I asked my dad recently about how he learnt music in primary school when he was growing up in Belfast in the 60’s. He told me about the BBC radio show “Singing Together” which broadcast every Monday morning at 11am. Classrooms across the country would tune in and sing along to songs covering everything from […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]