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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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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 (CCCD...

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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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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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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.


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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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Electribe Bribe

Posted by [email protected] on June 2, 2016 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

One my classical guitar students is not enjoying his learning experience as much as I hope. He struggles to stay on task and seems a little overwhelmed at the amount of effort that goes into even the simplest of pieces. I've started bribing him with having a a go on the electribe. It's a quick fix and would prefer a more intrinsic approach, but it is what it is. In fairness, sequencers such as the electribe ...

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