March 2010- Fermata and Parent Relationships

March Greetings!
Wow, what a great experience the Olympics have been.  I thought I would only go into Vancouver on a couple of days but no I was caught up in the excitement and mayhem and went down five times.  The feeling was fun, chaotic, entertaining and busy. 

Isn't that like our classes sometimes?  But, when you get right down to it, if our classes weren't a little bit of every emotion, it wouldn't be an MYC class! 

This month is spring break and I'm looking forward to a 2 week break that will rejuvenate and inspire me to teach with enthusiasm and excitement until the end of May.  Trust you will also have wonderful rest as we go into the last few months of teaching. 

 Mrs. Lois
MYC Certiļ¬ed Teacher
Solo Time Music Games

                       Music Tips - Fermata

The other day I taught the "fermata" sign.  I decided that I would review the concept with my other classes but it seemed no one could remember what it was and only a few remember what it did.  So what to do?  

I explained (again) that the "fermata" is sometimes called the "conductors eye" and that it meant that you couldn't move on to the next note, until the conductor gave you  permission to do so. I, then, drew a huge eye, using the "fermata" and for three weeks in a row, we sang the closing song, with the "fermata".   At various parts in the song, I lifted the "fermata" sign up and the
children had to hold the note until I put the sign down.  Sometimes, I held the "fermata" up for a long time and sometimes just a short time.  The children loved it!  The "fermata" put the fun in music class and the concept was finally understood.

    "Your Relationship with Your Parents"

It's always easy for me to build a relationship with my students.  But, it is the parents who pay the monthly fee and it's with them, that I  really need to build a relationship with, for them to consider staying on in lessons from year to year.
Here are some things to consider?
1) Am I trustworthy? Do they feel like they are getting their money's worth?  To gain that trust I must be prepared, planned and ready to teach when they come into class.  
2) What's my image?  Dressed to teach or dressed to work on the garden? Impressions go a longway whether its first time or week 28.
3) Keeping in touch?  How often do you contact your parents to ask how things are going?  Once a month? Twice a year? Never?  If you think, that if they don't call you with a problem, that means everything is all right, you may be right but how about taking care of that question with a quick phone call?   Phoning   and touching base means you care and caring builds relationship, and
relationship brings your students back next year.

4) Thank you?  Thank your parents for giving of their time to commit to you.  Thank them for coming to you with a concern regarding their child, thank them for reminding you that you forgot to hand out stickers. If they come to you are are really ticked off about something, you said or did, listen to their concerns and thank them.  It cools things down really quickly and it shows your value
their concerns.

5) Benefits?  They are tremendous.  You will have returning students for the fall, enrollment of siblings and  referrals to their friends, family and acquaintances.