Monthly Archives: February 2013

Issue 76: Lah-di-dah

This is a brilliant pulse, rhythm, concentration, coordination, collaboration game. I first came across it at a twilight training session for music teachers, and I have to say that we were complete duffers at it. However a year 5 6 … Continue reading

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Issue 76: Teaching ukulele chord G

I had a mad moment last Tuesday when I decided to teach chord G to a year 3 ukulele class. I was originally going to teach the song “Once a man fell in a well” starting on F, using chords … Continue reading

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Issue 76: Top Gear and Musical Roads

I was just settling down to get this week’s issue of the jungle up, when I heard the Top Gear presenters start talking about  “Musical Roads” It was he work of a moment to search on Google, and, yes, not … Continue reading

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Issue 75: Welcome to the Jungle

As I mention in the pulse and rhythm post below, I have spent today assisting in a workshop for keystage 1 children. That made for a busy and exhausting Saturday – but reminded me of how much I love teaching. … Continue reading

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Issue 75: Chinese New Year

I’ve been asked to include the topic “Chinese New Year” in the next two weeks of music lessons for keystage 1. Here are some resources from the British Council website http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/search/apachesolr_search/chinese%20new%20year Well worth checking out. I shall, of course, include … Continue reading

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Issue 75: And another Pulse and Rhythm activity!

I’ve just come back from helping out at a very enjoyable Key Stage 1 music workshop. It was even more enjoyable, because my colleague did all the planning and I just had to fall in with her outline schedule and … Continue reading

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Issue 75: Bird Music with Droppings? Hmm!

I tripped across this on the BBC news website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21082873 “Birds make music with bum notes       The positions of the droppings represented different musical notes A piece of music that was composed by waiting for bird droppings to fall … Continue reading

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