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78/100 Teaching “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came”

This has to be one of my all-time favourite carols, with its haunting, lilting tune. Here’s the choir of King’s College Cambridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pliqObTHxUQ However it’s not a straightforward tune to teach to primary school children. I had a class of 7-8 … Continue reading

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Christmas Issue 116: Saturday 28th December – Singing

  Singing on prescription? Everyone knows by now, (don’t they?) that there are significant social and health benefits to singing. Research is now showing that there are definite benefits for people with lung conditions, especially chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Check … Continue reading

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Issue 89: Singing for stroke recovery

Back in January I mentioned that my mother had a major stroke. She continues to make progress in regaining some movement, but it is a very, very slow business. One health issue concerns breathing and speaking. Her voice has lost a lot … Continue reading

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Issue 63: Learning the tunes

Learning the melody is full of hidden pitfalls. It is well worth while checking out the backing tracks for the productions (if you are using them) before you commit. If the production comes with a pre-recorded CD with all the … Continue reading

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Issue 29: Funmje Alafia

This is traditional Yoruba song. You can find many versions of it on YouTube, and it is also in the OUP song book “Young Voiceworks” by Jo McNally. It is a welcome song, about offering happiness. (The Voiceworks series of songbooks from OUP … Continue reading

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Issue 29: Senwa Dedende

I have found this song in various books, including the Kodaly book “How Can I Keep from Singing”. It is also on the singup website at http://www.singup.org/songbank/song-bank/song-detail/view/9-senwa-dedende/. This is a lovely song, and works very well as a round – … Continue reading

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Issue 20: Changes to the Singup Website

Whenever I want to find a new song, this site; www.singup.org, is one of my first places to search. This fantastic, free resource has been full of good ideas since it started a number of years ago. However, all is … Continue reading

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Issue 19: Mega Whole-Class Singing Activity – Singing Playgrounds

On the website, www.singup.org, is a set of playground singing games called “Singing Playgrounds”, which is a wonderful resource for at least half a term’s work. At its simplest level, there are five songs to sing through, which all work … Continue reading

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