Category Archives: Percussion

15/100 1,2,3 It’s Good to Be Me

Great song for Keystage 1 and Early Years; It is on www.singup.org, and also on youtube here, with words and signing; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igmU0b65WCU and here, as a backing track and words only; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYexa_3uFGc I haven’t tried signing properly it yet. I … Continue reading

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Issue 142: My most useful resource

Well, I expect there are plenty of other resources that would qualify for this title, depending on what I am doing at the time. However, my bag of 35 small plastic bottles like these (I got them in apple, pear, … Continue reading

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Issue 136: Reading Music

So, having just mentioned that from now on primary school children are expected to learn staff notation, here’s a really, really quick introduction to reading pitch notation… Have a look at this little piece, which I “composed”, if I can dignify … Continue reading

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Issue 131: A useful little filler activity

One of my classes arrives in the school hall piece-meal from several different places. Consequently it is very difficult to plan a tidy start to the lesson. Yesterday, as they shambled in through the various doors, I struck upon a … Continue reading

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Issue 126: More ideas for the Large Class – Rhythm cards

Teaching a noisy subject like music to a class of nearly 40 children crammed into a small classroom can be a complete nightmare. You can end up spending most of the lesson bellowing “I’m waiting for you to settle down … Continue reading

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Issue 125: Accompaniment for Kalele

Try this rhythm as an ostinato for the song Kalele which I posted a couple of weeks ago:  If you are using a djembe, play the low notes as bass notes and the high notes as tones. Or use whatever unturned … Continue reading

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Issue 124: Focus and listening game – pass the tambourine

Have the children sit in a circle, and select some suitable instrument from the class percussion trolley. A tambourine is a good one to start with – if you want to make the game more of a challenge, choose some … 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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