The Ghost of Tom

The ‘Ghost of Tom’ (or ‘Ghost of John’) is a perennial Halloween favourite and no wonder. It’s (a little bit) spooky, has a ghost, a ghost lyric (oo-oo-oo), is a round and can be accompanied by just two notes. This version is in Am, making it easy to perform on tuned percussion instruments (no sharps or

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Music Alphabet Cards

“Music Mind Games” (Michiko Yurko, Warner Bros Publications) is an outstanding resource for any music educator, especially so if you’re planning on teaching any aspect of music theory. With its emphasis on cooperative learning, hands-on games and ‘joyful learning’ the simple, focused and fun games can be used to teach everything from the basic music alphabet

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Socrative polling app

I saw the Socrative student polling app demonstrated at the Music Ednet ‘Daytime‘ music conference. Socrative is free (basic use) and consists of a teacher module where quizzes, questionnaires and resource materials are assembled and a class module where students logon (via the website or app) to take part in the poll. Our demonstration had

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Australian Curriculum Music & Drama Skills / Knowledge Overviews

First term is program writing term. With existing courses in desperate need of alignment, I used the information on the Australian Curriculum site to create a short, easy to read summaries of the relevant Music Skills & Knowledge and Drama Skills & Knowledge. The summaries are in pdf format; contact me for the editable Word documents.  R-8 Drama

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Maverick Musicals Update

My good mates at Maverick Musicals (who publish my musicals) have just updated their website and what a beauty it is! Now, I must admit to nostalgia for the old site, after all, I designed and coded it, learning FrontPage, asp programming and design along the way. But there was no easy way to bring this very

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Printable Paper

Printable Paper is a top resource for teachers – and students – with a huge range (1300+ and counting) of paper templates, graph paper, lined paper and music paper. It’s all free, it’s all organised beautifully (just don’t click on the occasional ‘Start Download’ ad links) and there’s no registration needed. Try these pages: Graph

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Erols Singers Studio

As a music teacher, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit that my singing voice is most definitely not up to scratch. In fact ‘scratch’ is probably a fair assessment of the tonal range and pitch qualities! I’ve tried a few iPad apps in the hope they might – at the very least – provide me

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Drumkit Rock Rhythms Poster

Drumkit Rock Rhythms Poster

At its most basic, a drumkit rock rhythm can have just just four components: a snare drum hit on beats 2 and 4, a bass drum hit on beats 1 and 3. The pdf  poster features eight variations on this idea, each adding a slightly more complex hi-hat pattern or bass-drum variation. The bass drum

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