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Jordan Peterson on finding a fitting job.

Posted by [email protected] on May 20, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)
Peterson is my favourite new pop intellectual. He is just brutally succint as he takes on hot topics; especially ones nobody like to tackle https://youtu.be/pu__97bVyOc

Kiana digs FM synthesis

Posted by [email protected] on May 17, 2018 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (1)

I don't do bedtime reading. I do sound design and sequencing. So when Kiana saw my bedtime synth, she wasn't gonna miss out on the fun. She just digs music sooo much!!! :lol:

Good Bye Song

Posted by [email protected] on May 10, 2018 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Bye to the teachers leaving the school.

Am F C G

Many happy days

we have shared together

When you go on your way

Remember us forever


Thank you thank you thank you thank you

for the happy times

Thank you thank you thank you thank you

Good luck and goodbye

Good luck and goodbye

Will miss you when your gone

So please visit us someday

We want to sing this song

We have something to say


Thank you thank you thank you thank you

for the happy times

Thank you thank you thank you thank you

Good luck and goodbye

Good luck and goodbye

Jason Vieux Method

Posted by [email protected] on May 9, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Grammy award winning guitarist Jason Vieux has outlined the following pieces for providing an excellent basis for guitarrists. I might try and provide links top all the pieces.




giuliani opus 50 #1 #3


giuliani opus 51 #1


Segovian Scales


Sor: Progressive study Opus 35 #1 #2


Sor: Progressive study Opus 31 #1 #3 #5


Sor Opus 60 #13


Carcassi Methods Keys E/ Am/ Em/ Bm/ F#m/ C#m/ f, Bb/ Eb/ Dm/ Gm/ Cm/


Sor B minor Etude


Carcassi: Etude #3,4,6


Sanz : Espanoleta


Fuhrmann "Tanz"


Milan: Pavan 1


Wilsons Wilde


Tarrega "Lagrima"


Tarrega Right Hand exercises #1,2,3,4,5,6,17,18


Carrulli: Andantino in G Major


Carrulli: Country Dance


Carrulli: Andante opus 241 #18


Carrulli: Andante opus 241 #4

Fueling creativity using musical AI

Posted by [email protected] on April 28, 2018 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Check https://www.jukedeck.com/ .Stubled accross these guys online and had my first noodle around on the interface. Within minutes I had produced several tracks in different genres. And by I, I mean AI, or an augmented me! Well, let's be fair here, there was actually not much input from my end; just setting a few parametres such as genre, mood and length, and letting the AI work it's magic. Early days for musical AI, but I was kinda vibing to the music!

They are beta testing, so I offered my services. I am profundly techy and this is so my cuppa! Who can resist a glimpse into the musical world of AI that the klids will inheret? Hope they chose me!!! ;)

Kye Kye Kule Tutorial

Posted by [email protected] on April 24, 2018 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Visual Musical Minds teach this song that comes from Ghana, Africa.


The lyrics tare:


Che Che Koolay,

Che Che Kofisa

Kofisa Langa

Ka Ka Silanga

Kum Ade Nde



Reggio Emilia Nutshell

Posted by [email protected] on April 24, 2018 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This approach invisioned by Loris Malaguzzi focuses on the strong potential and rights of the childs. Children are therefor active participators in their own learning. The Reggio approach establishes a unique and reciprical role of the educator, whose role is three fold: teacher, child and environment.

In Reggio schools teachers are given non-contact time to plan and discuss classroom activities. The teacher values child initiated activity and uses open ended questioning to challenge and provoke ideas. In child iniciated learning, the teacher observes and choses the best moments to intervene.


Sue Suckling on The Future of Education

Posted by [email protected] on April 22, 2018 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Lately I've been a big fan of Singularity University. It's kind of taken TED's place in my life. It's more relevant.

Sue Suckling talks about her vision for the future of New Zealand education. She criticizes the omnipotence of educators in shaping the future of the youth, while enforcing an obsolete system in which students are expected to enter exams without any phones, watches or any access to digital information whatsoever... The problem being that we allready live in a world with access to every type information, and this trend shows no of subsiding.


Suckling explains the world of qualifications as we know it is over. Education is now digitized and demonitized, and finally accessible to everybody regardless of socioeconomic background. Power to the people yo! ;)


Indian Rhythms

Posted by [email protected] on April 20, 2018 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Such an efficient rhythmic solfege system from the south of India! This rather direct path to rhythmic complexity makes me consider the extent to which people within a culture are so "quantized to grid". Fun eye opener for plain ol 4/4 types like myself???? Excellent teaching! https://youtu.be/KsvKQhOeQjQ

Reggio-Inspired Music Education

Posted by [email protected] on March 28, 2018 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The speaker contrasts traditional music ed with Reggio inspired. He describes the traditional system as being recreational: it recreates somebody else music, the end result is performing other peoples music, instead of the child's own music. He criticizes the specialization of traditional musicianship, comparing a child who is given an oboe to rehearse repetetively with a child who is ionly given one colour to paint with. This clashes with the Reggio ideal where the decision making process is put in the child's hand.


The Reggio philosophy asumes that children already have their own idea of what music is, and the teacher's role is to guide the child towards a music that is culturally and individually valid. Skills are taught in order to enable children to represent the musical ideas that are in the child's head.

Reggio and Musica Bella starts with singing as a tool of representation of the sound that is in the child's mind, and through singing in harmony with educators students can move on to explore different techniques and skills.





Rhythm in a Circle

Posted by [email protected] on March 20, 2018 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Mark Taylor, director of Rhythmically Speaking, prepares a primary school class for Samba ensemble work with a simple rhythm game.


This video was filmed as part of the Art of Teaching Project developed by MusicTeachers.co.uk and the Musicians' Union to show inspiring, professional teachers giving insights into the way they work.


Drums and Your Brain

Posted by [email protected] on February 26, 2018 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Estaba el seņor Don Gato

Posted by [email protected] on February 11, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Estaba el señor Don Gato

Estaba el señor Don Gato

sentadito en su tejado marramiau, miau, miau,

sentadito en su tejado.

Ha recibido una carta

por si quiere ser casado, marramiau, miau, miau, miau,

por si quiere ser casado.

Con una gatita blanca

sobrina de un gato pardo, marramiau, miau, miau, miau,

sobrina de un gato pardo.

El gato por ir a verla

se ha caído del tejado, marramiau, miau, miau, miau,

se ha caído del tejado.

Se ha roto seis costillas

el espinazo y el rabo, marramiau, miau, miau, miau,

el espinazo y el rabo. Ya lo llevan a enterrar por la calle del pescado, marramiau, miau, miau, miau, por la calle del pescado. Al olor de las sardinas el gato ha resucitado, marramiau, miau, miau, miau, el gato ha resucitado. Por eso dice la gente siete vidas tiene un gato, marramiau, miau, miau, miau, siete vidas tiene un gato.

Fireworks in Your Mind

Posted by [email protected] on February 11, 2018 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)
Love this Ted cartoon. https://youtu.be/R0JKCYZ8hng

Mr Reda's Maths Song

Posted by [email protected] on February 6, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Mr Reda and his year 4 class came round to my class to record a sopng for their assembly. Quite clever how he went about it! ;)




The Wheels on the Bus instrumental

Posted by [email protected] on October 3, 2017 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)


This lesson is aimed at enhancing “The Wheels on the Bus” song with instruments and it teaches children how to take turns.


Children are welcomed on board a bus and sat in rows of 4. The class must choose an appropriate instrument to accompany the song. i.e. wipers can be rain shakers, babies on the bus can be recorders, toy trumpets can be the horns, money can be triangles... With a stretch of the imagination, the wheels can be lollipop drums (because they are round).


This lesson should be disciplined, yet fun. You may have to remove instruments from children who do not wait their turn, but always making sure everybody understands why. Children will be able to perform at different levels ranging from inability to take turns to singing and playing musically to the beat


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,

Thank you for your interest in my subject. In class, we follow the UK curriculum guidelines and the children learn key concepts through playing musical games, tuned and un-tuned percussion, and singing an eclectic mix of songs.

I structure each term in two parts:

First, a rhythmic part where children use percussion to explore pulse and rhythm, and how spoken language can link to rhythmical motives. Children are presented with musical notation and asked to compose and perform 1 or 2 bar rhythms as a class and then as small groups.

Secondly, the children use tuned percussion to play simple melodies and explore the staff and note names (letter names). We also learn the solfege names by singing along to Doe a Deer.

Throughout the year I provide support to homeroom teachers by expanding on their topic lessons by using songs which can be relevantly integrated. So these coming weeks we will be singing British songs and contrasting them with music from Bahrain. This week we will sing ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ which is a traditional Scottish song linked to their literacy work (Ed Sheeran has a nice version).

Closer to concert dates all our focus goes into rehearsing concert items and ensuring every class has memorized the lyrics and can perform beautifully.

Beyond the classroom, we are trying to make the school more musical by singing at assemblies and running musical clubs. This term I’ll be running a ukulele club and a guitar club. In previous terms, I ran a recorder club and a MUSIC PLAY club loosely based on Denise Gagne's style.

Above all, I aim to provide a varied and fun experience in hope that my students will develop a passion for music that lasts a lifetime.

For any questions whatsoever, I am always happy to meet parents for a chat.

Kind regards,

Mark Rodgers