Category Archives: Listening Music

Issue 136: BBC Ten Pieces

I’m planning to use this as the basis for my year 5 6 class music teaching next term. I write this from almost complete ignorance of what it is all about; I know that the school has ordered the DVD of … Continue reading

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Issue 136: Farmer with Trombone

If you haven’t seen this, have a look/listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_-emj1qR4 Hang in there – it takes a minute or so for the action to get going….

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Issue 135: Boom-box mini-car

I was sitting at a pavement table outside a café the other day, admiring the view across the street, when someone pulled up into the kerb-side parking space in front of me in a small bright red car. It was … 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 134:Running an Infant School Music Club

I’ve just finished leading a music club for a local infant school in the morning before the school day starts. It’s been quite an experience. I had envisaged a balanced diet of listening to music, singing, moving to music, using … Continue reading

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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 131: Class Discussions

I find this one of the hardest parts of a lesson to get right. We listen to a piece of music, or look at a picture, or watch a video clip, and I ask leading (“open” questions) about it, and … Continue reading

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Issue 128: Plainsong

Since teaching a small church choir the chant for Ubi Caritas, to sing at the Maundy Thursday service this Easter, I have become quite a fan. Here’s Ubi Caritas, composed somewhere between the fourth and tenth centuries, according to wikipedia: … Continue reading

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