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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

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.

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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:



Arabic numbers songs :



Weekdays :



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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




Time to say good bye


D F#/D B/D ...

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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 bo...

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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


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 ...

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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! ;)



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

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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.


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Ming Zhe the Independant Learner

Posted by [email protected] on June 25, 2016 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Ming Zhe joined my classical guitar club at school and took his first steps with me before leaving to another school. One day, after a few months had passed, he he came back with his mother to visit me. He wanted to come sooner, but needed time to prepare a special gift for me. Check it out!


Pretty sweet. He has been learning entirely on his own! Some boy ;) And I happened to have an electric guitar that another teacher had left in m...

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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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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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