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I want to become a music teacher for smaller children like in kindergarten, is this a good idea?

Updated Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I want younger children to be exposed to various types of music because music is a major thing in the world. I do not know how to play any instruments very well besides the saxophone, which will not help me. However, I do want to try and open up a daycare with my bestfriend, and within some part of the day I want to teach them music. Also, I do want want to put on mini concerts for the parents and I know I can not do that at a daycare so I don´t know what to do. #music #children #youth #daycare #music-teaching

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Daniela’s Answer

Updated State of Goiás, State of Goiás, Brazil

Hi Jaime,

Kindergarten teachers use games, stories, group work, music, art and technology to teach social skills and academic subjects to students ages 4 to 6. They use methods learned in teacher training programs to present the basics in math, science and language arts so students become ready for first-grade work. The minimum education for kindergarten teachers is a bachelor's degree, but those who work in public schools also need a state license.

Kindergarten teachers receive training similar to that of other elementary school teachers. In all states, public school teachers need a minimum of an accredited bachelor's degree, normally in early childhood education. Private schools set their own requirements but usually require a bachelor's degree. In some states, prospective elementary or kindergarten teachers must also choose a content subject major, such as math. Required classes usually include teaching methods, curriculum planning and class management. Other typical classes for early childhood education are children's literature, language development, music and art.

One or more semesters of practice teaching are required for teacher education programs and to help fulfill state licensing requirements. For example, the kindergarten through Grade 8 credential program at California State University, Long Beach, requires a two-semester practicum which counts for 16 units of study. Student teachers observe and practice in real kindergarten or elementary classrooms under the supervision of experienced teachers. This practical classroom experience helps them test their skills and develop their teaching ability.

Kindergarten teachers must have a license to teach in public schools, although a license is optional in private schools. Certification requirements vary from state to state. In some states, teachers are licensed for specific grade levels; for example, kindergarten through Grade 8, or K-8. In addition to a bachelor's degree and internship, common state requirements include a background check, a particular grade point average and a state teacher's examination. Some states also require teachers to pass a subject matter test or take classes in educational technology.

In: http://work.chron.com/kind-education-needed-teach-kindergarten-9902.html

This link can help you with courses in teaching music for children: http://www.musikgarten.org/suited.cfm


Heather’s Answer

Updated Aurora, Illinois


This is a wonderful goal. It looks like you've got some great answers so far. I just wanted to add that you shouldn't worry about not knowing instruments other than the saxophone. As a music education major, you'll be required to learn how to play the other instruments. Elementary general music teachers come from all different musical backgrounds. Also, in some states, the teachers who teach the "specials" (art, music, PE, etc.) have different certificates that don't require you to specify a grade level. For example, my coworkers who teach the core subjects (math, english, science, social studies, etc.) have teaching certificates that only apply to a specific grade range (middle school, high school, etc.). My music certificate is for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Another thing I wanted to add, is that my son's preschool/day care program did have 2 evening concerts for the parents every school year. Just because you're not in a typical school setting doesn't mean you can't give people the musical experience you're hoping for.

Benjamin E.’s Answer

Updated Fort Worth, Texas


Teaching young children music is an amazing idea and I enthusiastically support the idea. sounds to me like you are a band kid (the saxophone gave it away). don't think playing sax for kids won't do any good. Singing along with you playing "Itsy-bitsy Spider" on the sax, or any other instrument, will help them develop a sense of pitch and make you about the coolest daycare teacher ever!

And, you most certainly put on a little mini-concert for parents at your daycare, if that's what you want to do. The parents will appreciate and it will make a great selling point for your daycare.

Now that we have put those doubts to rest, let's talk about how you are going to accomplish your goal.

First, research colleges and university with good general music programs. Most general music programs are slated at elementary and younger school kids.

Next, teach yourself or take lessons on guitar, ukelele or some other similar string instrument so that you can accompany yourself to teach songs. Break out the saxophone occasionaly to keep your cool points, but using another instrument that enables you to sing along with the kiddies is a good idea.

Lastly, be creative in your lesson ideas. Incorporate movement, simple dance, rhythm istruments, etc., to make what you are going to offer these children special.

I am very impressed that you have this as a goal. I wish you the best of luck, and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask.