The teacher should play the song over and over, remembering to pay attention to both the melody and the rhythm. While listening to the song, the teacher might consider some other hints for those expected to teach music for children.
For example, it has been shown that children learn a song faster if they can sing it over and over. In other words, the teacher should plan time for repeated choruses of the same song. The teacher might want to assist the learning of words to the song by introducing various pictures. The children would learn faster if shown a picture that represented something mentioned in the new song.
Sometimes while teaching music for children an instructor provides assistance with the learning of acting skills. Many times a children’s song will call for the addition of hand or finger movements. Sometimes the singers are also encouraged to use facial expressions. All of those elements help to make the song more fun. Those movements also help the child to remember the words of the song.
Percussion instruments can help a child to learn the rhythm of a song. Percussion instruments also make the learning of a song more fun. A teacher does not need to buy a lot of percussion instruments. Many such instruments can be made from items around the home. An aluminum pie pan, for example, makes a good instrument.
To sum-up briefly what has been said above, someone teaching children a new song should choose a simple song. That teacher should have the children sing the song many times, using pictures or hand movements to reinforce the words. The teacher might also want to provide the children with some rhythm instruments to use while singing. A successful music session with small children could teach those children a song that will “last a whole life long.”