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.
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.
Perfect for guitar, keyboard or ukulele! 30 pop and rock songs ranging from the 1950s to modern day. All songs have been shortened to mostly the beginning to just after the first verse. Most songs have also had their key changed. If this doesn’t mean anything to you, it means that it will be at the wrong pitch to the original version to make it easier to play.
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.
Having had issues with Powerpoints being the same on every computer, I’ve moved to PDFs (as all school computers should realistically have Adobe). Saves installing fonts and having pieces missing from the presentation. Works just like a Powerpoint just in a different program.
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)...
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 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.
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
1. A Sailor Went to Sea - pupils love this one, playing the C chord on the words sea/see. Helps them remember the chord name really well too.
2. Little Ukulele - great for getting pupils to learn the 2 fingered chord F, however, I teach them Am first.
I have backing tracks for both, let me know if you need them.
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
6 weeks worth of simple activities to follow to get started playing the keyboard. Covering identifying the white keys, the black keys, playing chords, making chords and adding root notes.
Whether this is something you give to pupils keen to key started with keyboard, want to use it as a booklet for pupils to worth through as an addition to other learning or whether you want to see how much you can get through each lesson, or steal bits for other lessons.
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.
1. Amazon Samba
2. Dinosaur Samba
3. Caribbean Samba
4. Reggae Samba
5. Solar System Samba
Each idea can be easily expanded to last a few weeks or a half-term. All 5 topics come with 3-5 sections, including; Break section, Groove section and Call & Response section
At keystage 3-4 it is possible to complete in one lesson but you are more than likely going to want to expand the topic over a full half-term, in which case, some pieces you will also find songs to go with them, games you can play and - obviously - you can swap pupils round 5 times until they have been on each instrument [5 weeks].
The full book includes Audio files, how to learn, teach and lead Samba, more call & response and break patterns, alternate rhythms and exercises, songs for Samba, etc.
Note: Any issues, contact me through the Sticks, Keys & Frets: Teaching Resources page on Facebook.
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
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.
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).
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.
Here are the fonts I use for my resources in case you download any of them and they don't look like they did in the previews.
Fonts I use are...
Headliner No. 45
Will be updated as needed...