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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 10: The Lokey-Cokey (Or “Left hand on Top”)

Hands up if you know the “Hokey Cokey”? Here’s a version to sing as a warm-up before clarinet and recorder lessons: WORDS ACTIONS You put your Left Hand in Put your left hand in You put your Left hand out … Continue reading

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Issue 5: Silence is Golden

I never knew about how effective Silent Practise was until I started teaching beginner recorders.  I hit upon the idea of fingering the notes while singing the words, and the letter names, and the fingering numbers, over and over again, … 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: Favourite Recorder Resources

Everyone has their favourite recorder resources. These are the ones that I have used most over the last four years in large groups (up to twenty year 3, 4 or 5 children), Wider Opportunities classes and mixed recorder ensembles.   … Continue reading

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