Music is a vast subject to tackle, so we want to consider which aspects of music will be most beneficial for our learners and in which order. For instance, do we want to begin by teaching them about musical instruments or musical styles? What era or eras of music do we want to focus on? Do we have the resources for students to try out different instruments? As a general rule, try to get students as close as possible to experiencing music firsthand.
Noha, Grade 7
We are trying to keep an even playing field.
No matter which component of music they have focused on, try to ensure that all students are as equally challenged and engaged by the material as possible.
Vir, Grade 6
We encourage students to share their personal and cultural musical history and experience. Exploring musical traditions and styles beyond those prominent in Western culture can open your students to a variety of new sounds and musical expressions.