Classroom Control – Starting Class

Often one of the most difficult and daunting aspects of a class period is actually starting the class period. Here are a few tips and tricks that I have found to be working for me lately. If you have anything to add, please leave a comment!

1. When students come into the classroom have them all sit down before allowing them to get their instruments. This gets them into the proper mindset for class, and gives you time to take attendance, give announcements, collect papers etc. without having to worry about them making a lot of noise.

2. Have a signal for silence and attention, and maybe even a signal for allowing them to practice while you do something (fix an instrument, find some music, etc.). Preferably something that they can participate in, like a raised hand.

3. No matter how much time it may waste, wait until all are following directions to proceed, or if they fail to follow directions make them do it again. This applies to ending a piece without talking/playing, getting instruments out quietly, entering the classroom properly, etc.

About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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