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).
NOTE: Make sure to install the fonts included to ensure the ppt. file looks as created.
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.
If you are using the Powerpoints you will need to install font font included inside the .zip file. If you are having issues then contact me through the Sticks, Keys & Frets: Teaching Resources Facebook page.
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.
FONT: If using the PowerPoint Presentation and not the PDF then you may need to install the fonts inside the .zip file provided
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 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.
Font: Century Gothic
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]
NOTE: Make sure you install all the fonts after unzipping the fonts.zip folder to ensure that all Powerpoints look as intended/created. If you have any issues with any files (or would like the PowerPoint versions) then please contact me through Sticks, Keys & Frets: Teaching Resources on Facebook.
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.
NOTE: install the fonts included to ensure the powerpoints look as intended.
In preparation for BBC Music Ten Pieces, I thought I would introduce some Classical Music to KS2 pupils on the glockenspiel, whether you use these for keyboard or even Ukulele. I will probably use them for Ukulele along with my Glockenspiel classes (Y4).
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.
NOTE: make sure to install the fonts in the .zip file otherwise the games won't look as intended and created.
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)...
This is an adaptation of the song 'Samba Lele' for KS3 pupils. It can be performed as 3 different sections or as 2 sections with parts layering up and pupils working in 2 different teams. Planning for 4 weeks is included as well as an mp3 of the tune to help. There are a few games included in this and pupils can swap colours around to get the most out of improving their timing (opposed to just remembering when to do one bit).
I have also transcribed a handful of pop tunes for Boomwhackers if you want to take it further (see my other resources).
Font: Amatic SC and Century Gothic (see: Font Pack to download the fonts I use)
This is a piece of music I have managed to get year 3 pupils of all abilities to perform within one 40-minute session from top to bottom (twice - getting pupils to rotate on to a different instrument too). All rhythms have words to go with them to help. Any rhythms in red (other than the Ganza rhythm) are for the teacher to play and then anything in green (other than the Agogo part) is for the rest of the class to play back. Anything in Blue (other than the Tamborim part) is to be shouted. Enjoy!
For more Samba pieces see my book 'Samba KS2 to KS3'.
Fonts used: Amatic SC and Century Gothic (see Font Pack to download)
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.
NOTE: You will need to install the fonts for it to look as I have made it.
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 mini-scheme could be used with KS2-3 and includes a handful of pentatonic melodies to piece together as a class or in small groups, handy information about the pentatonic scale and some singing to go with the mini-project.
20 Exercises to get you playing drums as well as more advanced beats for afterwards and drum fills.
Covers counting, notation, making your own beats and a brief introduction to drum fills.
Feedback always welcome and if you drop me your email address I can send you any updates.
Page 1. Cover
Page 2. Basic Beats 1
Page 3. Basic Beats 2
Page 4. Basic Beats 3
Page 5. Advanced Beats 1
Page 6. Advanced Beats 2
Page 7. Drum Fills 1
Page 8. Drum Fills 2
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.