Good teaching material will ease your work a lot. We are always on a look-out for good ideas and materials. We have been attending the Music fair in Frankfurt (biggest music fair in Europe) for many years now. At a visit a few years ago we discovered Music Work Out - a great set of teaching materials. We found it the best thing at the whole fair! We are also happy to have become friends with the family which has developed it.
They provide 2 different cases of materials. The bigger case contains a lot of different flashcards, which are very useful for music teaching in elementary school.
The smaller case contains three different games: bingo, memory and domino. This one is appropriate for younger kids, too, introducing various music notation symbols. It is great for introduction of symbols to small kids, or for some fun time with older children.
Another thing from them that we really love is their music memory app. It is great for development of hearing and memory, and very useful for kids that can't be separated from their smartphones and tablets.
Our Custom Crash Course has already closed for application, but we are giving you a chance to attend one of the sessions for free! But we are only making it possible for those who really want it. Here is what you need to do:
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Many activities in music classes require music accompaniment. Of course it is best to play suitable music by yourself. However, sometimes this is not possible - perhaps you have to lead the kids in those activities, or you simply can't play a suitable instrument.
The CDs below (Djingalla series) are a great match for a variety of activities for kids. We also use some pieces for our classes.
Here is the recording of our webinar which explains how some parts of Gregorian Chant can be used in preschool music education. We hope you will find it interesting and useful. Let us know your thoughts.
Martin. with quite some experience in music and music education for children