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Horn Concerto

Hi everyone,
There are some websites listed on page 9 of the book for exploring brass instruments. I haven’t been able to access the first one but I’ve found the second one at
Happy Teaching!

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: Sleep

Hi everyone,
The teaching resource suggests singing other lullabies and perhaps even having a discussion about cultural differences in lullabies. There are some great resources available online, here are a few suggestions you might like to check out


National Geographic: Lullabies - Dream Songs From Around the World

Lullabies from Around the World

Happy Teaching!

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM


Hi everyone,

Here are the details for the picture book I mentioned at the PD. It has beautiful pictures and is available online.

By Gershwin George & Heward Dubos
ISBN 13: 9780689850479
ISBN 10: 0689850476

Happy Teaching!

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Re: Useful websites

You might also like to check out

Brass Family: Instruments, History & Facts

Orchestra: Brass Family Lapbook Unit

Free PowerPoint presentations

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Useful websites

Hi everyone,
I’ve started researching and preparing the Shrewd Brass material and found some interesting websites that you might find useful.

For orchestra pictures and worksheets

Kelly Mouthpieces - as mentioned in the PD

It’s to be able to share ideas and ask questions via this forum.

Happy Teaching!

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 7:28 PM


Hi everyone,

Have you started teaching the Amanaska material yet? It would be great to hear how you’re getting on. Don’t forget you can ask questions and share ideas via this forum.

You might like to check out
You can listen to more of their music and find additional information about the group.

This is also where you can download the Sleep multitrack files in mp3 format for use in any multitrack music program

There are tutorial videos on how to import the files into your iPad, then how to import them into Garageband allowing your students to make their own mix. There’s even a tutorial video on Guided Access, a great tool for teachers for keeping students on task.

Happy Teaching!

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 7:22 PM

iPercussion concerts

I’m sure you and your students will be looking forward to having The Rhythm Works come to your school soon. I hope you’ve had a chance to work through some of the activities with your students but don’t worry if you haven’t, the group will tailor the performance based on the information you give them.

Don’t forget to fill in your pre-visit sheet for the group. It’s really helpful for them to have information about your school such as where to park, if the performance is in a hall or classroom, directions to the performance venue etc. They do have a lot of equipment and I’m sure they would appreciate knowing where the nearest vehicle access is located. They will also need access to power for the performance.

You can also let them know what preparation you’ve done with your students and if you’d like to show them something you’ve been working on, for example you might have made some rainsticks with your students to play during Liffey Falls.

It would be really appreciated if students were seated ready to go at the starting time, it’s really important for the group to keep to time as they often need to travel between performances.

Most importantly, enjoy the concert!

Happy teaching!

P.S. If you have time to post how the concert went and any responses from your students and staff I’d love to hear about it….

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Technology in the Classroom

If you haven’t already, I’d recommend signing up for the newsletter from Katie Wardrobe at Midnight Music. She regularly posts great article such as

How to Display your iPad in the Music Classroom

7 Easy Ways to Survive Technology in your Music Classroom

5 Tips For Recording Students on iPads

It’s certainly worth checking out.

If you have any other suggestions please join the discussion and share your ideas

Happy Teaching!

Posted on June 05, 2014 at 9:57 PM

The Cup Game

Have you tried the Boom Cup Game with your students yet? My students loved it!
If you have they’re probably asking you if they can learn the original cup game as well. It’s a lot of fun but it certainly is a little more complicated. Google ‘cup song’ you’ll get around 40,000,000 results. To save you some time, I would recommend Katie Wardrobe’s complete guide to the cup song.

Everything you need all in the one place!

Happy Teaching!

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Re: Boomwhackers

Thanks for your message Jodie

You might like to try out these virtual boomwhackers with your students for a bit of fun

There’s also a great range of ideas, articles and even clip art pictures to download from the site.

Happy Teaching!

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: Nature Sounds

There’s a book available called ‘Noisy Bug Sing-Along’ by John Himmelman that would link well with Nature Sounds. It’s also available as an app for both Apple and android devices. The book explains why and how bugs make the sounds they do, then students listen to recordings of the insect sounds and watch the sound waves of the recordings.
This would be a great link to the loops in Garage Band and could also be a fantastic science lesson.

Happy Teaching!

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Nature Sounds

Hi everyone,
Have you started teaching Nature Sounds yet? I found a YouTube video that uses the same idea of using animal names to make a rhythm. There's a free download of some animal picture cards available on their website.

Teaching Rhythm with Animal Names

I also found a great book called ‘Tunka Tunka Shunk!’ by Steve Webb. The book is readily available from book shops and online and there are quite a few YouTube videos of people reading the book

Tanka Tanka Skunk- normal speed

Tanka Tanka Skunk

I’d love to hear how your preparation is going

Happy Teaching!

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: Boomwhackers

Here’s a couple more with teaching ideas

Composition Lesson with boomwhackers

Using Boomwhackers to Teach Music Composition in elementary or primary classes

Posted on May 08, 2014 at 9:28 AM


Hi Everyone,
I’ve found some YouTube videos using boomwhackers you might like to check out. The first one also demonstrates the use of a loop station.

Heart and Soul – David Harsh

Flight of the Bumblebee Rehearsal - Plastic Musik

Fun idea for Boomwhackers in Elementary Music Class

One minute boomwhacker introduction

It would be great to share other suggestions if you find something useful


Posted on May 07, 2014 at 10:21 PM

iPad Projects

Here’s the link to the files for the iPad projects from the Digital Seminar.
Take a look at the ‘How to’ PDF for a step by step guide on copying the files to your iPad.
Have fun!

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Re: Introducing Joanna Patrick

Thanks Sue.

Hi everyone,
Thanks for tuning in to the digital seminar. If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible. I'm really looking forward to hearing from you about your experiences with the digital resources in the classroom.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:10 PM