This week I brought a metronome to class, and all of the children were transfixed! They did not move at all while they watched the slow swinging of the pendulum, and I was surprised by their amazing concentration.
At Rie’s Music World we try to encourage the children to get up in front of the class for small presentations. There are always some children who are a bit more shy and my daughter was one of those who used to avoid those situations. However when they see others getting up they want to encourage them, and at the same time they want to emulate them. Then when they finally push themselves to do it they feel a sense of pride, and each time after that their confidence improves.
In future classes I would like to include activities that the children will want to dive into before they even feel the embarrassment of standing in front of the class!
This week’s composer was Johann Strauss II.