I'm here today to answer a question that someone wrote about what to do when they're young student go silent when she asked the student to count while he played. Well, I wonder if you've had this situation before or other weird things happening when you're trying to get your younger students to get on a beat while they play and you try lots of things.
If you've tried asking them to count and it hasn't worked yet, then I would like to offer you something else. You can try and this is something that works really well in groups. So if you have one student at the piano playing and the other kids are sitting down or standing up, however you've arranged them while the other one place.
But I think sitting down is easier to manage. Try them. Yes. While your student is playing. I am thinking that the kids already know the tune. They may or may not know the tune so they can hum along, but the important thing for rhythm so that the kid starts getting the beat right for rhythm is if his classmates are swaying.
And padding while they sway on the back or beat or the main beat, the quarter note of the song. So he's playing and they're patting on the ground like this while he plays. And that gives them an opportunity also to begin to internalize the beat of the song since they're going to have a chance to play too.
And it gives him moral support. Other people who are helping him with the beat, he can hear it outside. You can see other bodies moving and he may even move a little bit while he's trying to play at the piano. He or she, so this is my steady beat rhythm tip for when you have that student who just go silent.
When you say, please count the beat at the piano, give up on the words and the . Vocalizing the beat or the numbers of the beat and let the beat become something that's shared by the group and that becomes part of their bodies because as time goes on, that will become a much more stable thing and something that's much more internalized for your younger students.
Hi! I'm Ekanem Ebinne. I've been teaching school and studio music for kids for fifteen years. I love how preschool kids immediately focus on music and stay engaged longer when I use movement and development insights from Gordon Music Learning Theory. And I love hearing from teachers who took my training and found the same success with their own students. Join us on Facebook, take the free Five Day Studio De-stress Challenge, and subscribe to our mailing list to get new blog posts as soon as they're up.