Monthly Archives: December 2012

Issue 70: Welcome to the Jungle

The final issue before Christmas! Actually, the posts are not at all Christmassy - sorry about that! I have been up to my ears in Christmas carols this past week, accompanying a local primary school choir for their annual “Carols by … Continue reading

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Issue 70: Tabuteau Numbers

I’ve never heard of “tabuteau numbers”, but it sounds a fascinating way of thinking about phrasing. I follow a blog called “Kodaly and Orff Music Teachers’ blog”, written by Susan Gonsalves, which you can find here http://herdingcatsgeorge.blogspot.co.uk/ I’ve pointed you in … Continue reading

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Issue 70: The “Colouring to Music” lesson

The despised “colouring to music” lesson occasionally has its place. I taught three lessons on the last-but-one day of term; infants, lower keystage 2, and upper keystage 2. I was tired, the children were tired, the weather was foul so taking … Continue reading

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Issue 69: Welcome to the Jungle

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Issue 69: Writing a Body Percussion Piece

What to do with year 6? Well, following on from last week’s lesson of looking for patterns I decided that they knew enough now to be able to have a good go at writing their own. Many moons ago someone had … Continue reading

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Issue 69: A tough evening’s learning

Here is an account of a piano pupil’s lesson: (name, gender, age, all identifying details removed!) I am still working on persuading her to learn, and practise, her pieces in a way that leads to “deep learning”. She will skitter through … Continue reading

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Issue 69: Beatbox – Brilliant tutorial series

Last year, vicar Gavin Tyte won the Christmas Channel’s competition for a retelling of the Nativity Story with his amazing “Beat Box Nativity” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6vUzVLB6B0 He has been beatboxing for years and years and years – long before he became a vicar … Continue reading

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Issue 68: Welcome to the Jungle

Hello, hello, hello… It did actually snow last Wednesday morning. Huge, fat, fluffy snow flakes came tumbling down just as forty children came across the school playground, carrying ukuleles, just about to perform their end-of-term celebration to their parents. I … Continue reading

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