Have you started to teach Gypsy Tober?

March 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I have completed the unit of work I was doing in music this term, and so this week I have begun to introduce Gypsy Tober to the students.
There are a few ways to do this....
You could remind them of, and discuss previous Musica Viva shows, look at photos and sing the songs learnt. Then move onto listening to a piece from Gypsy Tober. And having a discussion about it.
You could start by asking students what singing means to them...and then introducing Barb, Ange and Leah through use of the provided resources.
You might ask "Where in the world is Brazil?" to begin discussions about this years performance group.
As part of my Instrument families unit - we use 'Kitchen' equipment in the percussion sessions. I began by asking if students enjoyed using kitchen equipment and we discussed some of the great sounds we were able to produce. Then I began a discussion about Musica Viva and introduced the students to the unit through use of an Interactive Whiteboard Notebook that I have begun to develop based on the pieces from Gypsy Tober.
Let us know if something has worked for you and your students. (I did attempt to upload the notebook file as an attachment for you all - it did not work)
Good luck all and I look forward to hearing from you.
Miss Jodie

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Re: Have you started to teach Gypsy Tober?

May 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Hi, Jodie. Thanks for being our support person for Gypsy Tober. Sorry to take so long in getting to reply. We started listening and doing the activities as soon as we received the resource kit in Term 1, so all the students are well on their way to recognising all the pieces. It took a few weeks for the older primary boys to appreciate the accapella singing but as familiarity sets in they are more receptive of the music ie. now they listen & get involved, not just giggle!! So pleased that Musica Viva can bring different types of music into these kids lives and not the same-old mainstream pop! And where else do they get a live performance! Anyway, it's great to read what you are doing in the classroom and try some of your ideas!! Thanks, Lyn Lockrey.

Re: Have you started to teach Gypsy Tober?

May 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM
Hi Lyn,
Thanks for sharing about your experiences with your students. Great to hear that you're going to try the fabulous ideas that Jodie has suggested as well. Let us know how you get on.