Elementary music teacher says the ‘key’ to teaching is rapport

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Author Sarah Guinn recently wrote an inspirational article on the importance of creating a rapport between the teacher and the student.

“More than 600 students come through Alison Smart’s classroom at Nelsonville-York Elementary School, and she can tell you a vast majority, if not all, of their names,” Principal Becky Dalton said.

From kindergarten through sixth grade, kids file into Smart’s classroom, which boasts 18 full-sized electric pianos, each with its own set of headphones.

Smart established her classroom in 2005 when she started her first — and only — teaching job at Nelsonville-York Elementary, and since then has coordinated school plays and Christmas programs, all of which have been well received by parents and community members, Dalton said.

So, how does a teacher bring out music in kids as young as kindergartners, and as old as adolescents? It’s rapport, Smart said.

To read the complete article, click here.


About mymuco1

Ian Green wears hats in many areas of the music industry including: co-founder of a technology start-up company that designs music education tools for mobile devices and the internet; music educator; music festival adjudicator; professional classical and jazz pianist; member in good standing of Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association; member of provincial council of Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association; member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association (C.M.F.A.A.) Thanks!
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