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  • Be well organised, have a clear structure in mind for the lesson and give clear explanations to the children.

  • Give children clear routines to follow for each lesson.

  • Ensure children know what your expectations of them are – behavioural and work - make this very clear. They need to be fully aware of the clear pattern of consequences, rewards and sanctions. Be consistent in implementing them.

  • Give rewards for good work/behaviour – sticker charts, merit stickers, certificates, prizes.

  • Use a reward system for practising and filling in record book e.g. Practice Champ competition each term with certificates and prizes given at the end of term.

  • Give praise and encouragement to reward good behaviour - both meaningful verbal encouragement and stickers.

  • Ignore bad behaviour where possible, move towards good behaviour using proximity praise (e.g. give verbal praise to a child who’s doing the right thing).

  • Manage difficult behaviour – ignore small things, be very firm if needed.

  • Keep all children engaged, motivated and involved in the lesson through modelling, praise, encouragement, support, questioning, sharing ideas, everyone contributing, working together, giving feedback, using a wide variety of activities etc.

  • Use a wide range of resources, including note flashcards, backing tracks on MP3, white board/flipchart, HMS rock pieces, tuition books, individual CDs of backing tracks for each child, differentiated parts to support learning.

  • Give advice to aid practice during lesson. Use record books consistently to motivate, focus practice and record progress.


Have a clear routine for the children to follow from the moment they enter the room:

  • Children come in quietly, get their instruments, music and record books out and sit quietly until the start of their lesson.

  • Record books given in and Practice Champ points awarded.

  • Children sitting ready to start.

  • Tuning – involve the children in the tuning process.

  • Warm ups related to the main portion of the lesson e.g. copycats, question & answer, improvising.

  • Main part of the lesson – pieces etc.

  • Recap what the children have learnt.

  • Clear instructions re homework.

  • Record books filled in and given back.

  • Collection of reward stickers.

  • Children pack up quietly while the next group starts.