It Is Okay to Make Mistakes!
We are only human after all!
I have made mistakes in front of the children before and I’m sure I will continue to do so. Whether it be getting the words and tune wrong, strumming the wrong chord on my guitar… I will correct myself or let the children know that I didn’t quite get it right. Mostly they just accept it and we carry on but sometimes they find it funny or sometimes even look at me with wonder! All is fine. I’m sure you know that as an educational professional, children need to know that we don’t always get everything right. The learning process is as much about making mistakes and trying again as it is about getting something right the first time.
Is making mistakes or the worry of getting it wrong, stopping you from doing music?
Is it singing?
Help!, I can't sing?
If you question your singing ability as you don’t think it is good enough, I can assure you that it is! I have discussed in previous blogs that there are very few people who have ‘amusia’ an inability to sing in tune. The difficulty we put ourselves under is trying to sing songs that are too tricky. The key is to simplify the type of songs that you sing with the children in your care.
What singing can with the children do?
Again simple is best. Simple tune, words and rhythm. I discuss children’s singing voices in my taster online training course ‘Singing and Rhymes with the Under 5s’ which is taken from the first week of training from Magical Music Time. We cover the basics of under 5’s singing:
- ♪ The basics that you need to know about children’s voices
- ♪ What to expect from the children
- ♪ Creating a broad repertoire
- ♪ How to choose songs and rhymes
- ♪ Playing with sounds (improvising)
- ♪ Using props to bring songs to life
- ♪ Linking songs and rhymes to topics or the children’s interests
Outcome: You will be able to select songs and rhymes suitable for the children in your setting.
This is available to purchase at certain times of the year. Click here for more details: https://musicalabc.simplero.com/pages/singingandrhymesu5s
What else can I do that's not just singing?
Challenge yourself to try a new musical activity with the children and don’t worry if it doesn’t go to plan. For example: encourage the children to respond to music through movement or art (painting, drawing, collage); playing instruments along to stories and poems; playing with sound with both voice and instruments….
Don’t let a few mistakes hold you back! Make 2018 a creative musical year with the children in your early years setting.
Happy music making!
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