“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” Shinichi Suzuki
Need some ideas for getting your students' attention on you? Here are a few fun things you can try...
THE MIRROR GAME
If you have never played the “ mirror game” with your students, you are missing out on instant classroom control magic.Kids love this game and, once established, it is an incredible efficient use of time.It also prepares your kids for silent instruction in the previous and following steps.
Rules of the Mirror Game:
1.Teacher is the “leader,” and students are the teacher’s giant mirror.
2.Rules to establish before beginning.Ask the students the following questions:
a.“Do mirrors talk?” (no)
b.“Do mirrors echo?” (no)
c.Say, “The better you are, the more I will try to trick you.”
3.Begin by putting both hands up and in front of your body as a starting signal.Hold your position until everyone is doing the same.
4.Start with both hands and arms doing the same thing, such as leaning to the right slowly with your hands still in front of you.
5.As they catch on and are silently being a mirror, switch to one arm or hand doing something different than the other, make silly faces, etc.Increase the difficulty to make it fun.I typically pull my hands apart like I am going to clap, and then pass the hands by each other without clapping.A few kids typically predict a clap and giggles abound when a few clapped.
6.Announce “Game Over.”
7.Explain that throughout the story, or sometimes in the middle of the song, you will suddenly play the “mirror game.”(This works like a dream when preparing for performances.Teach the actions, but also let them know that you are playing the mirror game during a performance so that all actions are synchronized.)