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FAVORITE SONGS FOR SCHOOL AND HOME
The Blackboard.—Lessons in music written on the blackboard the moment they are wanted are al­ways more interesting to pupils than such as are con-tained in a book. The teacher should accustom him* self to write with ease and rapidity, and should do-pend more upon the blackboard lessons than upon any others. The board should have the lines of the staff painted upon it, so as to save the time of the teacher. The staff, without clefs, should also be so cut into the slates of the pupiLs that it may always be ready for use when they are called upon to write what is sung, as well as to sing what is written. The time which is occupied in writing a lesson is not lost in a well-regulated school, for the pupils will watch the movements of the teacher with interest, and will ex­amine each note and character as it is written. It may also at times be desirable for the teacher to have his pupils name the tones as he writes them. No
written lessons can possibly do away with the neces­sity for the blackboard. If all the teachers in the world should set themselves to writing lessons, and all the printers in the world should be employed to print them, and all the shops should be full of the books containing them, and all the pupils in the world should have all the money in the world with which to purchase all the books of printed lessons in the world, and every pupil should be furnished with a copy of every book that was ever printed, still the necessity for the blackboard would remain. It might indeed be superseded in part by a sufficiency of printed lessons, so far as practical vocal exercises are concerned; but yet for these it can never be given up by a good teacher; but even if it were given up for these, it would still be needed constantly for the illustration of such subjects as will be constantly com. ing up in teaching. The idea of giving up the black*
CHIDE MILDLY THE ERRING.
W. B. Bradbury.
board is preposterous; and any one who entertains the thought of doing without one, proves almost con­clusively that he cannot be a good practical teacher. Perhaps our language on this point may appear to be strong, but surely there is nosubject on which we feel a greater degree of certainty than this. That the black-board 13 an indispensable requisite in every well-furnished school-room, whatever be the subject taught, is the concurrent testimony of all good teachers in all parts of the world, in all departments of school-teaching. It is needed, too, from the beginning to the end of a course; it is not to be used for a few of the first lessons, and then to be given up; its use is never to be wholly discontinuec1T. F. Seward,
Don*T Drag.—How should the congregation sing ? With animation and pleasure, as if they liked it. Let the tune be announced in a clear, emphatic, and per­haps lively manner, and let the people take it up boldly and quickly. " Push things." There is more danger of dying of dullness than galloping into an unseemly canter. In a plain choral the time may be quite rapid, if the last note of each line is held slighdy. Most peo­ple cannot hold a long breath, and unless they sing fast cannot sing at all. Rather than drag the psalm out in­to the d reary funeral-procession pace commonly heard, we had better be a little too gay. It is the slow and heavy style of performance that has brought church music into certain disrepute that it doe* not deserve*
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