I have been tasked with leading a group of 5th graders, once class per grading period, with a "music" class. I have taught middle school for most of my career so I am just seeking advice for 5th grade class. My principal wants me to treat it as I would my beginner class for the 1st 6 weeks, but talking with a 5th grade teacher, it was suggested not to bore them, which is usually what those first 6 weeks of beginning band does.
I want to sell them on it, but not bore them to death about it. I am considering recorders, and talking about our ta's and ti-ti's, but I am going to avoid doing much percussive instruments, because that's all they are going to want to do.
Thank you in advance, I will gladly take any suggestions, and have a great year.