My Philosophy Regarding My Teaching Material Which Is so Important to Me
This, my teaching material is not "simply" different. It is provocatively different! Generally ... for example, with the statement that a way to classical music must lead via popular classical music. But then also with many details, for example with the "ennoblement" of many modern, young works to classical music. Or my rejection of so many definitions of classical music on the internet. And that even for children. It reaches up to the statement that this, my teaching material – together with the open and free accessible website parts – is more suitable to inspire kids for classical music than it works with the child-oriented "work discussion" of single titles, like for example "Peter and the Wolf", the "Carnival of the Animals" or even the "Four Seasons". Alternatively ... stay with the tried and true and just add something new.
In the next section, it becomes clear why strawberry pastry is seen here.
This, my teaching material, is not meant to educate! It is meant to – and in addition to your existing approach, not instead of – engage kids more with what "Classical Music" has to offer. It is a pure option to simply accompany your students longer and with an alternative approach to the vicinity of perfectly suitable for an introduction to this genre of music as classical music. Don't be impressed – as a classical music lover, a conservative teacher, or a musician who prefers to play classical music – that my approach is so – at best – alternative, hip, and "cross-knitted." The material does not have to be perfect for you, but for your students. The comparison with the worm and the strawberry shortcake is listed once again: You don't catch fish with strawberry shortcake, you don't inspire me with a worm.
Fish and worms are not recognizable.
Therefore: You don't have to agree with me ... on the definition of what classical music is in the first place. Or ... how to recognize classical music. Or ... how to discover classical music. Or ... which musical works belong to classical music. And above all ... which are not. Or: whether André Rieu is good for the way to classical music.
Many parts of my teaching material you can also think of as "seed placed". Like seeds in soils in many (... or even most? ...) deserts waiting for rain once every few years. If a child knows where exactly to find the right (... not just any) path towards classical music – namely on my websites – then the journey to conservative classical music via those can still take place after many years and even decades. The keyword? "Popular"!
Good for you ...
... good for your kids.
My – felt by me – so important philosophy: The way to classical music, popular or more serious, or really conservative, leads optimally via popular classical music. Thank you for your consideration to try out or adopt this philosophy once, possibly even against your current conviction.
An Analog/Digital Concept
The XXL version (... one of two versions; the small one is free of charge) of my "Classical Music Teaching Material" can be used in face-to-face classes, but just as well in distance learning. In addition, in homeschooling, and in alternating lessons. But a mix – even double – is also possible: 20 % of the children are at home, 80 % at school. Or 15 children fill out a PDF on a smartphone or tablet during school lessons, while the remaining 10 work with paper. The entertaining and age-appropriate accompaniment relies completely on the fun of the children on the one hand, and on the quite considerable relief of the educator on the other hand: You as a teacher do not have to correct, and you could even have the correction, which the kids do anonymously together with you, moderated by a demanding video of the author. And this with watching the video works both in distance learning and in face-to-face classes (... then in a room with an interactive whiteboard or a video projector). So the correction can also be done at home, completely unaccompanied.
The pedagogical goal is to "lead" your class past the important names of many classical composers, their most popular works, and entertaining facts, to let them become acquainted with classical music, and to offer a path that, starting with popular classical music, "keeps the door open" to more challenging classical music ... later.
The project sees itself as a multimedia offering. The children listen to classical music, you inform them about classical music, and they read on the topic and explore the differences between conservative, popular and young classical music. Unusual is definitely the option of collaboration of friends (... in homework and test!) in a mini-team (... maximum 2!).
Peter Bach, Jr.
Thank you for your reading!
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