I absolutely loved this weeks session. I knew by now the sessions needed to get mixed up a bit to keep engagement so I decided to continue on from storytelling and compose a song. It was a windy, rainy day so was quite apt as I told them we were going on a boat adventure… Continue reading Djembes; composing sea songs
Here are some of the lovely books I have been using for some of the musical activities this term. I also use my own ideas, activities plus songs from Sing Up and ideas from some great music blogs out there such as Music Jungle, Ashley Danyew, Total Choir plus many more.
We kept the teams formula today as this worked well. But we started with recapping the song we learned last week plus some new songs; Meet my Uke Finger Rumba C Chord Song ‘I am C, look at me’ Then we played a game ‘Follow the leader’. Each team took turns to follow me around the room… Continue reading Ukuleles; singing with C
Today we followed on from last week with the theme of minibeasts but developed it into a story using our drums. We start in the same way; marching ants to sit in the drum circle, then warm up clapping games and body percussion. We play the dynamics game all together on the drums with conductors in… Continue reading Djembes; storytelling
Following our African themed music we sung two African songs in choir today. The first is called ‘Nanuma’ which is a Ghanaian greeting song meaning ‘as we travel through life have we done enough to get to heaven’. The second song is called ‘Banuwa’ which is a beautiful lullaby from Liberia meaning ‘don’t cry pretty… Continue reading Choir; African rounds
Minibeast theme today! I collected the children as we usually board the Djembe Train but this time we were marching ants. We had a leader with a smaller drum who led the marching ants to the djembe circle (this activity acts as a metronome (kind of) so the children can start to hear the beat… Continue reading Djembes; minibeast rhythms
We had a great first ukulele session back from half term this morning. The sun was shining through our music classroom windows, the ukuleles looking bright and ready for action and the children engaged and enthusiastic. Today it was a competition between the green and blue teams. I sat the children in two lines opposite… Continue reading Ukulele; chord of C