Tag Archives: learning skills

Issue 14: Being a Beginner

For reasons which are too long to explain, I have started to learn the trumpet. It must be very like being a child on a Wider Opportunities Programme. I need to learn, not because I want to, but because I … Continue reading

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Issue 12: A Useful Link; The Musician’s Way

Since joining twitter, I have found some terrific sites to follow and it is quite hard to fit in all the browsing as well as the admin and even the teaching that I am supposed to be doing – as … Continue reading

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Issue 12: Sight Reading is Fun!

“Has she taken leave of her senses?”  “Sightreading?  Fun?”  “Never!”. I hated and dreaded sightreading, and so do many of my pupils.  It is the time of maximum  exposure to failure and dismay, and modern teaching methods are all about … Continue reading

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Issue 12: The “galloping djembe rhythm”, and learning skills

I taught the galloping djembe rhythm, set out in the last issue, to a year 5 and 6 group who were already familiar with the straight 4/4 version. It was a great success; and I think that it will work … Continue reading

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