TEACHER MARK'S MUSIC ROOM

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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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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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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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Love teaching and make your students love learning

Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2016 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)
It's always inspiring to hear about a teacher that truly inspires. The vid also shows a glimpse of his personal difficulties. https://youtu.be/cfW_2tzusyI

OFSTED's Spider

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

Teaching observations can be nerve-racking, even if you think you know what you are doing. When the proverbial "snapshot" is taken it can go both ways. No pressure... just don't fluff thigs up!!! This is Ofsted's Spider to the rescue, she will stop things from going pear shaped. There are quite a few parametres that need addressed in order to tick all their boxes and

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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...

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Work and Do your Best Rap

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

Hip Hop Chant


Chorus

We gotta work work work work

(And have some fun)

We gotta work work work work

 

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

Verse

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

Chorus

 

We gotta work work ...

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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! ;)


Chorus

 

Making Good Choices (x4)


Verse

Making good choices

Think before you do

My actions are good for me

And they are good for you


Chorus

 

Making Good Choices (x4)


Verse

Don't just rush in to things

That should be thought through

Good choices will take us far

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The Philosophy of Music Education

Posted by [email protected] on July 1, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I teach music because I think living in harmony should be the ultimate goal of any education system. Music is a form heightened teamwork and careful listening to one's self and to others. It's the persuit of beauty and perfection, the sake of which lies within said persuit, thus becoming the ultimate form of connection and communication- The one thing that can ensure human survival and well-being!


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Classroom Leadership Jack Black Style

Posted by [email protected] on June 29, 2016 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

My 5c class came to class only to catch me crying with uncontrollable laughter. Bewildered, they just had to wait for me to regain composure. When I let them in on what had set me off, the whole class went hysterical. The video is sheer genius and a must see for any teacher.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMvpJDbWX_c&app=desktop

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Rainbow Warriors on Rockstar Duty

Posted by [email protected] on June 21, 2016 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)


My grade 3 students love Imagine Dragons, they tell me. They keep me up to date with the latest hits. Their smash hit "Radioactive" is actually a neat wee song that I could easily arrange for uke,recorder, synth and piano. It also ties in with teaching  the virtue of responsibilty, in this case resposibility towards our planet's ecology.

I...

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My Little Music Heroes Making Vietnam Smile

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are some beautiful songs my kids recorded to raise money for Operation Smile Vietnam . For every 200$ donated, doctors can perform surgery on a child with a cleft lip. They made over 1000 $ on concert tickets and CD sales and brought many beautiful smiles to parents, teachers and especially the children whose life they have transformed.  

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Kids' first composition on REAPER

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2016 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Special Saturday

Posted by [email protected] on June 19, 2016 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday was memorable and worthy of a post. It started with french press robusta and playing Bach on the guitar, on some ancestor worship trip ;). This psyches me up and places me squarly inside a winner frame of mind: blissed out, yet with lots of positive and highly caffeinated energy. I biked my way to Hanoi's National Convention Centre to my school's end of the year performance on my old but trusty Honda Dream. The place is just MASSIVE and the event is mega for our school. Two wee...

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