If you’ve ever been intimidated by the thought of teaching music or felt that your music curriculum needed a boost, and you need more guidance than reading an article or two, then I have the perfect online course for you: Musically Montessori.
There is a lot I can do, but the thought of teaching music always scared me a little (ok, a lot). Oh, we had plenty of music in my class… we danced and sang every day; we enjoyed movement games, listened to music from around the world, and talked about composers. But I never had formal music education myself. I don’t know the fundamentals of music. I’ve picked up a few cursory skills over the years, but I never felt confident as a teacher of music.
Are you like me? Are you a teacher who wants to go beyond music CDs and rhythm sticks, but you’re not sure how to make it happen? Does picking up a book on how to teach music feel like reading gobbledygook? Did you have some music instruction in your training, but don’t feel like it was enough? Are you looking for a developmentally appropriate way to teach music to a group of young children? If so, then you need Carolyn Lucento in your life.
through December 16
There is a lot to love about this course… including Carolyn herself! Carolyn is a great presenter with irresistible charm. It’s no wonder she was the beloved music teacher to hundreds of children in the San Francisco Bay area for many years. She is also a certified Montessori teacher and teaches music instruction to AMS teacher trainees.
What is included in this course?
In this course, Carolyn lays out a twelve-week music curriculum for the 3-6 year old Montessori/preschool classroom. But, frankly, with the number of extensions and variations she provides, I think you could make this curriculum last a full year.
Carolyn starts with the basics of gathering your materials, setting up a music shelf, and getting some routines and procedures in place to help you manage group music lessons.
Her music curriculum is based on the Orff-Schulwerk method, which is highly compatible with the Montessori approach. She covers topics such as Steady Beat, High and Low, Presto and Largo, Piano and Forte, and more.
What I love most about this course is that Carolyn actually demonstrates how to teach these concepts during group time. You can watch her videos to see exactly what to do. Not only that, she also shows you activities to put on the music shelf so children can practice the skills they’re learning. She provides free printables for almost all the card materials shown in the course! And as a special bonus, she has also included free mp3 downloads for some of the music she recommends!
How does it work?
This is an on-demand online course. Once you sign up, you get access to the full contents right away. The course has 12 modules consisting of 45-75 minutes of video each, a downloadable PDF lesson plan, printable materials for the music shelf, and a music playlist with links to purchase the recommended tracks, plus some free bonus downloadable mp3s. You have access to the course for one year. You may view the videos at your convenience as often as you like.
Carolyn did a free Facebook Live for our readers a few years ago. You can watch the replay here. This free presentation has a ton of free tips and ideas so be sure to check it out when you get a chance! You will get a sense of Carolyn’s personality (she’s wonderful) and a sneak peek at some of the contents of the course.
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