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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





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


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

Zoom Kaboom




Hickety Tickety












Stella ella ola




Ndina Hnina




Call and response




Build a Beat


(use a grid and insert sounds)



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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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