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Little Star Choir

Posted by [email protected] on April 22, 2019 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

BSB Little Star Win at the St Chris Music Festival ;)

Posted by [email protected] on April 17, 2019 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This year has been so special for the Little Stars Choir. Winning at St Christopher is a huge accomplishment and the kids and parents were just overjoyed!



The 3Rs

Posted by [email protected] on March 28, 2019 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Three it's a magic number

Yes it is, it's a magic number

Because two times three is six

And three times six is eighteen

And the eighteenth letter in the alphabet is R


We've got three R's

We're going to talk about today

We've got to learn to


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


If you're going to the market

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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

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

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 »

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:

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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Kye Kye Kule Tutorial

Posted by [email protected] on April 24, 2018 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Visual Musical Minds teach this song that comes from Ghana, Africa.


The lyrics tare:


Che Che Koolay,

Che Che Kofisa

Kofisa Langa

Ka Ka Silanga

Kum Ade Nde



Reggio-Inspired Music Education

Posted by [email protected] on March 28, 2018 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The speaker contrasts traditional music ed with Reggio inspired. He describes the traditional system as being recreational: it recreates somebody else music, the end result is performing other peoples music, instead of the child's own music. He criticizes the specialization of traditional musicianship, comparing a child who is given an oboe to rehearse repetetively with a child who is ionly given one colour to paint with. This clashes with the Reggio ideal where the decision making process is...

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Fireworks in Your Mind

Posted by [email protected] on February 11, 2018 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)
Love this Ted cartoon. https://youtu.be/R0JKCYZ8hng

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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