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Singing in Schools

Last Friday night on ABC TV’s Stateline program, there was a segment featuring a lady by the name of Rosalyn Happs, a music specialist trying to introduce the ‘novel’ notion of singing in schools. In case you weren’t aware, the overwhelming majority of teachers do not do any form of music tuition in their classrooms any longer. The reason? There’s a music specialist in the school. When they move to a new school with no music specialist they are so unused to programming in music that it never happens. This is tragic. It was wonderful to hear about Ros Happs’ program and realise mine is not the only voice out there in the wilderness urging teachers to teach music in their classrooms, in whatever form that may take. Anne Trigg, local ASME committee member, sent the following quote from Ros Happs, which I reproduce here: Continue reading

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Rising to the Occasion – The End of Year Concert

Around this time of year, or maybe a little earlier, we see all around the country the end of year concerts (or end of term concerts in the northern hemisphere). Continue reading

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Dealing With Indigo Children

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the book Indigo Children by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. Broadly speaking these children are different, not necessarily ADD or ADHD but they can be. These children are in their own little worlds. Many children are like this but Indigos differ in their sensitivity to their surroundings and to people and in their ability to see the big picture. Continue reading

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Equipment in the Early Childhood Classroom – Tapping Sticks

When conducting Professional Development Courses I am often asked where I get my equipment from so I thought I’d do a series of articles on using equipment and also, where to access it or how to make it. Continue reading

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Ten Steps to Successful Music Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom (Steps 9 & 10)

Young children learn by doing, by being actively involved in their learning through exploring and experimenting, through copying and acting out. And so it is with learning music, the foundations for which are best learnt while developing primary language. As such, a successful early childhood music program must incorporate movement and should quite naturally involve learning across the curriculum. The music program, therefore, can form the basis for the whole curriculum. Here are the next couple of tips to expand your skills and enjoyment of teaching music. Continue reading

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Ten Steps to Successful Music Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom (Steps 5-8)

Young children learn by doing, by being actively involved in their learning through exploring and experimenting, through copying and acting out. And so it is with learning music, the foundations for which are best learnt while developing primary language. As such, a successful early childhood music program must incorporate movement and should quite naturally involve learning across the curriculum. The music program, therefore, can form the basis for the whole curriculum. Here are the next few tips to expand your skills and enjoyment of teaching music. Continue reading

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Ten Steps to Successful Music Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom (Steps 1-4)

Young children learn by doing, by being actively involved in their learning through exploring and experimenting, through copying and acting out. And so it is with learning music, the foundations for which are best learnt while developing primary language. As such, a successful early childhood music program must incorporate movement and should quite naturally involve learning across the curriculum. The music program, therefore, can form the basis for the whole curriculum. Continue reading

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