Monthly Archives: October 2013

Issue 107: Welcome to the Jungle

Hello again! There’s a theme running through this week – along the lines of “less is more”. It took me several years to grasp the idea, but children actually enjoy repetition, and don’t necessarily want or need to have everything new … Continue reading

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Issue 107: Infants and Rhythm Cards

My set of laminated rhythm cards is one of my most important resources. I use them in just about every kind of music lesson that I teach. You can print them off here: http://www.kodaly.org.au/ Go to “Publications” and click on “Downloadable Resources”. … Continue reading

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Issue 107: Left Hand on Top! First few weeks of recorders

Here we go again! Another new school year, another intake of beginner recorders! The classes seem to be getting larger and larger. I used to worry about going too slowly, and the children getting bored. Now, I take my time. Plenty … Continue reading

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Issue 107: Step by little tiny step; teaching mixed ability classes

One of the things I have learned to do over the years is to teach much less – I mean much less at a time, of course! When you have a class of 25-35 children, you will find that you … Continue reading

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Issue 106: Welcome to the Jungle

Now this is more like it! Saturday afternoon and the Jungle is out! I’ve been thinking about how we interpret music notation for a while, and here are my hopefully not too convoluted ramblings on the subject. For something much simpler, … Continue reading

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Issue 106: Little Boo

I’ve used this book time and time again in infant classes; The story couldn’t be simpler; Preston Pig and Mr Wolf are playing “Hide and Seek”. They take turns to hide in different places; with brilliantly expressive pictures and the … Continue reading

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Issue 106: Playing Musical Instrument ‘Sharpens Mind’

I don’t know if you caught this new item? I’ve copied and pasted the text from this link below. Yet another reason for keeping music as a mainstream curriculum subject! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-24297289 Playing musical instrument ‘sharpens mind’ says St Andrews study Musicians … Continue reading

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Issue 106: Reading Music

There are two things going on at the same time when you are looking at music; pitch and rhythm. Well, there’s a lot more than that, but I’m looking at just these two elements. Here’s a piece I am teaching … Continue reading

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