TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Disney songs

TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Disney songs

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.
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Samba KS2-KS3 Book (PDF)

Samba KS2-KS3 Book (PDF)

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.
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UKULELE | Getting Started [6 weeks]

UKULELE | Getting Started [6 weeks]

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.
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TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Disney songs

TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Disney songs

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.
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TUNED / KEYBOARD | Hallowe'en

TUNED / KEYBOARD | Hallowe'en

Quick one-off lesson for KS2 or KS3 for Hallowe'en. Good for looking at sharp and natural notes as well as crotchet and quaver rhythms. Print out the sheet if pupils need to write the notes on. Singing: Michael Jackson's Thriller (verse and chorus) Tune: In the Hall of The Mountain King by Edvard Grieg If you have pupils that really struggle or are really low ability then you could always get them to play the bass part on keyboard, glockenspiel or even bass: B E B E... Note: make sure to install the fonts to ensure it looks as intended.
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SAMBA | Swashbuckle Samba (Pirate Themed) [6 weeks]

SAMBA | Swashbuckle Samba (Pirate Themed) [6 weeks]

I love this topic for teaching kids about Carnivals and how Samba Schools set a theme for their song and costumes. This is a good one for performing as well as kids can always get dressed up themselves for it. There is a mixture of Sea Shanties and Pirate-related songs (though I'm sure you can think of more), pirate-themed rhythms and call & responses also Pirate-themed. I have included an audio sample of how the group rhythms should sound together. If you are unsure of how to perform the other rhythms see my FREE Grid Method resource. NOTE: make sure to install all fonts so that the Powerpoints look as intended.
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TUNED / KEYBOARD | 3 Easy Classical Pieces

TUNED / KEYBOARD | 3 Easy Classical Pieces

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).
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DRUM KIT | 6 short pieces for beginners

DRUM KIT | 6 short pieces for beginners

The first 2 pieces are inspired by the RockSchool Initial grade book backing tracks (the drum parts are not the same). The Reggae one I either get pupils to play along to a Bob Marley tune with or a Reggae Drumless backing track form YouTube. The 2 Blues pieces I do the same, pick out something Bluesy from BB King or a Drumless backing track off YouTube. Finally, the Disco one I either do Y.M.C.A or - again - a Drumless backing track off YouTube. I haven't included them in the pack as they are not mine to sell, however, I have created all these resources.
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School of Rock Scheme

School of Rock Scheme

This is a great scheme for teaching chords, singing, guitar, bass and drums. It's great for Musical Futures with pupils forming bands as well as looking at different classic rock bands. They could learn to play some guitar (or ukulele) and bass as well as some drum beats (even if it's by playing the beat using the keyboard setting). Though the scheme is set in to 5 sections, this may take longer than 5 lessons and can be adapted to add in any devices or elements you need to add in. Included in the scheme: Powerpoint with 5 sections Worksheets for singing & chords, guitar riffs, bass riffs and drum beats Audio for all the songs used Video examples for drums, bass, guitar and singing Font: Rockwell See: Ukulele Chords, Guitar Chords, Bass Notes worksheets
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Ukulele Starter Pack (Bundle)

Ukulele Starter Pack (Bundle)

Here we have everything you should need to get pupils playing simple chords, playing pop songs and reggae songs as well as more difficult chords. If you have guitars, basses and keyboards available, these can all be transferred by using the 'Ukulele, Guitar, Bass & Keyboard Chord Book'. Total price of items: £7.25 - you save £2
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SAMBA | Introduction [6 weeks]

SAMBA | Introduction [6 weeks]

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. Note: install fonts to ensure it looks like it does in the previews.
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UKULELE | Game: Count Down Chords

UKULELE | Game: Count Down Chords

Pupils have until the count down finishes to locate and prepare the chord on screen. There are 8 different chords, one per slide so you can jumble them up, repeat them, add them in to your own Powerpoints, etc. All games on my TES shop have been developed by myself. NOTE: you will need to install the font 'Headliner no. 45' as included.
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UKULELE | Getting Started [6 weeks]

UKULELE | Getting Started [6 weeks]

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.
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UKULELE | Jazz & Blues [6 lessons]

UKULELE | Jazz & Blues [6 lessons]

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.
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Ukulele, Guitar, Bass & Keyboard Chord Book

Ukulele, Guitar, Bass & Keyboard Chord Book

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).
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TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Pop Songs

TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Pop Songs

1. Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Japsen) 2. Get Lucky (Daft Punk) 3. Love Me Again (John Newman) 4. Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) 5. Titanium (Sia) All in C major, though some pieces use little of certain notes. Pupils can be grouped with either chords or melody based on ability. Or, pupils can all be part of performing the melody or all be part of performing the chords. Audio is to play along with, for call & response purposes or just reference of sound. The sounds in the .mp3s are not Boomwhackers but Sibelius sounds. As reading the notation can be confusing to some, these are meant to be a guide for the teacher using them, however, Powerpoints for each piece are on their way soon to help with this.
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SAMBA | Summer Samba [7 weeks]

SAMBA | Summer Samba [7 weeks]

CONTENT: 7 weeks of lessons for a medium ability KS2 class, though it could even be used as entry level for KS3. Powerpoints include a handful of games, warm ups, rhythms, breaks, hand signs, etc. I usually deliver these lessons in around 30-40minutes but I still try to spend time improving timing and playing to a pulse even by the end of the year. I use both the Apito whistle and the animations available in Powerpoint to have 4 Apito whistles appear on the screen to add a visual element (a wireless presenter is handy). MAKE SURE YOU INSTAL THE FONTS NOTES: The rests on the Surdo part are meant to be played with a bare hand. Ganza shakers are usually encouraged to make a < shape going up, back to the chest, down, back up to the chest (repeat). For the Tamborims I tend to get them to try an 'on/off' pattern similar to the Agogos adding + for closed on beat 1 + 3 and o for open on beats 2+4. I normally tell Agogo players to put their hand out as if they are shaking someone's hand but in this case the handle of the Agogo. From there I get them to make sure they are keeping close to the instrument and playing using their wrist. I said this goes for all other instruments too. For more, see my KS2-KS3 Samba book.
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6 Pop Songs for Ukulele ( + Backing Tracks)

6 Pop Songs for Ukulele ( + Backing Tracks)

I have transposed the following 6 songs to be in the best suitable key for pupils as well as backing tracks in those keys too. Some of these tracks have been altered and some times do not include the full song for ease of playing. Before the lyrics begin, the intros of each song are the same as the originals. What I usually do is teach pupils at least C, Am and F before doing any of this. G and Em too for the higher ability. For each song I first split them in to groups to play each group (again, ability based), I then split them in to groups that take 2 chords each or 1 finger chords, 2 finger chords and 3 finger chords. Finally, I either then have pupils that play all the chords, 1/2 finger chords and 2/3 finger chords. Hold Back The River is available with backing track for free to try (see my other resources). 1. Hold Back The River - C Am F G 2. Human - Am F Dm 3. Roar - C Am F 4. Rockabye - Am F G Em 5. Thriller - Am D E7 G C F 6. Titanium - C Am F G Em
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Uke Hero

Uke Hero

In the style of Guitar Hero, this is great for teaching pupils the 4 strings of the ukulele and to play them at the right time. It can be used as a competition between students or just as a general teaching tool.
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TUNED / KEYBOARD | Blues Music

TUNED / KEYBOARD | Blues Music

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
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Samba KS2-KS3 Book (PDF)

Samba KS2-KS3 Book (PDF)

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.
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Classical/Baroque Music | Keyboard Scheme

Classical/Baroque Music | Keyboard Scheme

This scheme is best suited to year 8 and 9 pupils. Pupils can perform individual parts or two at a time. The powerpoints are set out in sections (intro, ode to joy, spring, pachelbel's cannon and theory / knowledge) for you to move around to suit what you need and when. The main piece for the scheme is Pachelbel's Canon to be performed as a class once pupils have progressed through playing different parts. Ode to Joy & Spring have notes added, Pachelbel's Canon has not so that pupils can learn more about reading notation. Included in this scheme: Powerpoint Instrument ear training audio Scores for Ode to Joy, Spring & Pachelbel's Canon Audio for teaching texture Audio for Pachelbel's Canon Font: Apple Chancery
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UKULELE | Disney 'Around The World'

UKULELE | Disney 'Around The World'

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)...
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SAMBA | Dinosaur Samba

SAMBA | Dinosaur Samba

This is a 5 week scheme I'm using for Summer. Rhythms are all dinosaur themed and I have adapted 'Walk the Dinosaur' used in Ice Age 3 to fit with Samba and to introduce more Singing in to Samba Lessons. Some rhythms are quite complicated but have found that exposure helps a lot of pupils as well as allowing those that are more capable to expand their reading abilities. Most will rely on their listening skills. Included: Powerpoints for 5 weeks Lesson Plans for 5 weeks Audio for 'Walk The Dinosaur' Font for Powerpoints Fonts used: Jurassic Park and Century Gothic
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