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Remembering music lessons

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shouldwestayorshouldwego Thu 15-Sep-16 22:00:06

I'm wondering what strategies your dc use to remember their music lessons. Dd is in yr 7 and will be having piano lessons but at a different times each week so different lessons are disrupted. It was the same in primary but there the teacher collected them. Now she has to remember. I'm guessing that they won't want alarms going off so how else do they remember? Do they tell the teacher at the beginning of the lesson they need to leave early? We are still struggling a little with the organisational aspects of secondary school.

exampanic Thu 15-Sep-16 22:10:16

Here they need to tell the teacher at the beginning of the lesson . they have a work planner, and they write it in there. When they just started they put a post it note in the front of their work planner as well.
And they still occasionally forgot resulting in a lot of shouting from me about them wasting money......

Acopyofacopy Thu 15-Sep-16 22:10:17

In my school it's up to students to remember music lessons. They write them in their planners - you could write the time on her hand the morning of the music lesson or stick a post it note in the book the lesson is going to be in?
My students usually tell me at the beginning of the lesson that they have their music lesson at X time. I don't have the headspace to remind them, it's up to them to remember to go.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Thu 15-Sep-16 22:15:43

Oh I didn't think that the teacher would remind her. A note in her planner is a good idea. Having warned you that they have a lesson do they normally put their hands up when it is time to go or just slink out?

exampanic Thu 15-Sep-16 22:17:47

Not sure, they are all in bed now so can't ask....

raspberryrippleicecream Fri 16-Sep-16 00:27:12

If your DC has a phone, get them to take a photo of the wall planner with the timetable on. If not, make sure they always have several weeks ahead written down. Ours jump 2 ahead each week, to make sure it's a different lesson, but sixth form lessons are fixed, so it isnt an exact science.

It depends on the teacher I think re the leaving.

Balletgirlmum Fri 16-Sep-16 00:30:21

Ds sets a vibrate alarm to go off on his phone or iPad to remind him.

Balletgirlmum Fri 16-Sep-16 00:31:01

At his school planners are online on their iPads.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Fri 16-Sep-16 06:43:04

Photo of the timetable for lessons is a good idea (already have them for other timetables). I'm not sure if they can have phones on vibrate - they are supposed to be turned off. They don't have ipads.

exampanic Fri 16-Sep-16 09:01:23

No ipads here either. Yes, phones off here as well, but don't think dd turns it off...Wouldn't recommend this for first year of sec school, as another thing to remember. Safer to just switch off.

And yes, they do ask the teacher before actually leaving the classroom.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 16-Sep-16 09:04:16

We gave up and had private lessons as the teachers often didn't release the kids for music lessons if there were tests at school.

Ds used to write the lesson in his planner to remember.

OldBeanbagz Fri 16-Sep-16 09:13:20

DD put her phone on vibrate and has to the teacher at the start of the lesson. It's also in her planner.

She has 3 lessons a week to remember so a lot on. In the last school year she was the only pupil not to miss a single piano lesson!

DS on the other hand was so anxious that he would forget to go that we switched to lessons outside of school.

catslife Fri 16-Sep-16 09:27:37

A few years ago now, but dd wrote the time of the lesson in planner and told the teacher at the start of the lesson.
The only time it was a problem was when she had to leave during a PE lesson!

exampanic Fri 16-Sep-16 14:01:04

o, no dc are able to change lessons if tests or PE.

drummersmum Sun 25-Sep-16 21:11:34

Alarm on his Casio watch!

Drivingmadness Mon 26-Sep-16 08:52:31

Well, dc2 forgot her lesson last week. She is in year 9 so should have known better??? Luckily there was a slot available later on the day due to illness of other pupil..

ElizabethHoney Fri 21-Oct-16 00:11:35

Write it in planner - and on her hand (I know it looks bad but it helps!).

And get her to ask her friends to remind her. Maybe bribed with sleepover + pizza for 3 of them at the end of each term where she doesn't forget (another) single lesson?!

LordTrash Fri 21-Oct-16 00:14:28

For my dd the problem is getting time to look at the noticeboard - massive school and limited break/lunch times, so she only gets to see it when she's in that part of the building. I'm still trying to work it out - have asked if timetables can be put on the school intranet, since dd has Aspergers and quite enough to be getting on with, thank you.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Fri 21-Oct-16 00:24:49

Well half a term in and she hasn't forgotten one yet. Her teacher seems to book the next one at the end of her lesson and she writes it in her piano homework book. She has also managed to somehow shift her lesson from a day with her favourite lessons to a less interesting day! She seems happy with her new teacher too.

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