This 35 page Samba book covers how to teach, learn and lead Samba. From reading music notation (rhythm) to piecing together your first performance. Each piece has a different theme and gives you the freedom to make your own version.
10 Samba Pieces
10 Songs for Samba
10 Warm-up Ideas
10 Call & Responses
5 Audio Examples
5 Ready-Made Lessons [PDF]
5 Music Games
4 Pages of alternative rhythms
3 Pages of Grid Method rhythms
3 Templates for making your own
1 Print-out Poster [rhythm circle]
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The 5 pieces included here are:
1. Snow White - Heigh Ho
2. Lion King - In The Jungle
3. Bare Necessities - Jungle Book
4. Do You Want To Build A Snowman? - Frozen
5. Under The Sea - The Little Mermaid
I use these alongside games, singing the songs, using solfege (do-re-mi) as well as teach pupils to read notation so that by the time they get to ‘Under The Sea’ they can work out the colours needed.
Also included is a Powerpoint file which has the pieces broken down in to chunks (chords and melody).
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Includes group rhythms, rhythm reading exercises, breaks, call & responses, lesson objectives, etc. I've also included Sibelius audio of how the parts sound together for non-specialists.
I call the general piece 'Hungry Samba' as all the rhythms are based around food. I normally create food-based Breaks / Call & Responses with pupils as it keeps an overall theme and ensures memorability.
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I usually do this with year 7 or 8 depending on ability. I have included 2 versions of this scheme; version 1 uses simpler notation such as crotchets, crotchet rests and quavers. version 2 uses semi-quavers, quaver rests, etc. There is a booklet, worksheets, a Powerpoint, backing track looped, drum kit part, etc. The powerpoint and worksheets use both traditional notation and simpler graphics to communicate the rhythm.
I use this to introduce the boomwhackers to primary and secondary pupils. There is 2+ lessons worth of material covering scale, chords, melody and rhythm. 3 songs are used throughout the lessons and everything is colour-coded to match the Boomwhackers.
Songs are from The Sound of Music, The Ramones and Journey.
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This set of lessons guides pupils through learning 1, 2 & 3 fingered chords along with songs, games, activities, strumming patterns / rhythms, tied together with learning objectives. I've include 4 backing tracks for getting started playing the chords of C, A minor, F and D minor.
I label my ukuleles so that each note has a colour; C = Red, D = Orange, E = Yellow, F = Green, G = Blue, A = Purple and B = Pink. Anything else (flats/sharps used) I mark with black stickers. This makes it easy to explain to pupils which finger goes on which colour.
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Includes 2 introduction lessons and then 5 songs to play. Intended for half/full term. Clear colour coding, instructions and design. Aimed at usage with KS2-3 pupils. Keep in mind, these are not the full songs, however, if you change the lyrics for each verse you can repeat what you need to play it.
Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Queen - We Are The Champion
The Ramones - Blitzkreig Bop
Journey - Don’t Stop Believing
This is also part of a bundle with 10 other Pop and Film songs.
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I have put together a book of all Major, Minor, Major 7, Minor 7 and Dominant 7 chords for Ukulele, Guitar & Keyboard. Root notes and chromatic notes for Bass Guitar are also included. All chords (apart from keyboard) are presented on an updated version of the normal grid/charts used practically everywhere online. I have found that this is easier for pupils to understand as they look more like the instrument than the normal black & white grids. However, it is easy to transfer from this updated version to the traditional look. When I do a song sheet for a song on ukulele I can quickly copy and paste the chords I need from here. Likewise, when I am doing a song sheet in the style of Musical Futures I can copy and paste chords for each instrument then all I need to do is all the lyrics and maybe a snazzy title and picture.
Everything is of high quality in case you were thinking of printing them to place around your room or print as a booklet for pupils to refer to as and when needed.
Tip: if pupils still struggle reading the grids then suggest that they rotate them left 90 degrees so that they lay the same way as you would then see them when looking down at the instrument (providing that you hold the neck of the instrument in your left hand).
This is just the book from the full Samba series I have been working on for the past 2 years made up of rhythms and a line of progression I have used with year 3, 4 and 5 pupils. The full series comes with Audio, Powerpoints and more (COMING SOON).
There are 8 pieces included with call & responses, breaks and rhythms as well as songs to use in conjunction with teaching Samba. Also included, especially suited to non-specialists or even just those struggling to communicate rhythm effectively, 3 different methods for teaching rhythm to KS2 and KS3 pupils.
Any feedback on this book would be massively helpful to me before I embark on one for snare drum/drum kit, tuned percussion and ukulele.
A free (reduced) version of the book is also available.
I have put together 7 pieces from different Disney films based around the world. Quite a few Disney songs have a lot of chords in them or have needed transposing. Some still have harder chords used but I have a lot of pupils who have been bought Ukuleles as a result of doing whole-class lessons so these pupils tend to be able to do them. I usually split pupils in to a chord per team (6 chords, 6 teams), then 2 chords per team then split them in to easy chords and hard chords. These are not lesson plans but to be used along side other aspects of teacher (tab, notation, geography, language, etc).
I have also included the Uke-Hero game I developed in these slides in case you do struggle for other things to do with pupils between songs.
NOTE: You may need to download the videos for each song to input in to the slides (see: YouTube)
Look out for part 2 to this covering countries like China (Mulan), Australia (Nemo), Norway (Frozen)...
I will be using this for my KS2 Ukulele class who've already done a year learning basic chords, bits of strumming, singing, locating frets and the likes (mostly just singing through pop songs and strumming chords).
There are some more advanced chords used in this topic as well as a (predominant) focus on plucking and reading tab/fret numbers. There are 2-3 blues songs, 2-3 jazz pieces and 2-3 pop-jazz songs to play through. Some are just the main riff, some are chords that last the whole piece.
This is a 6-7 week course with each week laid out with objectives and chance to tick them off at the end of each lesson.
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KEYBOARD, GUITAR, UKULELE, BASS
USING C F Am G in different orders. Songs have been transposed to suit the purpose of the learning, focusing on moving between those four shapes. On one occasion, you move to the G chord for one beat which is a great challenge for kids!
Drums can easily be added and then used in a band setting so have also added a sheet of 4 drum beats to of varying difficulty.
This is great for those teaching Samba who aren't sure where else to go with it. It's also great for getting singing in to Samba lessons. I personally start exploring different sub-styles of Samba as well as fusion styles and songs from those styles. Pupils don't need to be able to read rhythms but it helps if they have some knowledge. There are words that go along with each rhythm so can be learnt by ear anyway. There are a set of easier rhythms and a set of harder rhythms as well as both Jimmy Cliff's Samba Reggae and Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' for singing along to. The later can be used to get pupils to think about how to turn certain words and phrases in to things they do in unison. This can usually be stretched over a full half term, as the 4 sections I have split it in to are set as stages not lessons.
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Simply open like a PowerPoint presentation, have a go through it yourself first so you can see what actions are triggered when and how.
#1 Rhythm Shoot-Out - Pupils hear a rhythm, the first to shout 'BANG!' and give the correct answer gets a point. If they guess wrong, the other person gets a chance to guess.
#2 What's Behind The Door - Students have to play the rhythm "What's behind the door?" first then the rhythm they are presented with on screen.
#3 Music Monopoly - 4 teams navigate a maze to collect points by answering questions, playing rhythms and taking chances. Print out Characters on final slide.
#4 Musical Stairs - Teams have to follow the beat of a rhythm and tell you what beat you were on when you stop. Guide rhythm to follow.
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I have organised these rhythms to fit with;
1. Samba instruments
2. Instruments from different families
Obviously people say words in different ways and with different parts of the word accented but as long as you follow the grid itself it works out.
I use this for various things...
a) to display to help pupils struggling to read rhythms
b) to help pupils remember the names of Samba instruments
c) to get pupils picking 4 to make up their own rhythms
d) for games such as forbidden rhythms
I have done this with KS2 (years 3 + 4) on glockenspiel and it has gone down really well. I have used something similar with year 8 pupils (also including opportunities for ukulele, drums, guitar, bass and composition) but this is a good starting point for pupils before they get to high school. Progress is set out over 4 lessons, looking at the 12 bar blues, chords (broken) / walking bass lines, Blues melodies, flat/sharp notes and improvisation. There is a song that I came up with that pupils love to sing that works nicely with getting them to improvise in between too. Those that excel can also be pushed using the 'Blues Bass & Melodies' sheet to help expand their vocabulary for improvisation.
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Here we have 4 pieces to learn while looking at music in advertising. The main points of learning are keywords such as Jingle, Underscore, Voice-Over and Foley. Musically, there are lots of quaver rests, 1st time and 2nd time bars, repeat marks and D.C. markings (as well as one piece in 3/4).
Parts have been split to work in groups of 2, 3 or 4. Some pupils may want to play chords and bass, both melody parts or chords and melody (or any other combinations).
This is not 4 separate lessons but a template to adapt around the 4 pieces. You may want to just focus on one piece, use them as steps of progress or as inspiration for writing their own.