For preparing performing on the YMCA’s Healthy Kids’ Day, Jacquie and decided to teach the kids playing the “Ode to Joy” on the xylophone last Saturday. We introduced who is Beethoven and how this song sounds like. I showed the pictures of Beethoven to the kids and also a amazing video of a representation of “Ode to Joy”. This video was created by The Muppets. What breaker performs in the video really attracted the kids, and after watching that video, they were interested in learning this song. I was inspired by their passion at that moment. The learning process went pretty good after they watched that video. Especially, one of the students whose name is Belina learned so fast that I was totally surprised. At the beginning, I taught them how to read the matrix of the first, second sections of ” Ode to Joy” since they haven’t learned how to read the music on the staff. I only showed Belina once how to play what she read from the matrix on the xylophone, and she tried to play it, not taking too much time, she got it and played it fluently which totally surprised me since she is usually a little bit shy in the class, but what she did that day was unexpected.
The experience of teaching on that day tells me that teaching young kids in a passionate way and make them interested in what they are learning will make things different and always believe that every student has potential. The teacher should cultivate them carefully and patiently with love and passion.
Here is the Muppet presents the ” Ode to Joy ” on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnT7pT6zCcA