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31/100 I wish I’d bought this book years ago

I’m slowly reading through “Classroom Management for Art, Music and PE Teachers” by Michael Linsin. I’ve downloaded it onto my Kindle for £4.95, but you can also buy it as a paperback. I found the book through his website, www.smartclassroommanagement.com, which … Continue reading

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30/100 Learning Show Songs

It’s the less fun, less interesting part of music – when you are teaching the songs for a music performance. To children who are used to music lessons being a variety of activities – singing, pulse and rhythm games, listening, … Continue reading

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21/100 “When I say ’5′….”

The hardest part of teaching class music, I have found, is not the music teaching part at all. Take this all-too-familiar scenario; “Children, it is time to put the instruments away.” Your next words “Put the shakers carefully in the … Continue reading

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4/100 Counting to Silence

(If you are wondering why this post is numbered 4/100, it is because I have challenged myself to post at least 100 posts in 2016!) I’m a great believer in NOT adding any more energy into a situation which needs calming … Continue reading

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Tuesday 23rd June – Obtaining Silence

That magical moment just before a performance starts, the perfect synchronising of a whole class rest, rest, the quivering air at the end of a good samba when everyone has stopped together… which is then ruined by a child who always wants … Continue reading

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Monday 11th May – ELEVENSES

yum yum; like Winnie the Pooh (the original, not the Disney version of course!) I do like a little smackeral of something in the middle of the morning. But this is not a post about cake or biscuits. This is … Continue reading

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Sunday 26th April – Play and Stop

At the beginning of the week I embarked upon my first ever time of teaching recorders to year 1 classes. I was feeling my way here… Following a chat with a professional recorder player who teaches recorder at every level from beginner … Continue reading

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Sunday 26th April – BOOMWHACKER RULES

Sometimes I feel like the Wicked Witch of the East (Wizard of Oz), but that’s just part of teacher-life… I began the first boomwhacker lessons with the following warnings…. Anyone who whacks or taps anyone else, either on purpose or … Continue reading

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