Monthly Archives: November 2011

Issue 13: Welcome to The Music Jungle

Hello again! This week you can find out what happens when you teach a singing game involving tennis balls. There is also a way to encourage children to listen with greater concentration, and another way to signal for silence. Have a … Continue reading

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Issue 13: Over the Garden Wall

Sometime during the Summer Term, 2007 So, the plan was to teach a class of thirty-two year 3 and 4 children some singing games. Sounded like fun – and it was. It was also chaos. I explained that we were going … Continue reading

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Issue 13: Focus; Concentration; Listening Skills

A decent silence is very hard to achieve in a music lesson. One temptation is to overpower the fidgeting and background chatter by winding up the volume – either of your voice, or of the sound system.  This will work, … Continue reading

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Issue 13: The Magic Hand of Silence

I have a lively year 5 and 6 recorder ensemble which meets in the lunchtime. There are about 15 or so children, playing descant, treble and tenor recorders at varying levels of ability and experience. The ensemble meets at lunchtime, … Continue reading

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Issue 12: Welcome to the Music Jungle

I hope you enjoyed last week’s bumper issue of lesson ideas. This week there is some feedback on the galloping djembe rhythm of last week, with an insight into an aspect of teaching music (or anything else for that matter). … Continue reading

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Issue 12: A Useful Link; The Musician’s Way

Since joining twitter, I have found some terrific sites to follow and it is quite hard to fit in all the browsing as well as the admin and even the teaching that I am supposed to be doing – as … Continue reading

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Issue 12: Sight Reading is Fun!

“Has she taken leave of her senses?”  “Sightreading?  Fun?”  “Never!”. I hated and dreaded sightreading, and so do many of my pupils.  It is the time of maximum  exposure to failure and dismay, and modern teaching methods are all about … Continue reading

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Issue 12: The “galloping djembe rhythm”, and learning skills

I taught the galloping djembe rhythm, set out in the last issue, to a year 5 and 6 group who were already familiar with the straight 4/4 version. It was a great success; and I think that it will work … Continue reading

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