TEACHER MARK'S MUSIC ROOM

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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:


(Chorally)

Who's got the pencil?


(Only child with item)

I got the pencil


(Chorally)

Who's got the bo...

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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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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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZWbGVvCxgc

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.

I...

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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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Rap Song about Sound

Posted by [email protected] on May 17, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I rote this song for a class I did in collaboration with a grade 1 science project.


What is sound? Vibration Vibration

What is sound? Vibration All around

 

Vibrate up

Vibrate down

Bounce off walls

Bounce off the ground

 

What is sound? Vibration Vibration

What is sound? Vibration All around

 

Sound is moving in the air

We can’t see it but it’s there

Sometimes quiet somet...

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