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I'm John Gleadall - teaching for 40 years and finding that bespoke material that matches and challenges the ability profile of the children is a good way forward. 20 years in 'socially challenged' schools, 10 years in a more leafy area and 10 years in junior school - it's a good mix and has resulted in a wide variety of musical material for children.

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I'm John Gleadall - teaching for 40 years and finding that bespoke material that matches and challenges the ability profile of the children is a good way forward. 20 years in 'socially challenged' schools, 10 years in a more leafy area and 10 years in junior school - it's a good mix and has resulted in a wide variety of musical material for children.
Harvest Hoe Down - a new song for Harvest Assembly
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Harvest Hoe Down - a new song for Harvest Assembly

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Here's a KS1/2 Harvest song in a country style. It is written to have a line dance in the middle of it - you could do 'The Funky Cowboy' as demonstrated in the video, or get the children to create a 'Harvesting Line Dance' with digging and reaping actions. If you don't fancy the line dance, simply repeat a verse or write some lyrics of your own. There is a vocal demo, a backing track, a score and a set of lyrics.
Song of the Magi - very simple song for the three wise men
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Song of the Magi - very simple song for the three wise men

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This song has a beautiful, simple melody with lyrics which vary only in the gift - so basically the same (easy to learn) verse sung three times, each verse highlighting the gift brought by that King. There is a short musical interlude to allow the Kings to present the gift before the next verse is sung. This is from 'Nanny's Nativity' John Gleadall kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Reggae Reggae Harvest
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Reggae Reggae Harvest

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Written for Junior School Harvest assembly. OK so Cauliflowers are STILL fluffy but sometimes you have to ring the changes just to keep your sanity. This time I’ve added the ‘Reggae Reggae Harvest’ song to go along with the ‘Harvest Gospel’ and ‘Harvest Hoe Down’ - just to give some alternatives. This one is dead easy to sing and introduces the idea that all countries harvest their own crops and fruits and vegetables even though the produce may be very different to that which we see in shops where we live. Written in a reggae style this song references fruit and veg. you may find in Jamaica - so there is some fun to be had identifying the various foods named in the song - such as Callaloo, Johnny Cakes or Duckanoo. The last line of the chorus adds a ‘reggae’ lyric on every repeat, so we start off with ‘Reggae Reggae’ and end up with ’ Reggae, reggae, reggae, reggae, reggae’. Go to the You Tube demo to check the song out. Enjoy! If you need a vocal score, chords or piano score just let me know : kidzmusicals@icloud.com - I’ll try and add it soon anyway, but please ask - I can also change key or tempo - no charge.
Ghostbusters - A Band Arrangement
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Ghostbusters - A Band Arrangement

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Here’s a school band arrangement created for the bizarre collection of instruments available at my junior school. The audio link provides a guide. If you want a midi file or other parts get in touch. I notice that this arrangement has clocked up nearly 3000 downloads and not one comment - it would be great to get some feedback! kidzmusicals@icloud.com Who you gonna call………
Dem Bones - Lyrics and Backing Track
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Dem Bones - Lyrics and Backing Track

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Here’s the old spiritual ‘Dem Bones Dem Dry Bones’. Lyrics and backing track provided - provide your own apostrophes though! Handy song if you’re ‘doing’ the skeleton. kidzmusicals@icloud.com
The Mock Turtle's Song - The Lobster Quadrille
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The Mock Turtle's Song - The Lobster Quadrille

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The Mock Turtle’s Song from Alice In Wonderland, set to an unexpected tune - not a quadrille at all - but then the turtle was a mock turtle, so nothing is as expected! It’s a very infectious melody and this piece would fit in with any study or presentation of Lewis Carroll’s work. I’ve set all of his ‘Alice’ poems to music, so if you need anything just ask!
Extraordinary Night - Bollywood Bhangra in Bethlehem!
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Extraordinary Night - Bollywood Bhangra in Bethlehem!

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The Shepherds meet the angels meet the wise men in a three part contrapuntal song with a Bollywood dance routine in the middle - just listen to it! Heavily influenced by Middle eastern music tradition with a splash of Bhangra. From ‘The Nativity Play’ coming soon on the TES resources site. Any questions or request, please get in touch at kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Have You Got A Room?  Mary and Joseph try to get accommodation with a one finger ukulele song
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Have You Got A Room? Mary and Joseph try to get accommodation with a one finger ukulele song

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A dialogue in song between the Innkeeper and Mary and Joseph. There is a very simple one finger ukulele part (chord windows shown on the score). If anyone requests it I'll post a video on You Tube showing how to play it. The main feature is the grumpy Innkeeper who counterpoints the gentle melody with sharp ripostes - until the end of the song - but you know how it ends...... Ask for more information if required. This song is from 'Nanny's Nativity' John Gleadall kidzmusicals@icloud.com
The Greatest Gift At Christmas - I asked the children this question - and they said...
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The Greatest Gift At Christmas - I asked the children this question - and they said...

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I asked the children to write their Christmas list - the stuff they really wanted this Christmas. I then asked them to pretend that they were one of the migrants displaced by war in the middle East - or they were a child in Paris (November 2015) and their Mum or big brother, or any close family member was involved in the terrorist attack. I then asked them to write another Christmas list. Suddenly the iPads and other consumer products were missing from the list. Here's what we came up with: Christmas is a window on a world of love and peace An annual reminder we want war and hate to cease We’d like to have a future of happiness and love We’d like to show the world the meaning of Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Open up the window and we’re sure that you will see The world is full of children who are just like you and me We only want a future and we can show the way We want the Christmas feeling everyday Christmas - A time of love and peace Christmas - A time for war to cease Christmas - Why can’t we live this way Christmas - Live Christmas everyday Just look through the window and we’re sure you will agree The greatest gift at Christmas is a loving family So families come together, unite in every land And we will make the people understand Christmas - A time of love and peace Christmas - A time for war to cease Christmas - Why can’t we live this way Christmas - Live Christmas everyday
The Poetry Song
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The Poetry Song

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Rising sevens asked for a song about poetry for their class assembly. We discovered that there is a worldwide dearth of poetry numbers so we made one up using the poetic "vocab - u - lary " (listen to the demo) they are learning about. You could do what we did and make up your own lyrics? If anybody really needs a score then let me know and I'll make one. kidsmusicals@icloud.com musicals4kidz
Nanny's Nativity - Christmas show for ALL abilities
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Nanny's Nativity - Christmas show for ALL abilities

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A Complete Nativity Play with songs suitable for year 2 up to year 5. There are VERY easy parts for the youngest/least able children plus more challenging parts for the more able children. The show comes complete with script, backing tracks and demo tracks. If you want to hack it about to suit your children, please do - the children are more important than the script. If you would like any key changes or extra bits - just get in touch, everything is possible. Lots of speaking parts (literally dozens) so you can do this with a whole phase or a whole year group. The 'Stable Song' can also be accompanied by ukulele. Exciting eastern style dancing plus a variety of choral singing - written by a teacher to suit the demands of busy teachers. Six brand new songs with an optional Megamix at the end. Please feedback your views - I'm thinking of putting a completely new finale song in instead of the megamix - would this be too much to learn? I don't think so..... The price includes performance royalties - and you can make a DVD or CD if you want to - just let me know please. John Gleadall kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Christmas tree - a lively new Christmas song
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Christmas tree - a lively new Christmas song

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A really catchy new Christmas song from John Gleadall, with an infectious tune and beat - you’ll be sick of it by the end of term! Easy to learn and sticks in the brain. Just listen through to the demo and imagine the actions. This song is from ‘Nanny’s Nativity’ - also available on TES resources. If you would like the score or backing track just get in touch - I can provide scores for any instruments you have available: kidzmusicals@icloud.com
The Baby's A Miracle - a new Christmas song, for Joseph and Mary
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The Baby's A Miracle - a new Christmas song, for Joseph and Mary

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A new song from 'The Nativity Play' (coming soon on TES resources) which highlights the relationship between Joseph and Mary. This can be done as a boy girl duet or as a boy girl duet with all singing the chorus = or simply have all boys singing Joseph and all girls singing Mary. A gentle piano accompaniment to heartfelt lyrics - see below: Joseph (boys) When you were lonely I stood by your side When you were frightened I helped you decide I watched you suffer I hurt when you cried I knew the truth So I made you my bride ( And) All the baby’s a miracle A sweet mystery And we will help him show the way Yes the baby’s a miracle A new History Begins from this moment today Mary (girls) Why I was chosen I can’t say I know Why you stayed with me When I thought you’d go We’re on this journey My Heart is aglow To know you are with me Just to know we can show (that)............ kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Three Wise Men - REALLY catchy Christmas song in EASY parts!
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Three Wise Men - REALLY catchy Christmas song in EASY parts!

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Incredibly catchy song about the 3 wise men travelling to Bethlehem complete with harmonies and contrapuntal singing with two melodies that are easily sung. There's an ethnic element to the 'street beat' rhythm. THIS REALLY WORKS AND THE CHILDREN LOVE IT!!!! I've rescored this with easy guitar chords. The children can practise at home with the You Tube link and the learning aids on my website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qhr87dJr58 http://www.musicals4kidz.com/musicals4kidz.com/Christmas_Songs_for_Choirs.html Get in touch if you need help or more information, or wish to comment about the song. kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Assembly song in Gospel style -   Standing in The Need  of Prayer
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Assembly song in Gospel style - Standing in The Need of Prayer

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A ‘Gospelled Up’ version of this song with a new four part bridge section which is totally mesmerising when you get four groups singing a part each. Totally doable and totally good fun - plus you get the whole school doing contrapuntal part singing!!!! The sound on the chorus is amazing when you get the handclaps going……: John Gleadall kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Got No Room Today.  No room at the inn - A Ragtime Cowboy saloon keepers' song. GREAT FUN!
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Got No Room Today. No room at the inn - A Ragtime Cowboy saloon keepers' song. GREAT FUN!

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A light hearted tongue twisting Inn Keepers song telling Mary and Joseph that they are booked solid - it’s Christmas for goodness sake! Piano parts and score included. Full demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aY9FtXgQR0 Contact me at musicals4kidz@icloud.com John Gleadall YOU DIDN’T BOOK IT IN ADVANCE AND NOW YOU HAVEN’T GOT A CHANCE AND WE’VE GOT NO ROOM TODAY YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WISER IF YOU LOOKED ON TRIP ADVISER ’COS WE’VE GOT NO ROOM TODAY YOUR CHANCES ARE QUITE SLIM ’COS WE’RE FULL UP TO THE BRIM SO YOU’D BETTER KEEP ON LOOKING ’COS WE’VE TAKEN EVERY BOOKING YOU’VE REALLY GOT A MISSION TAKE A LOOK AT HER CONDITION AND WE’VE GOT NO ROOM TODAY! YOU MUST BE OFF YOUR ROCKER ’COS WE’RE ABSOLUTELY CHOCKER AND WE’VE GOT NO ROOM TODAY YOU MIGHT THINK THAT IT’S SENSELESS IT’S BECAUSE OF CAESAR’S CENSUS BUT WE’VE GOT NO ROOM TODAY YOU REALLY SHOULD BE GOING CAUSE WE’RE FULL TO OVERFLOWING NOW WE’RE ABSOLUTELY CRAMMED EVERY ROOM IS SIMPLY JAMMED AND YOU REALLY OUGHT TO KNOW THAT WE’VE BEEN SLEEPING HEAD TO TOE AND WE’VE GOT NO ROOM TODAY! ARE YOU REALLY OFF YOUR HEAD, WE’RE PUTTING SEVEN IN A BED AND WE’VE GOT NO ROOM TODAY NOW YOU’LL HAVE TO STAY OUTSIDE BECAUSE WE’RE FULLY OCCUPIED AND WE’VE GOT NO ROOM TODAY YOU REALLY SHOULD REMEMBER THIS IS BETHL’HEM IN DECEMBER JUST CROSS US OF THE LIST COS IT’S THIS BUSY EVERY CHRISTMAS IF YOU REALLY WANT THE TRUTH WE’RE EVEN SLEEPING ON THE ROOF AND WE’VE GOT NO ROOM TODAY – I REALLY MEAN IT GOT NO ROOM TODAY!
The Donkey Song - A Christmas One Finger Ukulele Song!
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The Donkey Song - A Christmas One Finger Ukulele Song!

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From 'The Nativity Play' - A different kind of Christmas song from John Gleadall. It takes some effort to get this right, but I promise you it totally works; the children want to sing it and play it. It’s a one finger ukulele song and a quirky arrangement with exchanges between boys and girls. I’ve been told it’s not ‘normal’ enough for juniors but I do it every year with year 3 and they just love it. Listen to the demo - you’ll smile. You've got a demo track a backing track and a lyric sheet - if you need any help with the uke part, please get in touch - I will put a lesson on You Tube if anyone requests it. kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Christmas Songs for juniors
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Christmas Songs for juniors

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Three great new songs for Christmas singing. A brilliant '3 Wise Men' number with two easily singable (and very earwormy) parts, a great new gospel style song for the choir, 'Everything Changes' and a thoughtful song about children around the world at Christmas - 'The Greatest Gift'