Pathways for Teaching
We all have a “teaching philosophy”, whether we realise it or not.
Mine strongly advocates holistic, personalised, life-centred education. My model of The Three Treasures of Musical Learning is a key component to complement these values.
Paying attention to all Three Treasures – and at all stages of learning, from the youngest beginner to the most advanced professional – leads to deeper learning, fuelling progress and fostering a lifelong love relationship with music.
In this article I will explain what the Three Treasures are, and offer some tips on how focusing on them can help us develop as effective teachers.
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Guest Author Paul Harris explores how lessons might best unfold.
A lesson is a journey.
A lesson is a journey. But a rather special kind of journey: more a voyage of discovery. And we, as teachers, are both pilot and guide, working alongside our pupils, sometimes planning the route together, with the ultimate intention of teaching them to guide themselves. And what makes each journey – each lesson – so exciting, is that we don’t necessarily know either the route or exactly where we are heading … until we get there! But, crucially, we need to ensure that the journey is both enjoyable and productive.
As a wise man once said – you may be able to predict the teaching, but you can never predict the learning; so, even though you might have some idea of where you want to go, the lesson may wish to go somewhere else!
We do of course have a certain amount of control over a pupil’s progress through a lesson. So let’s have a look at how learning really should work.
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