Category Archives: Listening Music

51/100 Recycling – listen and copy percussion game

I make no apologies for recycling an old post here – this site has been up and running for about 5 years and I’ve reached the point where I have forgotten more ideas than I realised. I was tracking back … Continue reading

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29/100 Listening to Music

I’ve noticed that when I ask children to listen to a piece of recorded music, that is not exactly what happens. They jiggle, interpret, pull faces, and generally react in a physical way. That’s sort of good, but, in my … Continue reading

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27/100 We’ve lost the key

Yes, turned up to teach djembe, to discover that The Key to the room where the djembes are kept and the lessons happen, was lost. I hung around for ten minutes or so while various people scattered in different directions, … 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 144: BBC Ten Pieces; Mars

I’ve just finished the second of two lessons based on Gustav Holst’s “Mars” from “The Planets”. It was particularly appropriate as it was composed between 1914 and 1916, so fits in with the World war 1 topic. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Issue 142: The BBC Ten Pieces DVD

  Just get hold of it, and show it to your class on as big a screen as possible. They will be spellbound. I issued my year 5 and 6 children with a clipboard, pencil and paper and asked them … Continue reading

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Issue 136: BBC Ten Pieces

I’m planning to use this as the basis for my year 5 6 class music teaching next term. I write this from almost complete ignorance of what it is all about; I know that the school has ordered the DVD of … Continue reading

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Issue 136: Farmer with Trombone

If you haven’t seen this, have a look/listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_-emj1qR4 Hang in there – it takes a minute or so for the action to get going….

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