Category Archives: Listening Music

Issue 127: Angels

We stayed in the Abbey Gatehouse, Tewkesbury, for a few days before Easter. It is a Landmark Trust property, and you can find pictures of it here: http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/search-and-book/properties/abbey-gatehouse-4453. I’m giving details, because it was such a lovely place to stay, … Continue reading

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Issue 119: La Volta

  The theme for this half term in one of my schools is “timbre”. So save my poor aching head from trying to remember too many lessons at too many schools with too many instruments, I’m kind of incorporating it … Continue reading

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Issue 119: Carnival of the Animals – Pianists

After the success of “Aquarium” in calming a “lively” Wider Opportunities Keyboard class last week, I was planning to play them “The Swan”. However, the children seemed much more settled, and I thought I would save “The Swan” for a … Continue reading

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Issue 118: Hypnotism? The Aquarium

“The Aquarium” from “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens is one of the most potent tools in my possession. Last week, I eyed up the 23 children waiting for a Wider Opportunities keyboard lesson, the first after Christmas, with mounting … Continue reading

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Issue 104: The “Deda Robot” Game, and the “Cyborg” game

On the whole I try and post about things that anyone can do without having bought expensive CDs and books. I’m wary of encouraging people to buy a particular resource, especially when it costs around £30. However the ACBlack “Developing Music … Continue reading

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Issue 98: Music on my Kindle

I have had a Kindle for several years now, and have occasionally toyed with the idea with finding out how to make it play background music while I’m reading. The first thing to bear in mind is that mine is an old-style … Continue reading

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Issue 95: Listening to the Radio

In term-time, by the time I have finished teaching for the day – several school in the day-time, and piano teaching until around 6:30 or 7 pm, and then cooked and eaten my evening meal, my ears are just about finished as … Continue reading

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Issue 93: The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Bicycle

    Here’s the video for this post. Short. Sweet. I like it because he included the sampled sounds at the end of the clip.   Here’s the Disney Fantasia version for comparison. I think I prefer the bicycle one!  

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