Category Archives: Composition

Issue 108: Rememberance Sunday

If you are thinking of doing something for Rememberance Sunday, the Churches Together in Britain website has a powerpoint slide presentation which could be useful to you: Here is the link; http://www.ctbi.org.uk/233 and this is the download to look for: … 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: 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: 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 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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Issue 95: Ah, could you take year 5 and 6 for music now?

So I had the luxury of ten minutes to plan an unexpected 45 minute lesson for year 5/6 No plans? no problem. I took the crate of boomwhackers (I LOVE boomwhackers – sad, but true) and we were off. I chose the … Continue reading

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Issue 92: Conducting at Keystage 1

I’m embarking on a few weeks of exploring timbre with my year 1 and 2 class. Last week we listened to three movements from “Carnival of the Animals” Saint-Saens, and discussed them as a class – what did we notice … Continue reading

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Issue 92: Creating a New Samba

Most of the sambas that I teach come from the Beatlife book that I have mentioned before. I start with a fairly easy set of rhythms, at a moderate tempo, and work up to more complex ones as time goes … Continue reading

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