Step ONE introduces practice as a game and sets the standards for the team to be successful.


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"Music You Can Read" has many applications in the general music classroom.  From a highly structured and disciplined team atmosphere, to loosely structured cooperative center activities, and most important, individual activities where the student sets the pace.  From this page you can begin lessons that lead the instructor through step-by-step methods for success!  Choose what you feel meets the needs of your particular situation, or you can skip directly to our  Teaching Index; a sample of  lesson plans using many of  the materials found within "Music You Can Read."

Discipline and music, it seems the two terms were meant to go together;
Music = Discipline, for what would music be without discipline?  Practice, practice, practice is the name of the game, and at the elementary level, as a game, practice brings discipline to the mind! 

Students should enter the classroom in a HIGHLY STRUCTURED PATTERN.  This places high expectations on the individual to meet the needs of the "team."  Should any student deviate from the PATTERN the entire class MUST reenter the classroom.  Think of it as instructions for getting on and off risers; when it comes to meeting this objective, your are already ahead of the game.  There are no second chances for this "first impression."  Such is the case with entering the class.  The way a class enters your classroom says a lot about how successful they will be in the lesson.  Here are a few examples of highly structured patterns of student movement within your classroom.


Students enter in a single line, setting in assigned seats, or filling up one row at a time. Student may sit only after the person in front of them has taken their seat. Students should NEVER scatter for seats!


Students leave by row (as in leaving a bus). Students leave by word associations from teacher - "those wearing blue" "yellow", etc.  Students who earned a certificate may line up first. Student's should never scatter to form a line!


Word associations (see above) Row by row Student's should never lunge for materials!
It is important that students know what is best for the team is best for them.  Structured movement within the room makes greater use of the time.  No traffic jams means everybody gets started on time. 

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