How can we get the best results from our Primary musicians and actors? Here I share what we do at my school when we put on a Y5-6 musical production every other year. We are currently preparing for the performances on 20-21 November of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.
I bet lots of us spontaneously make up songs for storybooks. Here is one that was hugely popular.
I focus slightly less on voice development these days and more on enjoying singing. Having said that, children who are not able to access their head voice are much less likely to sing in tune and therefore enjoy singing. So it is important. Voice is the most personal of instruments and care must be taken to preserve its positive connotations/feelings above all else.
I teach several hundred students per week so learning names is an important skill to master.
It’s important to switch off during the long break and use your time exactly how you wish. Here are some ways I am using my time this summer.
2 quality books to help connect children to the orchestras and their music.
There are far too many good singing games to put in one post and these kept coming into my mind. I hope you enjoy them! Year 1 Apple Tree Students sit in a circle and sing the song. One person walks around the outside carrying a (plastic) apple. At the end of the song, they … Continue reading 6 MORE Best Singing Games
Singing games are the best! What are your students’ favourites for the end of year?
Our end of year concert, 'Patana Primary', is this coming Thursday. It features performances by all of our extra curricular groups, the presentation of the Music Awards and a few soloists too. It is bound to be jam-packed full of wonderful music-making. Jam-packed is the relevant phrase here, as it is likely to last for … Continue reading MCs or no MCs?
I spend most of my week engaging with young musicians, developing musical skills and encouraging enjoyment of music. But this week, I have been lucky enough to focus on my own enjoyment as a listener and audience member. First I enjoyed an amazing orchestra concert by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, midweek I saw an awesome … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Support Live Music as a Music Educator