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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-)


Incy Wincy Spider (CCCDEEEDCDEC)





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




Time to say good bye


D F#/D B/D A/D


Every body sing along




As we make a line






Silently we'll walk to class




Thank you thank you thank you




Another happy week will pass




Till I see you again

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 friends

(to the tune of ''Stand By, Extremoduro'')

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:


Who's got the pencil?

(Only child with item)

I got the pencil


Who's got the book


(Only child with item)

I got the book



Who's got the froggy

(Only child with item)

I got the froggy

(Chorally) Turn around and look (x2)

The child with back to the back must guess by who has each item.

Steer the lesson towards the conclusion that we are all unique in our voice and when one of us doesn't sing the song is not as awesome.

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.

Tune: London Bridge

Choose an instrument you can play,

You can play, you can play,

Choose an instrument you can pay,

What’s your favourite?

Peter plays the tambourine,

Tambourine, tambourine,

Peter plays the tambourine,

That’s the favourite.

The children sit in a circle with a selection of percussion in the

centre. A beanbag is passed round during verse 1. Whoever is

holding the beanbag at the end, chooses an instrument and

plays it while verse 2 is sung.

Source: file:///C:/Users/rodgersm/Downloads/Musical%20Activities%20in%20the-m%20-%20Foundation%20Stage.pdf

We Are Going To The Moon For Drums

Posted by [email protected] on January 3, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a drum circle game where each kid sings her name. Chant and accentuate each sylable with the drum, alternating three loud beats with six softer ones. Good way to refresh memory and the concept tied in to the nursery's science curriculum who are learning about space.

Zoom Zoom ZOom!

We're going to the moon

What's your name?

Get on the rocket Soon!

(my name's ....)

OFSTED's Spider

Posted by [email protected] on November 6, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Are musicians better language learners?

Posted by [email protected] on October 23, 2016 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is an interesting article by Finnish author and musician, Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay. Her research suggests that music training is the only proven method to boost the full intellectual, linguistic and emotional capacity of a child. Even as little as one hour a week has proven to be beneficial. Henriksson-Macaulay explains that, since 95% of brain development occurs before the age of 7, music education at earlier ages produces children with higher enhanced language skills and the abilty to distinguish between subtle differences in pronuncuiation sounds.

According to the article, humans use of music predates their use of language which explains why our music and language neural networks have significant overlap. She makes mention of the Finnish education system in which music is given great importance, and which also produces multilingual competence.

She advocates a stress free and loving musical education, in which children should learn by playing.

Catch her rocking out  and going bonkers on her MV

Teaching Nursery Rhymes

Posted by [email protected] on October 18, 2016 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this vid Dr Ray MacKay explains the importance of nursery rhymes in language acquisition, as well as offering suggested teaching practices.

Children memorise "rhythmic chunks" of language with great ease, making nursery rhymes very useful in class. Learning oracy (how to make sounds) is one of the first thing children must learn and poems and rhymes facilate the task through what MacKay call "the 6 Rs".

The 6 Rs that are key characteristics of all rhymes:







The rhythm, rhyming and repetition make children more receptive and help them remember texts- it scaffolds and supports a text. They lead to reception, retention and reproduction.

Rhymes contain key building blocks for competent comunicication. they present vocabulary, sound clusters and grammatical patterns. in a way that is unconscious to the children. In this way second learners assimilates the language in the same manner that native speakers learn their mother tongue.

Before presenting rhymes, teachers must become familiar with the flow of the rhyme by reading several times to identify the stressing of certain words that produce rhythmical patterns. Then the teacher should read the text to the class. Then the teacher should read one line at a time and have the children repeat choraly. 

When asking children to repeat an entire rhyme, the teacher might offer cues like single words or the beginning of a sentence for the children to complete.


Work and Do your Best Rap

Posted by [email protected] on September 1, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hip Hop Chant


We gotta work work work work

(And have some fun)

We gotta work work work work


(Let's get the work done) (x2)


Many things to do

And many many goals

If we don't work hard

we get nothing at all

Many situations

will put us to the test

but we can overcome them

if we try our best



We gotta work work work work


(And have some fun)


We gotta work work work work


(Let's get the work done) (x2)

Good Choices Song

Posted by [email protected] on September 1, 2016 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Reggae Rhtymm G and C , 2 skanks each! ;)



Making Good Choices (x4)


Making good choices

Think before you do

My actions are good for me

And they are good for you



Making Good Choices (x4)


Don't just rush in to things

That should be thought through

Good choices will take us far

Will take us far it's true


Making Good Choices (x4)