Monthly Archives: September 2011

Welcome to issue 4

Issue 4 of the Music Jungle has made it onto the website.  There was a major struggle getting the aliens into position so that they sat on the right lines for each instrument but we won in the end.  All … Continue reading

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Issue 4: Action Song; Tony Chestnut Knows I Love You

This is a version of “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes” with the same amount of manic bending and stretching. The children will enjoy the puns in the song once they know the actions; simply point to each part of the body as … Continue reading

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Issue 4: Here come the aliens – catch them if you can!

Question: What’s the difference between playing a computer game and playing music? Answer: Almost nothing.  Let’s investigate further; Playing a Computer Game Playing  Music The scenes scroll past your eyes The page doesn’t move Your eyes don’t move Your eyes track across … Continue reading

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Issue 4: Inspiration: “to teach is to learn twice”

I came across this quotation early on in my teaching career, and it has stayed with me. Today, (thank you google and Wikipedia), I discovered that it is a quotation from a Frenchman, Joseph Joubert, a moralist and essayist, born … Continue reading

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Welcome to Issue 3 of The Music Jungle

The Music Jungle is an on-line magazine centred on the world of teaching music. In this issue there are four articles; an account of a Wider Opportunities C clarinet lesson, the perils of accompanying Saint-Saen’s “The Swan”, playing the “Zum … Continue reading

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Issue 3: First Lesson of Term; Wider Opportunities; Lyons C Clarinets

We’ve done the warm up, the song, and the game, and it’s the moment the children have been waiting for. Everyone is persuaded to sit down; the clarinets are handed out with instructions NOT TO OPEN THEM YET.  The inventory numbers on … Continue reading

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Issue 3: No more Swans. Please.

This is just a short plea to saxophone teachers. I love “the Swan” from “Carnival of the Animals”, and even though I am a cellist, I am really happy to hear it played on a saxophone.  Honestly.  That’s not the … Continue reading

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Issue 3: Zum Galli Galli – singing game

This is an excellent song for passing something around the circle in time to the pulse.  I have used bean bags, but, if they are kept in the P E shed in the playground, and are all damp and smelly … Continue reading

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