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67/100 Mexican Wave (2) Rhythm Wave

Another “use” for the Mexican Wave; The aim; pick a rhythm, and pass it round the circle without missing a beat. You could choose a spoken phrase, for example Strawberry Ice Cream or maybe use a rhythm card. (It has … 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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Issue 26: Play it again, Sam. And again. And again…

Repetition is a cornerstone of learning – that is, Intelligent Repetition, where each time you repeat the phrase or bar, or section, you play it accurately. I feel I have made a breakthrough with one of my teenage piano students … Continue reading

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Issue 23: Intentionality

Doing things “on purpose” is a key to understanding how to learn – in general, and in music. The problem that many learners have is that this requires slow, purposeful work in the early stages of learning something new. The … Continue reading

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Issue 21: Pulse Game; Counting to 8

This is a really simple activity and it can be played without any equipment. All you need is a clear signal for “stop” and “go”. When I joined the County Music Services, I was issued with a resource pack including a large, … Continue reading

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