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Hi

 

Although i have now nearly finished my nqt year (only the summer term to go!) i am still unsure of how i should be planning music. Creative development covers music and moving to it etc but im struggling to know how to fit it constructively into my week. Previous teacher seems to have done nothing but sing songs on the topic of that term, surely theres more to it than that and giving them instruments every now and then.

 

Any help would be fab.

 

P.S is there any good websites about parachute games? I've never used one before!

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Hi

 

Check with your music coordinator as she/ he may have some ideas!?!

I've struggled with this as well, compounded by the fact that our weekly music slot is taken by a specialist teacher who does'nt seem to know that instruments exist let alone that we have a medium term plan!

 

In additional sessions I try to incorporate using instruments e.g. dance and responding games. I have aimed to encourage the children to develop their control of the instruments available (playing quietly/ loudly/ what do they have to do to make a sound etc). I have also used instruments with our songs and occassionally stories.

I also use Lets go Zudio a lot as well as music express.

 

 

Hope that is of use

 

Lisa

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I'd definately reccommend Music Express. I love it. Our whole school uses it and I find its really easy for me to adapt (I'm a muscian so I don't totally stick to it and I have to change it slightly because of the mix of my class) but I know that non music teachers love it too. I also own lets go Zudie-o which is also good.

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Thanks for the parachute ideas, they're great!

 

I would recommend 'Making Waves' by Jenny Mosley and Helen Sonnet as a really good book for loads of parachute ideas.

I would also really recommend 'Singing Games and Rhymes for the Early Years' as the teacher in my last placment used it and the children really enjoyed it. It does come with a CD but it was missing from the school copy so I can't comment on how good it was. I also really like 'Music Express' and 'Teaching Foundation Music' by Ann Bryant.

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I have a book called clapping games, which comes with a CD and looks quite good - havent tried it with my children yet.

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Coooooo! Susan, I'm impressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Thanks for sharing - why reinvent the wheel when someone else has the answer?!

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Hi Button Moon 'Belair Early years music' is a fantastic resource and inspiration - its aimed at 3-5 year olds and covers everything from composing, listening, to role play with music, tempo, pitch dynamics , you name it and what I like most is that the ideas are all fully integrated into all the other creative activities e.g. painting, movt. etc that you might be doing - I would not be without it We have this week just made caterpillar compositions from it to link with our work about the Hungry caterpillar - however today the boys were a little vigorous with the bells... need I say anymore ! :o

Belair Early years music

ISBN 0-94788-246-4

belair@belair-publications.co.uk

tel +44(0)1582 472788

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Dear Lorna

Loved the parachute games - seemed to have lost my book and my inspiration for my parachute and this has helped me remember some of the games and also lots of new ones. Thanks a lot - roll on next week my parachute will be coming out for a more productive time.

Nikki

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As well as singing topic-related or favourite songs, sometimes accompanied by instruments (not all children have an instrument at the same time :o ), I try to focus on one of the musical elements each half-term or so:

* Timbre (types or quality of sound, eg metal, wooden, human voice, stringed, etc etc)

* Pitch

* Tempo

*Dynamics

* Structure (the beginnings of composing)

* Texture (different sounds played/sung simultaneously)

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