Category Archives: Composition

Issue 146: Hot Cross Buns save the day again

Actually Hot Mince Pies, to be seasonal, but you can do this with Hot Cross Buns later this term if you like! The lesson works with ukuleles, chime bars, recorders, keyboards, any instrument where you’ve got three notes. Teach the … Continue reading

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Issue 144: BBC Ten Pieces; Mars

I’ve just finished the second of two lessons based on Gustav Holst’s “Mars” from “The Planets”. It was particularly appropriate as it was composed between 1914 and 1916, so fits in with the World war 1 topic. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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140: More on Beethoven’s Fifth

I think that the important thing that I need to remember is that year 5 and year 6 children are exactly that – children. Some of them are probably still only 9 years old. I reckon that is my number … Continue reading

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140: Engine Engine, Number 9

I suddenly remembered this song when I was teaching ukuleles this week. You can sing the whole song to a C7 chord, which must be the easiest ukulele chord to play (a no-fail item in the end-of term showcase?). Strum … Continue reading

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139: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

This was a manic year 5 and 6 lesson at the end of the first week. I think we all enjoyed ourselves – well, I certainly did! If you get yourself to the BBC Ten Pieces website, one of the offerings … Continue reading

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Issue 138: When I was one I had some fun

This is a lively and popular song, especially with younger children. There are ten (or as many as you like) verses. I usually sing these ones; 1 – had some fun; 2 – buckeld my shoe; 3 – grazed my … Continue reading

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Issue 135: Birdsong

We’ve spent quit a lot of time sitting out in our garden in the shade of an apple tree these past few days. The weather has been so hot that anything else seems like too much effort. Our garden isn’t … Continue reading

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Issue 132: Minibeast Mayhem

I bought a set of resources for rhythm teaching in a sale at a bookshop recently – the best £2.50 I have spent in a long time. It consisted of a set of press-out pictures of ladybirds, worms, butterflies, spiders, … Continue reading

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