Class percussion lessons can be enormous fun and hugely rewarding for students and teachers alike. Hand percussion is so accessible for all students, regardless of ability or experience and enables them to join in with a subject where they can easily feel out of their depth. And for teachers, getting a whole class jam going, and seeing students really enjoying themselves is priceless.
However, compared to a lesson of keyboards-with-headphones, this is noisy music at its best (or worst, depending on what experiences you have had!!). If students aren't sure of their rhythms or are intent on just randomly hitting stuff it will just devolve into a terrible noise. This can be unpleasant for everyone concerned and can easily put students off, rather than showing them how exciting music truly...
The beginning of a school year is always super busy, with classrooms to set up, equipment to organise, class lists to print and analyse and possibly new staff to settle in.
Planning the first lesson, especially if you have new students, can be tricky.
Firstly, the students will have been out of a learning environment for around 6 weeks. Whilst some may have been active, getting out and about and still learning in different ways, it is a sad truth that many will have played non-stop X-box or watched TV and barely seen the light of day for 6 weeks. So waking up your students' brains is a good way to start.
Secondly, you may have new students. Your entire intake year will of course not only be new to you but to the entire school and its routines, and students here will be struggling to make friends, find their way around and cope with a number of new routines and teachers. You may also have new classes across the school with...