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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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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



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???? Excellent teaching! https://youtu.be/KsvKQhOeQjQ

Drums and Your Brain

Posted by [email protected] on February 26, 2018 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Posted by [email protected] on September 6, 2017 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a cool game I adapted from MUSICPLAY. It involves story telling, african singin, and drumming.

Here are my kids playing



Students sit in a circle and the teacher begins with a story about a little girl who lives in Ghana. One day the little girl is walking down a Country Lane when she falls down and hurts her finger on a rock. She runs to her gr...

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Seeing Rhythms differently

Posted by [email protected] on July 6, 2017 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Exciting vid showing the circular plotting of rhythms as opposed to traditional scores, visually exploring the similarities of various world musics. In the past I have used circular step sequencers and also tried to explain to students in this way. Chalk this one down. https://youtu.be/2UphAzryVpY

Super Hero Rhythm Game

Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2017 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Just had an idea for a fun drumming game. In teams, kids choose an upside down superhero rhythm flashcard. If the can play the rhythm to the pulse the team keeps it. Winning team gets drumming dojo powers. Should be a blast and great drum circle inspiration.

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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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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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