Category Archives: Class Teaching

Subdividing the Pulse – Movement

One of my piano teachers, the one that taught me through to my Teaching Diploma, was fanatical in demanding accuracy in subdividing the pulse. So much so, that when I heard a subway busker playing Bach on her flute, it … Continue reading

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The First Guitar Lesson

I did it! I survived! We all did it and survived – it was a magnificent piece of planning and cooperation and teamwork. I’m talking about the first Whole Class Ensemble Session of the year with a cast of the … Continue reading

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42/60 A Surfeit of Christmas Concerts

The joy of working in several different schools is that you experience different school cultures, environments, collect new ideas, meet so many lovely people. But at this time of year I take a rather different view; Tomorrow (Saturday) is the … Continue reading

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37/60 Finger Puppets and Recorders

My finger puppets have been working hard. I was able to teach a class of thirty year 3 children how to play the note “C” in just a few minutes. This was in the seventh of a series of ten … Continue reading

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36/60 Getting the children in and out

Most of my “transitions” with a class of primary school children happen in quite an orderly fashion, but I have one class of year 3s who chitter like a a cage of agitated monkeys as they move from classroom to … Continue reading

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33/60 Ballet with year 1 and 2 – next lesson

A few weeks ago I posted on this topic; what happened was that I thought I would be teaching in the hall (no IT, no big screen, just me, the children, instruments and my music system) when I was “bounced” … Continue reading

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32/60 The Elevator Song

  This is a song to teach by rote; at the end of it you sing up the scale 1 2 3 4 5, and back down 5 4 3 2 1. Once this is secure, you can then choose … Continue reading

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31/60 Hoovering and Swooping

  When the children in the choir slide between every note in the song… It is quite hard to break them of this horrible habit. Every time there is a leap between two notes they slither from one to the … Continue reading

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