Monthly Archives: November 2012

Issue 64: Welcome to the Jungle

Half term came and went in a flash this time. My PDQ Bach didn’t arrive until earlier this week, and I still haven’t had a chance to listen to it. I am hoping to be able to share ”New Horizons in Music … Continue reading

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Issue 64: Hello Children Everywhere

I have a three-CD set of songs that I vividly remember from my youth. We listened to them on the Saturday morning radio programme ”Children’s Choice”. My copy of the CD didn’t look like this, but I bet it is all the … Continue reading

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Issue 64: Miss Mary Mack and the Ukulele

My Wider Opportunities ukulele classes seem to be going well – it is the first time I have taught ukulele and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. As usual, it has proved impossible to use the same material for … Continue reading

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Issue 64: When it is impossible to teach

There are times when it is totally impossible to deliver a music lesson. Like this week: I was just starting a series of lessons on musical form, and in particular sonata form, with a bright and eager class of year … Continue reading

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Issue 63: Welcome to the Jungle

As I type, fireworks are whizzing and popping all around. I know that bonfires and firework displays will be a hot topic when I go back to school on Monday (image from wikipedia). I have found a nice little lesson … Continue reading

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Issue 63: Learning the tunes

Learning the melody is full of hidden pitfalls. It is well worth while checking out the backing tracks for the productions (if you are using them) before you commit. If the production comes with a pre-recorded CD with all the … Continue reading

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Issue 63: Learning the words

I’ve always been far better at learning the tune than at remembering the words of songs. However, I have usually managed to learn all the words for all the Christmas Productions every year. This comes of spending whole afternoons teaching them … Continue reading

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Issue 63: Bonfire Night

Here is a resource for creating a Fireworks Dance: http://education.scholastic.co.uk/content/13869 The page includes this picture, and this free poem full of fizzy, crackling words, and a complete lesson plan for creating a fireworks-themed dance sequence in the context of a PE lesson. … Continue reading

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