A great way to get the children in your class to buy-in to your music lessons is to provide them with examples of music that they know. Pop music is a simple way to do this. From doing workshops in primary schools all over Ireland, we've noticed that children have a surprisingly wide range of knowledge when it comes to pop music, whether it be from today's charts or back in time to the 70s and 80s.
Videos of pop music often feature dance moves, costumes and storytelling. They can be a useful platform to begin discussion on what instruments were used or try to figure out what decade the song is from based on hairstyles and fashion!
Shane Mc Kenna is a musician and music teacher based in Dublin, Ireland. He studied Music Education and Music Technology in Trinity College Dublin where he became a leading researcher and developer in the area of new musical notation and collaborative music. He has guest lectured in Ireland and abroad based on his work developing new systems of teaching and learning about music, inside and outside the classroom.
Shane has been teaching music for 12 years, to all ages, in both individual lessons and group workshops. With DabbledooMusic he has hosted family music workshops and school workshops with thousands of parents, teachers and children, including St Patrick's College and Froebel College. All of this experience is now ready to be shared through online courses and resources at DabbledooMusic.com.