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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 »

There Was A Drummer

Posted by [email protected] on September 30, 2018 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Inspiration has just struck me like a thunderbolt :P

Get your drums out and sing the following:

There was a drummer, had a drum, and BONGO was it's name-o


Replace clapping for drum hits. (To the tune of BINGO). Practice playing in time.

“good artists copy, great a...

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Posted by [email protected] on September 18, 2018 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)








Oh So Quiet

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2018 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Funny activity to teach dynamics to little ones. My mate Ms Claire taught me this one ;). It's a good oportunity to teach tidying up, sitting and playing in turns

You need rattles or shakers, a circle of kids and this tune cued up.


Al Tambor

Posted by [email protected] on September 6, 2018 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a circle game for Ss to get to know eachother's name and learn some drums and Spanish at the same time. In the middle of the circle is the drum and Ss take turns to play the drum while everybody sing the song:


Al tambor de la Alegría


Al tambor, al tambor,


Al tambor de la Alegría,


Yo quiero que tu me lleves,


Al tambor de la Alegría.


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Hickory Dickory Dock with percussion

Posted by [email protected] on September 5, 2018 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Everybody knows the song. It's great for counting but lends itself to creat a great percussion soundscape and keep a steady pulse. Use wooden agogos for the tic toc clock FX. Maybe even gongs for the chimes!

Pass the Beat

Posted by [email protected] on September 4, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

My lovely colleague Wendy suggested this game.


Objective The objective of Pass The Beat is to keep the rhythm of the song going without missing a beat.


How To Play Step One: Students form a circle. Pass The Beat works best if the teacher stands in the middle of the circle.

Step Two: Pass The Beat is played with the phrase, 'pass the beat around the room'. Explain that you will be passing the beat around the room either clockwise...

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Leavers Ceremony

Posted by [email protected] on June 27, 2018 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Children ended their Infant adventure today with a great graduation assembly. The children completed KS1 and look forward to continuing their learning journey in the BSB Junior School. Parents, and even teachers often tear up when the see the kids on stage singing the leavers songs. 

Pics and vid on the school...

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Jordan Peterson on finding a fitting job.

Posted by [email protected] on May 20, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Peterson is my favourite new pop intellectual. He is just brutally succint as he takes on hot topics; especially ones nobody likes to tackle https://youtu.be/pu__97bVyOc

Kiana digs FM synthesis

Posted by [email protected] on May 17, 2018 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (1)

I don't do bedtime reading. I do sound design and sequencing. So when Kiana saw my bedtime synth, she wasn't gonna miss out on the fun. She just digs music sooo much!!! :lol:

Good Bye Song

Posted by [email protected] on May 10, 2018 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Bye to the teachers leaving the school.

Am F C G

Many happy days

we have shared together

When you go on your way

Remember us forever


Thank you thank you thank you thank you

for the happy times

Thank you thank you thank you thank you

Good luck and goodbye

Good luck and goodbye

Will miss you when your gone

So please visit us someday

We want to ...

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