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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 to...

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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 ;)


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.

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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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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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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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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...
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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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Choose an instrument

Posted by [email protected] on January 8, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Choose an instrument is a drum circle game for toddlers. Preteach the names of instruments.

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We Are Going To The Moon For Drums

Posted by [email protected] on January 3, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a drum circle game where each kid sings her name. Chant and accentuate each sylable with the drum, alternating three loud beats with six softer ones. Good way to refresh memory and the concept tied in to the nursery's science curriculum who are learning about space.

Zoom Zoom ZOom!

We're going to the moon

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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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Posted by [email protected] on October 24, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Lauren talks about how she homeshcools her daughters by using nursery rhymes. Sequencing Cards for Nursery Rhymes