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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.

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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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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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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Melodic Step Sequencer

Posted by [email protected] on May 22, 2017 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Melodic Step Sequencer

Have children in a row. Give each child a chime that corresponds to the note of a melody. On child or teacher walks steadily past each child and they have to play their note. Together they must guess the name of the melody.

You can expand on this by having teams or two rows and reward the most musical team, or having them sing a word each.

Easy melodies are

Twinkle twinkle (CGGAAG-FFEEDDC-)


Incy Wincy Spider (CCCD...

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Where is the Froggy Game?

Posted by [email protected] on January 24, 2017 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes teaching singing can be like pulling teeth: kids are just not in the mood. Here's a game that never fails to engage kids. If anything, it will get kids arguaing over who gets to sing.

Have one turn her back to the the class and give a pencil, a book, and a toy frog to three volunteer singers. Sing the song:


Who's got the pencil?

(Only child with item)

I got the pencil


Who's got the bo...

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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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