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Music resources for a tone deaf teacher

Discussion in 'Scotland - curriculum' started by Elaine087, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Hi! I am an NQT about to teach primary 5 and have so far managed to avoid ever teaching a music lesson. I wondered if anyone knows any good resources or has any advice that I can have up my sleeve. I know that the staff at the school will be keen to help but I don't want to shy away from the subject completely- need to bite the bullet at some point.

  2. Hi! I am an NQT about to teach primary 5 and have so far managed to avoid ever teaching a music lesson. I wondered if anyone knows any good resources or has any advice that I can have up my sleeve. I know that the staff at the school will be keen to help but I don't want to shy away from the subject completely- need to bite the bullet at some point.

  3. jubilada

    jubilada New commenter

    Hi Elaine - glad to read of your determined approach to tackling music, a definite positive! I am am a primary music specialist, (now doing only supply) so I obviously think music is a valuable subject.
    There are a wealth of good resources for non specialists, but it would be a good idea to see what your school has, and if they follow any particular scheme. I know a lot of schools use music express (A & C Black) which is both loved and hated in equal measure ( I am the latter!) but it wouldn't hurt to have a look at a copy if you can get into a shop and see what you think. It also depends on ability in the school/class, I have come across P5s who cant keep a steady beat, clap a rhythm and sing really poorly and others that can sing or play in 3 parts.
    Start with an area of music you feel most comfortable with - are you happy to sing? Listening and discussing? Music games? Is the idea of using instruments terrifying?
    Happy to help any time - I have plenty of resources and would be happy to send you anything that might help.

  4. Hi Elaine
    Well done taking the plunge!
    I've used Music Express too and I'm a fan - it's very accessible for non-musicians.Just remember if it's P5 then you need the Y4 book.The instructions for each lesson are very explicit and easy to follow.
    Or you could have a look at Red Hot Dots by Sarah Wattts. I haven't used the pupil's activities but I did use some of the songs last term. and the children loved them. The accompanying CD has many of the songs at a slower tempo to learn them and a faster one to use when you know them.
    You could try www.Kevinmayhew.com where you'll find a new series of Our singing School with backing tracks including hits from 2008/09 which you might find useful.It's here:
    You can hear more tracks by going to youtube here:

    If you're trying to be ACE and linking your music to your topic, post back here again and tell us what it is and we might know some specific resources.

  5. Hi, there's a book by the National Youth Choir of Scotland called Singing Games for Middle Years which I use a lot. (am music specialist) This, as the title suggests!, if full of games for singing, circle games, partner games, clapping games etc. The basic idea is trying to keep a steady beat while doing actions, perhaps passing or bouncing a ball/tapping with chopsticks etc. Most kids like it as they songs keep them busy rather than just sitting singing. There is a CD with each one so I guess you could even do it along to the CD, or learn it yourself as you'll have to stop/start a lot. Obviously this doesn't cover the entire music remit but could be a good start. Maybe you could decide on a topic such as instruments of the orchestra-you could use Peter and the Wolf, or Carnival of the Animals or something. I'm sure there must be schemes already made up to access on here, or on internet, or to buy (sorry no good at this, usually make up my own stuff) and then the kids could have sheets and activities while listening, and you would have a definate structure. There would usually be some performing opportunities in a topic like this for trying out sound effects or even trying some of the main melodic themes from the music they are listening to. This gives opportunities for more able children, or those who receive instrumental tuition, to try more challenging bits of music, or accompany the others playing something more basic.
  6. Hi jubilada!

    I was just reading your post and wondering if you could help me out with some ideas/resources for Primary music. I did my PGCE in Secondary Music, but have since found a job at a primary school as their music specialist, I'm quite comfortable with regards to Year 4-6 but the younger ones, Years 1-3 I'm not so sure, I have a subscription to Sing-Up, and I will be using some of the songs found there. Like you I'm not keen on Music Express at all! So any ideas, for games, starters, projects, songs, strategies for delivery with this age range, would be very much appreciated :)

    Many Thanks

    Ai :)
  7. jubilada

    jubilada New commenter

    Hi Ai

    My e mail address is jubilada07@live.co.uk
    If you want to send me yours I will send some of my plans (non CfE!),ideas I've used.
    The Singing Games and Rhymes for Early Years is a good starting point and would try and get hold of that.
  8. I have to agree with
    jubilada, it is good to know that you are determined to overcome and be inclined more in music, hope to see that spirit to everyone out there that really needs it. The idea of learning by ear seems overwhelming, mostly to people who have only learnt by reading notation, it is highly achievable by just about anyone. After all, having developed instinctive muscular responses in our vocal cords during childhood, we can naturally produce the sounds or words we hear in our heads without much conscious thought as to the physical processes involved. Likewise, learning by ear trains the fingers, larynx and other bodily mechanisms involved in playing to also respond instinctively to these sounds, allowing us to create them on the instrument.
  9. swish1

    swish1 New commenter

    We use Bubbles Music. It's really fun and easy to follow and links in with popular topics.

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