Yey, I love it, it's Autumn time. The time of year for fresh starts, amazing colours in nature and there's still a hint of sunshine! This year I have a few exciting projects that have been on the backburner but are slowly but surely coming to life! MY BOOK! I have been writing a book… Continue reading It’s Autumn!
First day back for me and first day on Steel Pans with Foundation and second with Year 1. I really wanted them to have fun exploring the sounds, listening to creating harmonies and keeping a steady beat. I worked with smaller groups in Foundation and we firstly sung our Gentle Hands song and clapped along… Continue reading Steel Pan Summer
We were lucky to be joined today by Elfyn from DMEH joined us for the first session with Year 1 today. We had a little introduction to the history of the pans, how to hold and play with the beaters (gently) and then had a go at finding some notes. We sung two songs to… Continue reading Steel Pans; introduction
Following on from last week, I felt the children needed to let loose and have a good explore of the sounds and instruments. So I set up music stations and activities. We started with some warm ups and talked about pitch and we recapped singing our ocean song which includes call & response structure. Then… Continue reading Exploring Sounds
After our warm ups, I wanted to continue their understanding on pitch today so I introduced the rainbow chimes and talked about walking up the stairs step by step (from middle C up an octave) and then back down again. We modelled this with our bodies low to the ground crouching down and then up… Continue reading Understanding Pitch
First session back and I was impressed by all the classes enthusiasm and listening ears! This term I will be focusing on ‘pitch’ and planned a few sessions around the song ‘Down under the Sea’. So we started with circle games and a welcome clapping song (clap your hands together) and practiced listening to instructions.… Continue reading Down Under the Sea
Here's a short excerpt from the 'Suffrage' songwriting project I collaborated on with DAISI, National Trust and Broadclyst Girl Guides. Film by Benjamin Wigley. https://vimeo.com/307664726