By Keith Ozsvath

  1. Be organized: physically and mentally. Have a clear vision and goals.
  2. Teach procedures well at the beginning of the school year and review periodically.
  3. Set high expectations and follow your classroom management plan.
  4. Give effective feedback by communicating clearly and efficiently.
  5. Rehearse in a positive context. Richard Floyd’s book, “The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music”, he suggests:

    Instead of: “Don’t play so loud, I can’t hear the melody.”Try: “Play softer and be kind to your friends playing the melody.”

  6. Smile.
  7. Get-off the podium & move around the room. You’ll notice more about your students.
    1. Create an aisle to reach students in the last rows.
    2. Use a bluetooth receiver to stream audio or a metronome app wirelessly from your smartphone.
  8. Model often.
  9. Change-up the rehearsal routine:
    1. Change seats
    2. Watch a fun and/or educational video
    3. Give students a voice in the decision process
    4. Assign students into groups or sections for small playing competitions. Create & play a Kahoot game
  10. Pick great music that musically engages the students. Find composers and pieces that write well for every section.