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Kumala Vista

Posted by [email protected] on March 10, 2019 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The song is a beautiful call and response song that lends itself to percussion or body percussion. Harmonise with a chord on a bass xylophone playing quarter beats to maintain a steady beat.




Kumala kumala kumala Vista

Oooh no, no no na Vista

Ee-nee mee-nee d...

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Repetition vs Addiction

Posted by [email protected] on March 7, 2019 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Teacher asks Sir Roger Scruton a question. https://youtu.be/4lZRU6fqTSM

Oscar The Naughty Kitty Cat

Posted by [email protected] on March 3, 2019 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Oscar The Cat Story

Oscar is a naughty kitty cat who is just crazy about butter. Mummy has told him he mustn’t eat other people’s food, but Oscar can’t help him self.

Everytime he smells butter he just eats it. But when he gets caught, the children chant:

Naughty kitty cat, you are very fat, you’ve got butter on your whiskers naughty kitty cat.. SKAT!


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Julian Bream Master Class on Villalobos

Posted by [email protected] on February 23, 2019 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Julian Bream Master Class on Villalobos. Prelude number 3 starts at 34 minutes. https://youtu.be/iAXUzIrukt0

Why Are Nursery Rhymes SO Brutal?

Posted by [email protected] on February 17, 2019 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Mr Collins


Kindly forward this to :/ parent.


Dear Parent


I appreciate you bringing this to my attention and I am sorry Subah didn't like the song. It is a beautiful Maori song sung by children around the world and often performed with sticks. It is perfectly suitable for children and in no way a particularly sad song, even though it does deal with tragedy and crying. It is also quite normal and even desirable...

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Holding Mallets

Posted by [email protected]es on February 12, 2019 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Nice tutorial on mallet handling. Place slighty under your belly button. Hold mallet with first knuckle and with thumb on top Grip it slightly under half way under the stick Holding the mallets together will show you if you are gripping at the the same height Use your wrist for bouncing the mallet Aim for the middle of the stick Stroke should be kept small. https://youtu.be/GszY16mhaGI

Bug's Life

Posted by [email protected] on February 3, 2019 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Tell Me What You Know about a bug's Life

We'll Tell you What We Know aBOUT A bUG'S lIFE

We like it snug

under a rug

that's what we love

that's what we love

Tell Me What You Know about a bug's Life

We'll Tell you What We Know aBOUT A bUG'S lIFE

We like to wriggle

We like to jiggle

We like to to wriggle and jiggle and squiggle

We like to to wriggle and jiggle and squiggle


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With my own, with my own two hands

Posted by [email protected] on February 3, 2019 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Our School's Version of Jack Johnson's Own 2 Hands

I can change the world

With my own two hands

Make a better place

With my own two hands

Make a kinder place

With my own two hands


With my own, with my own two hands

With my own, with my own two hands



I can plant some trees

With my own two hands

I can clean up the earth

With my own two hands

I ca...

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STEP: Sorry, Thank you, Excuse me and Please

Posted by [email protected] on January 23, 2019 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A song I wrote about manners. Sung to the tune of despacito.





There’s an important way of

saying things


Always using kind words


Remember to talk politely


So that no one’s feelings

get hurt




if y...

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The Truth About Asperger's Syndrome

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2019 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Just stumbled across Max Derrat's channel where he share's his experiences as an "aspie", the word he uses for people who have asperger's syndrome.  The series is a real eye opener and should mandatory viewing for teacher's in training.



Living on the spectrum is difficult, and I don't think people appreciate what it's truly like. This is the first part of a n...

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African Drumming and Chanting Composition

Posted by [email protected] on November 30, 2018 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Nicely conducted drum circle, where different parts are given to each group to chant. This channel has some brilliant material. https://youtu.be/pyifpOlwm3Y

Maestro Segovia

Posted by [email protected] on November 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)
This Segovia documentary is absolute gold. https://youtu.be/rFygb9YNujk

One Big Family

Posted by [email protected] on November 13, 2018 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

One Big Family

Chord Progression, on bar per chord (CFCGCFFG)

Everyone comes from a different place

Everyone has a different face

Everyone does different things you see

But together we are one big family!


In Bahrain merhaban is hello

In Bahrain merhaban is hello

In Bahrain merhaban is hello

Merhaban is hello In Bahrain


In India namaste is hello

In India n...

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Posted by [email protected] on November 7, 2018 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)


cHORDs  Dm C F Bb


We came to dance, dance, dance, dance

Celebrations in our plans, plans, plans, plans

I'm singing with my best friends, friends, friends, friends,

Give me space for both my hands, hands, hands, hands


Cause it goes on and on and on

And it goes on and on and on


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Giant's Footsteps

Posted by [email protected] on November 7, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)
I had the funniest time with my infant and juniors today. I asked them to imagine I was a giant. And to put sound fx to my foot steps. They must all play precisely when my feet hit the ground. Slow steps first, but move into a steady beat. Jog on the spot for a rumble. Raise a leg to cease the drumming. Hilarious! Oh! And the HOS came to observed my lesson unannounced and absolutely loved what he saw.

Perseverance Song

Posted by [email protected] on November 3, 2018 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


sing to the tune of 500 miles

Perseverance Song 


When I wake up

I'll tell you who I'm going to be

I'm going to be the kid that

perseveres at school



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Autotune: The More You Know

Posted by [email protected] on October 21, 2018 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)
One of the technologies that have shaped modern music is autotune. I never new the pluggin had such an interesting history. Cool read on the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/0e8256de-0d76-40c7-a59b-699977c0b597

My Guitar Hero

Posted by [email protected] on October 14, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Been lucky enough to have world class guitarrist Thu Le teach me for the last few months. Here is her youtube page!

British curriculum's love affair with notation.

Posted by [email protected] on September 30, 2018 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)
For years I've used tabs to learn guitar, and in particular classical. The tab system is self explanatory and straight to the point, enabling students to bypass the lengthy process of coming to terms with the complex and somewhat abstract world of traditional notation. When asked as a 11 year old which method I prefered for learning guitar, I didn't hesitate in chosing the quick and easy route. It's hard to say how many guitarrists are deterred by learning notation, but mastering it becomes a... Read Full Post »