The Marrog

The Marrog is a fantastic poem by R.C. Scriven that we have been looking at over the last few days. Here are some activities that we used and some that I plan to use with the Marrog as inspiration. Rhyming words The children can write a list of all the rhyming words in the poem. […]

Music Mondays 3

This weeks music monday is a piece of music from ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ called ‘The Kiss’ or ‘The Gael’ . I have loved this piece of music since I first watched the movie many years ago and I used to listen to it constantly. Music; Compare and contrast the two sections of the […]

Music Mondays 2

This week I’m sharing a well known and loved song – The Erie Canal by Bruce Springsteen. This YouTube video gives the lyrics as well as some useful facts about the Erie Canal.

Music Mondays 1

Music Mondays is a new blogpost idea I had at the beginning of January but Mondays kept passing and I kept forgetting so here is my first blogpost in this series. Music Mondays will be a series of blogposts where I write about songs/ tunes/pieces of music that I’ve used in the classroom or that I […]

Tradtime – FREE Music Software for Schools

I recently spotted a competition on Facebook by a company ‘Tradtime’ and I was intrigued. I got in contact with Tradtime and they agreed to set up an account for me so I could review the site and software. Tradtime You can visit the Tradtime site here.

Music; Singing

Song Singing falls under the Performing strand of the music curriculum. I think its one of the easier strands to teach but at times it can be difficult to think of suitable songs to teach. I’m hoping to share a list of songs that I enjoy teaching below – if you have any more to […]

Background Music in the classroom

I love Music and try to incorporate it as much as possible into the classroom – listening and responding, song singing, playing instruments are all part of the music curriculum. I also find teaching times tables through song works brilliantly for many children.

Summer Course; The National Childrens Choir (A review)

I completed this course with the National Childrens Choir during the first week of the summer holidays. I haven’t done a face to face course in 3/4 years so was looking forward to something different. Getting up on the first morning was extremely difficult as I was in holiday mode.

Tin Whistle in the classroom

Last summer I completed Tin Whistle and the Music Curriculum in preparation for teaching tin whistle this year. I have really enjoyed teaching the tin whistle this year and am so delighted with the progress that children have made – in performing, composing and reading music. We practice for about 10-15 minutes every day and the children […]