Category Archives: The organised teacher

13/60 New Term, New Start, New Post

I vaguely remember stating that I would attempt to do 60 posts this year – but I appear to have had an unintended Music Jungle sabbatical for several months. Right – let’s do some sums; there are seventeen weeks left … Continue reading

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2017/2 Teaching Ukulele TAB

I’ve a couple of ukulele classes to teach this year. One group, of year 5 and 6 children, have already done ukulele as a class instrument a couple of years ago, so I didn’t want to just follow my tried … Continue reading

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83/100 Discussion Groups

You know the scenario… you play a piece of music, and then ask questions about it. Three children put their hands up, and the others watch and wait. I noticed that in many primary school classes, the children are assigned … Continue reading

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64/100 The Post-It Window

I follow  the www.teachpianotoday.com site, and often use ideas that they suggest. I’m pretty sure this one came from them, but I haven’t been able to track it down. Anyway, here it is; Can you see, under the coloured pencils, … Continue reading

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63/100 Colouring-In for speedy learning

Going back to the contents of my teaching pencil-case, let’s talk about “colouring-in”. I don’t mean the mindfulness colouring books which are the current fashion! Here’s an example – the ABRSM Grade 5 piano piece, “Tarantella” At first sight, the … Continue reading

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62/100 My Piano Teaching Pack

This little bag (about A5 size) comes to all the piano lessons that I teach.  And here is what lives inside: Items: A pair of castanets – for rhythm work Some coloured pencils – for livening up notes in the … Continue reading

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56/100 Those Mixed Keyboard Ensembles

This is my second year of teaching mixed ability, mixed age, mixed experience keyboard ensembles. There is a long history behind these groups, which is lost in the mists of time. The situation at the moment is that there are … Continue reading

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55/100 The New Term Starts – PLANNING!

I’ve been notified of my school classes for this coming year, and am beginning to schedule where I go to teach what and when! Always a tricky one. The school classes are sorts: Ukulele on Monday afternoons, Class Music on … Continue reading

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