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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.
The Harvest Gospel - infectious Harvest song
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The Harvest Gospel - infectious Harvest song

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A new really good fun song for the Harvest festival written in a Gospel style. This song has proved very popular so I’ve added parts for different year groups. There are now parts for each year group. Check out the audio demo and backing track. If you like this song please comment. Also please check out ‘Harvest Hoe Down’ which is in a country style complete with line dance! kidzmusicals@icloud.com plus! REGGAE REGGAE HARVEST! See the You Tube link to this new song.
A Different Harvest Song
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A Different Harvest Song

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It’s that time of year again - cauliflowers are still fluffy but sometimes it’s nice to ring the changes. Here’s a different song written in four parts. Each year group sings their own verse and then they all sing the verses together - it’s a challenge but it works! Kidzmusicals@me.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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Irrestible contrapuntal melodies in this song about the 3 wise men travelling to Bethlehem complete with very easy harmonies - two tunes that are easily sung. There’s a middle eastern 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
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………
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.
Jabberwocky  Song
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Jabberwocky Song

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Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, set to music. Can be used to augment any drama or performing work, or as an introduction to any work on Alice. I’ve set all of Lewis Carroll’s poems to music, in as bizarre a way as possible - if you need music to any of his other work , let me know. It would be a great Performing Arts project for the pupils to devise their own presentation of the stories using the songs as a framework.
A Christmas Welcome - brilliant song to start your Christmas Concert
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A Christmas Welcome - brilliant song to start your Christmas Concert

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This is simple to sing - yet extremely effective. This works from year 2 up to adult. It's a simple three part song with three melodies that all work together and finishes on a great three part chord - harmony by stealth! It makes a great start to any Christmas Concert - it just works. The Lyrics are: 1 Time is back again welcome back again Though it's been a year Since the music played seasons come and fade Now we're singing here - Christmas 2 Time is near The music's here - Christmas 3 Time is near, it's a year, we've been here Sing our song, it's so long. now we're here - Christmas And that's it! Your singers/class/choir/whole school will learn it in ten minutes. Get them to go to the youtube link and learn it at home. Get in touch if you have any questions or requests. musicals4kidz.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!
Everything Changes -  My FAVOURITE Christmas song in choral gospel style with online parts
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Everything Changes - My FAVOURITE Christmas song in choral gospel style with online parts

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A wonderful new Christmas song by John Gleadall. A reworking of ‘Away in a Manger’ in a Gospel style with a great contrapuntal chorus with three melodies coming together to finish the song. This is a challenge - but totally worthwhile, the end result is superb! There is a short musical interlude in the middle, ready for an appropriate reading as a voice over. I’ve done this from year 3 to full church choirs. It’s my favourite composition! You have the demo, the backing track and the lyrics and score in this package. As a ‘home learning aid’ I’ve recorded the parts individually and put them on my website, also on You Tube - so you can send your choir home and ask them to learn part 1, 2 or three at home - there’s NEVER enough rehearsal time. Please let me know if this is helpful. Try it yourself - go here: http://www.musicals4kidz.com/musicals4kidz.com/Christmas_Songs_for_Choirs.html and sing through the parts. Also there’s a You Tube demo of the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgRd5VqKs0Y&feature=youtu.be By the way you should obviously get your sweetest, dearest child to sing the ‘Away In A Manger’ solo at the top of the song! This is from ‘The Nativity Play’ - also available on TES resources.: kidzmusicals@icloud.com
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
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
It's A New Day!  A song for the start of the day, the week, the term, the year.
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It's A New Day! A song for the start of the day, the week, the term, the year.

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This is a new song to start off the year, the term, the week or the day. It tells us that every day is a new beginning and offers a chance to help children reflect on the fact that they have an important choice to make every single day - how will they behave today? Will they make to most of the chances offered to them. It's a 'seize the day' song! The chorus of this song should be sung in three parts. I would have year 6 on the first part, year 5 on the send part and years 3 and four on the third part. It's very simple and ends on a three part chord. There is a vocal demo, an accompaniment track, lyrics and a score. It's in a really good fun western style complete with 'yee haa' at the end!
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
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! Alternative piano parts and vocal score now included in 4/4 and 6/8 time - it swings a lot! Piano part is quite complex - I can compose for piano but scoring is a whole different skill! Get in touch if you need more. 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!
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
Anti Bullying Song - Hurting Never Helps
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Anti Bullying Song - Hurting Never Helps

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A song written as a songwriting project with year 5 children. Every child in year five wrote a couple of lines using a vocabulary and ideas bank we created through discussion. Then every child sang their own (or somebody else’s ) short phrase. I edited and glued it all together with accompaniment. You could add your own lyrics - if you would like to change the structure by adding another verse or middle 8 let me know and I will change the music for you. This is now an assembly song at my school - I think it’s lovely! The demo is sung by the children who wrote it. Get in touch with me, John Gleadall, if you have any queries: kidzmusicals@icloud.com
A new Christmas song We All Need A Star
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A new Christmas song We All Need A Star

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This song is by John Gleadall and is from ‘Nanny’s Nativity’ (also available on TES resources) but it works just as well as a stand alone song - as it incorporates ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ you can get the very youngest children to join in. Get in touch if you would like instrumental parts : kidzmusicals@icloud.com