Tag Archives: keyboards

Issue 19: Mega Whole-Class Singing Activity – Singing Playgrounds

On the website, www.singup.org, is a set of playground singing games called “Singing Playgrounds”, which is a wonderful resource for at least half a term’s work. At its simplest level, there are five songs to sing through, which all work … Continue reading

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Issue 15: Miss Mary Mack – a versatile singing game

You can find the tune for this song in several books; Young Voiceworks (OUP) and Okki-Tokki-Unga (A C Black) to name just two. Here it is anyway;  There are a couple more verses; She asked her Mother, Mother, Mother for … Continue reading

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Issue 11: A Short Keyboard Taster Course

A junior school that I work in as a freelance music teacher has been offering optional large group keyboard to year 6 children on Friday afternoons.  It is a very quick whizz through the basics of using keyboards over five … Continue reading

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Issue 4: Here come the aliens – catch them if you can!

Question: What’s the difference between playing a computer game and playing music? Answer: Almost nothing.  Let’s investigate further; Playing a Computer Game Playing  Music The scenes scroll past your eyes The page doesn’t move Your eyes don’t move Your eyes track across … Continue reading

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Issue 1: First keyboard lesson of the year with a Wider Opportunities class

Oh joy! This is one of my favourite lessons of term! This is the day that the children are introduced to their keyboards; let’s not kid ourselves that any formal music teaching is going to take place but it is … Continue reading

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