Issue 17: Welcome to the Music Jungle

End of term coming up! I think that the last two weeks of the Autumn term are often the busiest in the whole school year.  In years gone past, when my children were in different schools and I was teaching in two different schools, I could find myself in charge of organising two Christmas Nativity Plays, and assisting at two Carol Services, and attending two plays and two carol services as a proud parent.

There are two Christmas-themed postings in this issue; a class activity using the ancient carol “Gaudete” and a memory-jogger list of a few very simple carols and Christmassy tunes.  The third item is a possibly controversial (but extremely effective) incentive tool that I often use in private piano and theory lessons.

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