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Issue 68: Finding Patterns

As part of a series of lessons on music form with a year 5 and 6 class, I gave them the task of going through a piece of notated music and colour coding all the bars with matching patterns. The … Continue reading

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Issue 59: Composing simple “So-Mi” songs

I was delighted at how quickly the children were able to understand the concept of a simple notation for writing songs based on the two notes “soh” and “mi”, as used in the “Star Light” song. Having learned to sing … Continue reading

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Issue 16: Can’t they read music yet?

So, you have been teaching the children for a whole term, and they still can’t read the music yet!  How hard can it be to read just three notes? The most single effective tool I use in assessing whether the … Continue reading

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Issue 14: Illuminations

This week I had an opportunity to visit the exhibition of Illuminated Manuscript at the British Library. The detail and freshness of the pictures was amazing, especially as many of the smaller works had been used frequently by their owners. One … Continue reading

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Issue 14: 101 things to do with “Rain on the Green Grass”

There’s a nice little 3-note round on the www.singup.org website; Rain on the green grass          Rain on the tree          Rain on the house tops          But not on me. If you want to see the notation, have a look at the website. … Continue reading

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Issue 5: Hi Low Chickalow

This is a little playground clapping game which I learned from my daughter when she was a junior school.  Some children know it as part of a longer clapping rhyme. Arrange the children in pairs, and get them to shake … 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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