While the average general music class may be driven by a text book, there are ways to increase interest and participation. Think about how many students currently receive or would like to start guitar lessons. The guitar is an instantly accessible instrument and it can be leveraged into a classroom ensemble. This doesn’t mean you have to start guitar lessons in class, it just means it may be time to consider adding the guitar to your music lesson plans.
Another thing to consider adding to your music lesson plans are educational games. There are seemingly infinite options for this but you can keep it simple by making your own. It may take some time to create your own educational game but it makes sense. Only YOU know what’s best for your music students. There is no out-of-the-box solution that will be perfect. You can base the game on clapping rhythm exercise, or use flashcards, or bingo or Jeopardy game.
Just in case you want to try that last idea, here is a link to a free Jeopardy game creator: https://www.superteachertools.net/jeopardyx/
Once you have your education game created, then add it to your music lesson plan. It’s easy to justify games when they are used as an assessment tool and NOT as a teaching tool. And if you don’t need a test on that particular day in that particular lesson plan, wouldn’t it be more fun to play a game?
To tie this all together, you can create an educational game based on the students in your class receiving guitar lessons. Ask students who are learning guitar to each teach the class one thing they learned on the guitar. By adding that to your music lesson plans, you then have cooperative learning and peer-to-peer instruction!