TEACHER MARK'S MUSIC ROOM

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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

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] 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

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.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YthpIMzjeyM&list=PLDYqIK_NYzw77oQTcWpF_l1P6z2m1_ihw

 

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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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 »

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

Jason Vieux Method

Posted by [email protected] on May 9, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Grammy award winning guitarist Jason Vieux has outlined the following pieces for providing an excellent basis for guitarrists. I might try and provide links top all the pieces.

 

 

 

giuliani opus 50 #1 #3

 

giuliani opus 51 #1

 

Segovian Scales

 

Sor: Progressive study Opus 35 #1 #2

 

Sor: Progressive study Opus 31 #1 #3 #5

 

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Fueling creativity using musical AI

Posted by [email protected] on April 28, 2018 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Check https://www.jukedeck.com/ .Stubled accross these guys online and had my first noodle around on the interface. Within minutes I had produced several tracks in different genres. And by I, I mean AI, or an augmented me! Well, let's be fair here, there was actually not much input from my end; just setting a few parametres such as genre, mood and length, and letting the AI work it's magic. Early days for musical AI, but I was kinda vibing to the music!


They are beta testin...

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Reggio Emilia Nutshell

Posted by [email protected] on April 24, 2018 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This approach invisioned by Loris Malaguzzi focuses on the strong potential and rights of the childs. Children are therefor active participators in their own learning. The Reggio approach establishes a unique and reciprical role of the educator, whose role is three fold: teacher, child and environment.

In Reggio schools teachers are given non-contact time to plan and discuss classroom activities. The teacher values child initiated activity and uses open ended questioning to challenge an...

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Sue Suckling on The Future of Education

Posted by [email protected] on April 22, 2018 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Lately I've been a big fan of Singularity University. It's kind of taken TED's place in my life. It's more relevant.

Sue Suckling talks about her vision for the future of New Zealand education. She criticizes the omnipotence of educators in shaping the future of the youth, while enforcing an obsolete system in which students are expected to enter exams without any phones, watches or any access to digital information whatsoever... The problem being that we allready live in a world with a...

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Indian Rhythms

Posted by [email protected] on April 20, 2018 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Such an efficient rhythmic solfege system from the south of India! This rather direct path to rhythmic complexity makes me consider the extent to which people within a culture are so "quantized to grid". Fun eye opener for plain ol 4/4 types like myself´┐Ż??? Excellent teaching! https://youtu.be/KsvKQhOeQjQ

Kirars in Addis Ababa

Posted by [email protected] on November 6, 2017 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Last year I was close to enrolling in an MA in World Music. To be honest, I found the thought of in depth research daunting, and especially juggling that with moving to Bahrain and changing to teaching younger students, but still fancied the thought of adding another string to my bow. My recent trip to Ethiopia helped quell any regrets of not becoming a bonafide ethnomusicologist.

Even though I'm pushing 40, I'm still the reckless backpacker I was in my 20s and jump into things without...

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Letter to Parent

Posted by [email protected] on September 19, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As a specialist teacher, parents rarely express interest in my subject. This is both a curse and a blessing. Blessing because specialists have hundreds of students (a whopping 800 little musicians in my case). but the same time in a day. Then again, when parents tell you that music is an integral part of their life, it puts you in a good mood ;)!


One parent emailed me inquiering about her daughter's lessons and here was my response.


Dear Parent,

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Working at an amazing school

Posted by [email protected] on September 19, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Directorate of Private Schools & Kindergartens Reviews (DPS), which is a part of the

National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training

(QQA), conducted this special review in accordance with the review procedures of schools

with ‘outstanding’ performance in the last review cycle over one day by a team of twelve

reviewers. During the review, reviewers observed lessons and other activities, scrutinized

student...

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Working at an amazing school

Posted by [email protected] on September 19, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Directorate of Private Schools & Kindergartens Reviews (DPS), which is a part of the

National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training

(QQA), conducted this special review in accordance with the review procedures of schools

with ‘outstanding’ performance in the last review cycle over one day by a team of twelve

reviewers. During the review, reviewers observed lessons and other activities, scrutinized

student...

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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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