Christmas Countdown Song

My students love Advent calendars, especially the ones that include chocolates behind each door. This year, for our End-of-Year Christmas Assembly, we’re performing an advent calendar song called ‘Christmas Countdown‘. No chocolates, but lots of fun anyway. Christmas Countdown has six verses and six choruses. Each chorus proclaims the date and the number of days to go until Christmas. Each

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Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10

Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10

  ACARA (The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) has released a consultation draft of The Arts curriculum. The paper is organised into eight sections: Rationale and Aims Organisation Dance Drama Media Arts Music Visual Arts Glossary Each of the five Arts subjects has its individual rational, aims and learning detailed. Learning outcomes are then

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Free Drumkit Posters

Here’s a set of free posters depicting the main parts of a drumkit. The posters feature large views of essential hardware including the snare,bass drum, floor tom, bass drum pedal, hi-hat and ride cymbal. Each poster is labelled and includes a QR code linking to the relevant Wikipedia page. Drumkit Parts Posters Download

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Finale Songbook

Woo hoo! There’s now an official Finale music notation app – Finale Songbook – and for a (free) first go, it’s not bad – not bad at all. Now I’ve used the Finale notation program ever since it was available on Windows, and I have all the disks to prove it! Back in the day,

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Tango iPad / iPhone app

Tango? Yes, as in ‘to takes two to’. Two Tangos then? Yes, one sits on your iPad, one sits on the iPhone (or iPod). And when you have two Tangos? One acts as a remote control for the other. Once installed you have complete access to you iTunes library: playlists, songs, albums, videos, podcasts. The

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A simulated FM radio station

We’re in the process of establishing a radio station at school. I’ve established some links with the wonderful people at our local FM station GulfFM and we’re hoping to have a low-powered community FM station set up in the next 12 months. In the meantime I’ve put together some equipment in one of our practice

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iPads and Interactive Whiteboards

The Whiteboard Blog compares three ways of using your iPad with an interactive whiteboard. While I have a PC connected to the whiteboard in the classroom, it only gets used for PowerPoint and program demonstrations. For playing music examples and video clips, my iPad is the gadget of choice. (CineX player is a slick video

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iPads in School Productions

Warner Crocker is the Artistic Director at Wayside Theatre in Virginia, USA. His article (below) discussed how his theatre’s policy on the use of phones and other ‘gadgets’ had changed as both backstage and front-of-house crew found themselves using the devices to streamline their jobs. The iPad was certainly an indispensable part of our last

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