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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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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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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

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

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.

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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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´┐Ż??? 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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