Timothy Tuck, Cornish teacher

You never quite know when – or where – you’ll turn up on the net.

But even I was a little surprised to find myself (and one of my musicals) in the footnotes to “Cornish Wrecking, 1700-1860: Reality and Popular Myth” (Cathryn Pearce).

Even more surprising is to discover I’m actually a Cornish teacher…

I have to admit to some links with Cornwall. Just up the road from us in South Australia is the historic Moonta township (‘one of the three towns in the ‘Copper Triangle’)  settled by Cornish miners. I did also visit Cornwall a few years ago but make no claims to any Cornish blood, as I was born in Welwyn Garden City.

Still, it is nice to have ‘Wreckers’ (one of my favourite productions) footnoted so.

 

 

Posters feature on Twitter

Yay!

Two of my resources – the ‘Say Please‘ posters and the ‘Classroom Rights and Responsibilities’ posters are featuring on the TES Twitter feed this week.

I quote…

“This is a useful resource and has been selected to feature on the @TESPrimary twitter feed over the next week. Thank you so much for sharing, you are helping to inspire teachers and students all over the world!”

 

Cabbage Patch Dragon – in NZ

My musical ‘Cabbage Patch Dragon‘ (about a dragon, found in a cabbage patch…) is going international.

The fine folks at Lower Moutere school in New Zealand have their first performance on September 20th at the Memorial Hall in Motueka.

All the very best for the NZ premiere!

You can visit the school website here.

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Music Essentials – Arranging

Cover of the book 'Music Essentials - Arranging'

Cover of Music Essentials - Arranging

Arranging is one of two creative secondary music titles I’ve written for Blake Education.

It was written with Year 9-10 in mind, but could be readily adpated for younger students with more music experience.

It’s fully photocopiable, so you can make your own arranging booklets or cherry-pick the material for inclusion in your own courses.

Chapter topics include:

Transposing, Chords, Keyboard Styles, Chord Inversions, Chord Inversions at Work, The Keyboard Accompaniment, Bass guitar, The Guitar Part, Guitar TAB, Drums, Counter Melody, Fills, Harmony, Finale Notepad, Templates and a Reference Page.

My aim for the book was for students to complete an actual arrangement, learning skills in transposing, writing accompaniments and creating melody fills. The book works equally well with paper or software and Finale Notepad which is mentioned in the book has now had some serious updates to it, as is once again free.

Here’s what Blake have to say about it:

Music Essentials: Arranging includes activities relating to arranging; transposing; chords and chord inversions; accompaniment styles; notation for guitar, bass and drums; and harmony and counter melodies. Creative approaches to learning the skills of songwriting and arranging that don’t require additional equipment and only basic note reading skills. Covers everything students need to start composing their own songs, including lyrics, tunes and chord progressions. Elements of music theory – such as major scales, blues scales and basic chord construction – are also woven into the activities to provide a solid theoretical foundation. A key feature of this series are the suggested ways in which to integrate notation software and freeware into music lessons.

Music Essentials – Arranging is available from www.blake.com.au for around $40