Monthly Archives: September 2013

Issue 103: Chatty Class Techniques – the Sleeping Teacher

I teach two year 3 recorder classes  (children aged 7) on a Friday afternoon just before home time. So, in come twenty children at a time, armed with various recorders in brown, blue and sparkly pink. They are all dead … Continue reading

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Issue 103: First “Wider Opps” Keyboard Lesson

  I haven’t taught Wider Opportunities Keyboards for a couple of years now. However, this year, I have got a year 3 (aged 7) class for keyboards which has given me a chance to re-think how I approach things.   … Continue reading

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Issue 103: Pitch – year 3/4

I have decided to spend the first half of term exploring pitch with my year 3 and 4 class (7 and 8 year-olds). The year 4s spent last year doing a Wider Opportunities Djembe programme, so didn’t have much time … Continue reading

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Issue 103:Teaching theory; Inspirational Quote

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery” Mark Van Doren never heard of him? Neither had I – until today:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Van_Doren Discuss! Sometimes I feel as though the art of teaching has been boiled down to just … Continue reading

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Issue 102: Welcome to The Jungle

Term starts TOMORROW! Are you ready? Errrr – well, I won’t start teaching until the end of the week so that gives me another couple of days. The next few days are training days, at which I may, or may … Continue reading

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Issue 102: British Museum – Roman Instruments

Are you covering “Romans” as a topic this term? Well, scroll down this link http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/resources/cultures/ancient_rome/roman_britain.aspx and you will find a power point slideshow that you can download, featuring pictures and statues of instruments of the period. I haven’t investigated the … Continue reading

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Issue 102: Speedshifter from ABRSM

This is a sweet little app you can download to your PC or MAC for free from www.abrsm.org, the website for the Royal Schools of Music. You can also download it to your mobile phone for £2.99. It will allow … Continue reading

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Issue 102: Soundscapes Hand-Out

This is a hand-out I have put together for a training session on Soundscapes which I may be giving at some stage. I’m down to do part of a presentation at a staff training day, but I’m not sure how … Continue reading

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