ABCs and 123s of Teaching Songs

February 17, 2016 at 6:42 am | Posted in Children's Songs | 2 Comments

I had the pleasure about a year ago to do a presentation at the ETJ Expo in Japan, to some very enthusiastic teachers. I did another presentation this year, but more on that later!

The basic idea of the presentation was the simple way to get started teaching with songs. I’ve written about this before, but it never hurts to review. So here it is:

ABCs of teaching Songs

A- Always smile.

B- Be Yourself.

C- Continuous Eye Contact with students.

To keep it simple, smile and your students will enjoy singing with you. Be yourself, if you are low key, be that way. If you are energetic, that’s great too. Either way, teach how you feel comfortable. Always look around the room and make eye contact with all of your students. That let’s them know that you are interested in how they are doing!

1, 2, 3, Go! Method

1- Pre-teach vocabulary

2- Teach the songs actions

3- Sing the song!

This is the easiest way I can break down teaching a song. Teach the vocabulary and actions, then sing the song. Or just start singing and the students will pick it up.

My point of this post? Enjoy what you are doing, be yourself and sing, sing sing! Oh, and need a song to try this with? Feel free to download one of my 100 or so for free here!



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  1. Good tips! Simple, useful and easy to follow. Have a nice weekend, Matt!

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