Tag Archives: notation

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 124: First Steps in piano (or keyboard)

I’ve been trying out different ways of introducing notation to young keyboard/piano students. This worked surprisingly well in the year 3 Wider Opportunities Keyboard class I started teaching back in September: I taught “D” as the first note, and each key … Continue reading

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New Year Issue 117: Monkey Business

Lying in bed before the alarm went off this morning, I came up with this little body/vocal percussion number Monkey Business 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + Big Ba- boon (stamp) (click) Chimp-  -an zee (click)  (click) tan … Continue reading

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Issue 104: The “Deda Robot” Game, and the “Cyborg” game

On the whole I try and post about things that anyone can do without having bought expensive CDs and books. I’m wary of encouraging people to buy a particular resource, especially when it costs around £30. However the ACBlack “Developing Music … Continue reading

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Issue 103: First “Wider Opps” Keyboard Lesson

  I haven’t taught Wider Opportunities Keyboards for a couple of years now. However, this year, I have got a year 3 (aged 7) class for keyboards which has given me a chance to re-think how I approach things.   … Continue reading

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Issue 68: Finding Patterns

As part of a series of lessons on music form with a year 5 and 6 class, I gave them the task of going through a piece of notated music and colour coding all the bars with matching patterns. The … Continue reading

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Issue 59: Composing simple “So-Mi” songs

I was delighted at how quickly the children were able to understand the concept of a simple notation for writing songs based on the two notes “soh” and “mi”, as used in the “Star Light” song. Having learned to sing … Continue reading

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Issue 16: Can’t they read music yet?

So, you have been teaching the children for a whole term, and they still can’t read the music yet!  How hard can it be to read just three notes? The most single effective tool I use in assessing whether the … Continue reading

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