Monthly Archives: May 2013

Issue 87: Welcome to The Jungle

I’m really pleased to report that the method I used to teach the dotted crotchet rhythm has really worked! So I have no hesitation about tootling my trumpet and making a bit of a noise about it. I haven’t taught my … Continue reading

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Issue 87: Sight-reading skills for piano music exams

I’ve a student preparing for a grade 5 piano exam who is totally terrified of the sight reading element. Her note reading skills are good, and she is fine with rhythms. So, what is the problem? I think it is … Continue reading

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Issue 87:”My Hat it Has Three Corners” for Ukuleles

The song, “My Hat, it has Three Corners” featured in the very first issue of The Music Jungle. I realise that I’ve been singing a slightly different tune recently, so here it is again: It’s an action song: make a … Continue reading

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Issue 87: Kumala Vista – singing, samba, djembe, recorders, percussion

Since I’ve found this song all over the place, and have been taught it by ear on various occasions, by various teachers, I hope I’m okay in giving the words and melody here. It’s also in this book Kumala Vista where … Continue reading

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Issue 86: Welcome to The Jungle

I consider myself to be very fortunate to be able to attend the annual Primary School Music Teacher’s Conference arrange by our County Music Service (soon to be a Hub!) most years. As a peripatetic music teacher one just dips in … Continue reading

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Issue 86: Music Conference 2013: World Percussion Jamming

This was meant to be a workshop on world percussion for keystage 2, but for some reason only a few of us chose to join it. I had put my name down for a song-writing workshop, which would have been … Continue reading

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Issue 86: Tambourines

I’ve just added another set of instruments to the armoury that I keep in the back of the car; a bag of eight simple tambourines (without skins). I spotted them in a display of random wooden instruments in a shop that … Continue reading

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Issue 86: Music Conference 2013: Body Percussion Game

Here’s a great idea for getting a class to be focussed and awake! I have taken the idea from part of a workshop on percussion skills lead by an Advanced Skills teacher. It is simplicity itself, and here’s how it … Continue reading

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