Category Archives: The organised teacher

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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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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27/60 Active Repertoire

A recent post on www.pianodao.com reminded me that I had meant to do something about “active repertoire” If you go here; https://pianodao.com/2017/10/29/christmas-repertoire-sheets/ you can read all about it, and track back to the first post on this subject. The idea … Continue reading

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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 ┬áthe 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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