Category Archives: Composition

Issue 132: Rondo form – the easy way

I spent a hugely enjoyable 45 minutes with a year 5 and 6 class teaching rondo form. We usually do samba as our main activity, but this lesson had to take place in the class room as the hall was … Continue reading

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Issue 127: Samba compositions

I’ve been giving some thought on how to add a composition element to the Wider Opportunities samba classes I have been teaching. I’ve just six more sessions for one class, before we do a final “end-of-year” presentation. I am planning … 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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New Year Issue 117: Monkey Business

Lying in bed before the alarm went off this morning, I came up with this little body/vocal percussion number Monkey Business 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + Big Ba- boon (stamp) (click) Chimp-  -an zee (click)  (click) tan … Continue reading

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Christmas Issue 116: December 30th 2013 – Graphic scores

BONUS POST – another one! …And still on the subject of graphic scores and Cathy Berberian’s “Stripsody”, a few second’s surfing through google turned up this link: http://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2013/oct/04/graphic-music-scores-in-pictures#/?picture=418979852&index=2 with a gallery of pictures of graphic scores for you to browse … Continue reading

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Christmas Issue 116: 30th December 2013 – Stripsody

I’ve written about this composition by Cathy Berberian here: http://www.themusicjungle.co.uk/live/2012/01/27/issue-23-words-and-music/ If you search on youtube you can find a number of different versions, with and without the score. I’m planning to use this with a year 5 and 6 class who … Continue reading

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Issue 112: More paper tearing

Last weekend I was involved in delivering a fireworks-themed workshop for young music-makers, aged about seven years old. One of the activities that I lead was creating a fireworks display using my favourite ad-hoc instrument of all – scrap paper! … Continue reading

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Issue 110: Autumn Soundscape

      In the past I’ve used bits and pieces collected from the Autumn countryside to make a little soundscape.       Sticks, knocked or rubbed together. Dried Autumn leaves to rustle through (it’s a very good idea … Continue reading

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