Category Archives: Composition

99/100 We’re Going on a Bearhunt

I watched the animation of this famous children’s classic story on television over Christmas. It’s been written down by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. I say “written down” rather than “written”, because, as Michael Rosen says himself, it … Continue reading

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65/100 Pentatonic Composition

Here’s an idea for call-and-response pentatonic song composition. I started by teaching the song “Hill ‘n’ Gully Ride-a” – but you can skip this step if you like. The children just need to understand the concept of call-and-response; here’s an example; … Continue reading

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60/100 The Rhythm Clock

A rhythm clock is a pattern of 12 rhythms arranged in a circle like the hours on a clock. Like this:   You can project this image on a whiteboard, and then start all kinds of fun learning activities. First … Continue reading

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5/100 Easy Peasy Composition (and evaluation)

I’m teaching composition to primary classes from Reception to Year 6 (and even a one-off inset session for Primary School Teachers) this term. Here’s how I’m going about it. First, I’ve explored dynamics (loud and soft, and changing between them) with the class. … Continue reading

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Issue 148: The Tale of Jeremy Fisher

Here’s a lesson plan that I emailed in to a primary school where I was due to teach class music, before I was felled by the chest infection that just about wrote off the first half of this term. It … Continue reading

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Issue 148: Making a Thunderstorm

Here’s another lesson emailed in from my “sick-bed”. The same considerations as before; suitable for all classes in the primary school, easy to collect the resources and deliver, easy for me to type up and send in! Thunderstorm Simulation Short … Continue reading

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Issue 147: A Recorder lesson, but with NO recorders

I was half expecting this to happen; first lesson with a new year 2 class, and the recorders weren’t ready. They were going to re-use the recorders from last term’s lessons, but what with one thing (Christmas Nativity Shows) and another … Continue reading

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Issue 146: Hot Cross Buns save the day again

Actually Hot Mince Pies, to be seasonal, but you can do this with Hot Cross Buns later this term if you like! The lesson works with ukuleles, chime bars, recorders, keyboards, any instrument where you’ve got three notes. Teach the … Continue reading

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