Why use centers in the music room?
Often as elementary school music teachers, we spend a lot of our instructional time direct teaching. With the push in the school systems for a more student-directed approach to instruction, we often struggle with finding a way to allow students to freely explore and play in the music room. Centers are a great way to allow students this opportunity to meaningfully discover music in a student-led environment, while still having structure and organization in your classroom to manage equipment and behaviors.
Other benefits include:
- Promoting student ownership of learning.
- Encouraging responsibility and problem-solving.
- Teacher has the opportunity to act as a facilitator, while students explore, create, and play.
- Teachers can use the time to assess students one on one.
- Can easily be differentiated to meet the needs of different learners.
- Centers are hands-on, engaging, and fun!