Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tuesday 23rd June – Obtaining Silence

That magical moment just before a performance starts, the perfect synchronising of a whole class rest, rest, the quivering air at the end of a good samba when everyone has stopped together… which is then ruined by a child who always wants … Continue reading

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Monday 22nd June – Hot Cross Buns

  When teaching “Hot Cross Buns” to beginner recorder groups – well, any beginner woodwind groups, try changing the words to “Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns, THREE-a-penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns” It’s just that if the fingering is … Continue reading

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Sunday 21st June – Encore, Frere Jacques!

Last week’s sessions on Frere Jacques with boomwhackers worked so well, that I devised a follow-on. Once again, I divided the class into four teams, but this time allocated 2 each of the boom whackers for C D E F … Continue reading

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Monday 15th June – Year 1 Recorders

Years ago, I had a fairly torrid time, teaching recorders to a group of year 2 children. I was inexperienced, easily coerced, and gave way with certain misgivings which were well-founded. It was grim and unrewarding and left me with a … Continue reading

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Saturday 13th June – Boomwhackers en francais

This week’s Boomwhacker lessons with years 4, 5 and 6 revolved around the song ”Frere Jacques”. (If I knew how to add an accent to the “e” in “frère” , and could remember which direction they were supposed to go in, I … Continue reading

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Friday 12th June – Hi There, I’m still here!

I guess this “comment” from the spam box says it all; Hi admin, i see your blog needs fresh posts. Daily updates will rank your website in google  higher, content is king nowadays. If you are to  lazy to write … Continue reading

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