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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

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

students’ written work and analysed the school’s performance data and other documents.

They met with staff members, students and parents. This report summarises their findings

and recommendations.


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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

students’ written work and analysed the school’s performance data and other documents.

They met with staff members, students and parents. This report summarises their findings

and recommendations.


Copy and paste in to a browser for the full article:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-3QzaRz_P5di1WYy1CQ2dJYXc/view?usp=sharing

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 grandmother's heart and cries and says ObwisanaSana . Teacher then ends the story abruptly and asks if the children enjoyed.

 

The children complain about the story being too short and then the teacher quickly moves on to challenge the children to learn how to sing a song in the language of Ghana. He utters the magic words- Abracadabra Magic Banana you can now speak the language of Ghana.

 

The teacher then teaches the song and explains the rules children must pass the stick in time with the singing if somebody drops a stick or losses time they are eliminated and must take a Shaker and sing along. The winning child receives dojo points.


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 town. We cannot know what the role of intelligence and knowledge will have in this digital age, so having teachers with massive hearts will make each lesson future-proof.

 

I've no doubt you will support next year's music teacher. She will surely repay you by making your kids more intelligent, creative and cooperative. I'm very happy to know that she is incredibly passionate and very excited about her new role. (And lucky to have the best job in the world.)

 

Happy holidays yo!

 

 

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.


Superhero Rhythm Flashcards

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


Cartoon songs :


The kind elephant :

https://youtu.be/GzgcuJOEpHk


Senan advanture:

https://youtu.be/_g7ohXwBkmM


Colours :

https://youtu.be/NJMuhtm5qGk


Mother :

https://youtu.be/qn3ITODjLiw

https://youtu.be/_sYoLNh7vL4

https://youtu.be/6U_WJ-wzylU

https://youtu.be/mQi_e7I_Ips


Best regards,

Ms H


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 (CCCDEEEDCDEC)

Frere Jaques (CDEC CDEC EFG- EFG- GAGFEC GAGFEC CGC CGC)

 

 

 

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 A/D

 

Every body sing along

 

G A D

 

As we make a line

 

 

 

G D A D

 

Silently we'll walk to class

 

G A D

 

Thank you thank you thank you

 

G D A D

 

Another happy week will pass

 

G A D

 

Till I see you again

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 friends

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

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