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Letter to Parent

Posted by [email protected] on September 19, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As a specialist teacher, parents rarely express interest in my subject. This is both a curse and a blessing. Blessing because specialists have hundreds of students (a whopping 800 little musicians in my case). but the same time in a day. Then again, when parents tell you that music is an integral part of their life, it puts you in a good mood ;)!


One parent emailed me inquiering about her daughter's lessons and here was my response.


Dear Parent,

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Working at an amazing school

Posted by [email protected] on September 19, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Directorate of Private Schools & Kindergartens Reviews (DPS), which is a part of the

National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training

(QQA), conducted this special review in accordance with the review procedures of schools

with ‘outstanding’ performance in the last review cycle over one day by a team of twelve

reviewers. During the review, reviewers observed lessons and other activities, scrutinized

student...

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Working at an amazing school

Posted by [email protected] on September 19, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Directorate of Private Schools & Kindergartens Reviews (DPS), which is a part of the

National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training

(QQA), conducted this special review in accordance with the review procedures of schools

with ‘outstanding’ performance in the last review cycle over one day by a team of twelve

reviewers. During the review, reviewers observed lessons and other activities, scrutinized

student...

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Obwisana

Posted by [email protected] on September 6, 2017 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a cool game I adapted from MUSICPLAY. It involves story telling, african singin, and drumming.

Here are my kids playing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDZyLTx1YdM&index=14&list=PLDaDq7kFIPNTkbGujC3hqpCFrScmzDiT8

 

Students sit in a circle and the teacher begins with a story about a little girl who lives in Ghana. One day the little girl is walking down a Country Lane when she falls down and hurts her finger on a rock. She runs to her gr...

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Seeing Rhythms differently

Posted by [email protected] on July 6, 2017 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Exciting vid showing the circular plotting of rhythms as opposed to traditional scores, visually exploring the similarities of various world musics. In the past I have used circular step sequencers and also tried to explain to students in this way. Chalk this one down. https://youtu.be/2UphAzryVpY

Saying Tam Biet. A year ago today.

Posted by [email protected] on July 1, 2017 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear All,

 

I want to say good bye and thanks from the bottom of my heart for supporting me with your kind words and friendly actions. And especially for helping our little musicians make our school more musical. That means EVERYTHING to me.

 

It's been a privilege learning from you all. I found your hard work and commitment to our kids inspirational. And when our profession gets hectic, keep sight of the big picture: Living in harmony is the only game in to...

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Answers to Joshua's Quizz

Posted by [email protected] on June 21, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hope I win! A click on the link will clarify this post ;)

https://youtu.be/-AJsh7xRXZk




1. Julian Bream

2. Peter Sculthorpe

3. Faber FF Music

Super Hero Rhythm Game

Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2017 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Just had an idea for a fun drumming game. In teams, kids choose an upside down superhero rhythm flashcard. If the can play the rhythm to the pulse the team keeps it. Winning team gets drumming dojo powers. Should be a blast and great drum circle inspiration.


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Arabic songs

Posted by [email protected] on June 13, 2017 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Letter from arabic co-worker RE:Arabic songs


Dear Mr. Mark,


As spoken, Kindly find the below as per requested:

Arabic aphabet songs:

https://youtu.be/ci5T68OiKto

https://youtu.be/HKJA87xnA9g


Arabic numbers songs :


https://youtu.be/ul48S_Qnrug

https://youtu.be/MY7iwHVY5ro


Weekdays :


https://youtu.be/OxVY3IwDaw8

https://youtu.be/xOKYuz7kDUs


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Melodic Step Sequencer

Posted by [email protected] on May 22, 2017 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Melodic Step Sequencer

Have children in a row. Give each child a chime that corresponds to the note of a melody. On child or teacher walks steadily past each child and they have to play their note. Together they must guess the name of the melody.

You can expand on this by having teams or two rows and reward the most musical team, or having them sing a word each.

Easy melodies are

Twinkle twinkle (CGGAAG-FFEEDDC-)

Do A Deer (CDEFGABC)

Incy Wincy Spider (CCCD...

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A Song for Music Teachers to Say Good Bye

Posted by [email protected] on April 26, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A Song for Music Teachers to Say Good Bye. Might get round to writing a proper score

 

 

 

 

 

Arpegiate chords

 

 

 

D F#/D B/D A/D

 

Music Time is over now

 

G A D

 

Time to say good bye

 

D F#/D B/D ...

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Ndinani Na

Posted by [email protected] on March 26, 2017 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We are Friends

Posted by [email protected] on March 21, 2017 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

You've got to be kind to your friends
They ought to be kind to you
Let's all look out for eachother
Cause that's what good friends they do


Just like sisters just like brothers
We can sing and dance together
You will find a friend's a treasure
like shelter in stormy weather
Pick me up when I am down
I love having you around

We are...
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Where is the Froggy Game?

Posted by [email protected] on January 24, 2017 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes teaching singing can be like pulling teeth: kids are just not in the mood. Here's a game that never fails to engage kids. If anything, it will get kids arguaing over who gets to sing.

Have one turn her back to the the class and give a pencil, a book, and a toy frog to three volunteer singers. Sing the song:


(Chorally)

Who's got the pencil?


(Only child with item)

I got the pencil


(Chorally)

Who's got the bo...

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Choose an instrument

Posted by [email protected] on January 8, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Choose an instrument is a drum circle game for toddlers. Preteach the names of instruments.

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