Monthly Archives: February 2014

Issue 122: Welcome to the Jungle

Rain. rain. More rain. Reminds me of the time I did a body percussion rain composition with a year 1 and 2 class, one fine day back in the Summer, and to our astonishment we appeared to conjure up a … Continue reading

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Issue 122: Samba and Rhythm Grids

In one of my larger samba classes we have run into a bit of behaviour management hassle. There are a number of children who, for various reasons, are fidgety or disruptive or uncooperative or disaffected or – well there are … Continue reading

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Issue 122: I Take My Tea Without Sugar

A colleague of mine has been using this song as a warm up to great effect. I found it an annoying song to begin withy, because the strong beats don’t fall in exactly the right places. However it has grown on … Continue reading

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Issue 122: Improvisation and Listen-and-copy Game

Here’s a variation on the “pass the shaker” improvisation game, which helps keep a whole class engaged. The basic game is just passing a shaker round the circle while counting, or maybe all saying a chant. Whoever is holding the … Continue reading

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Issue 121: Welcome to The Jungle

Here we go again… I promised I would let you know if the Elephants, Hippos and Kangaroos had done the trick for the piano pupil with the Attwood sonatina – and the answer is – it was a resounding success! … Continue reading

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Issue 121: Exploring Timbre – conducting game

We had been doing a listening quiz from the AC Black “Music Express Elements 7+”, where the children listened to groups of four instruments played one after another, and then identified which of the four was omitted on a second playing. … Continue reading

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Issue 121: Year 1 and 2 back on track

I have been having difficulties with a rather large year 1 and 2 class. There are a lot of reasons for this – several children have “issues”, one is “statemented” with their own TA to watch over them, several are very, very … Continue reading

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Issue 121: Ted talk; “The Transformative Power of Classical Music”

many thanks to the Kodaly and Orff Music teacher’s blog http://herdingcatsgeorge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-transformative-power-of-music-ben.html for this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE which is a “TED talk” by Benjamin Zander. It is twenty minutes long – and well worth watching every minute. I was inspired by his … Continue reading

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