Music Sessions with Social Distancing

Social distancing with music 12 – An Introduction to Harmonic Hearing:  This session uses simple music to introduce the concept of harmony and basic chord sequences.


Social distancing with music 11 - Working with Rhythm Flash Cards:  Here we explore some techniques in the use of rhythm flash cards.

Social distancing with music 10 - Working with “Pease Pudding Hot”:   This relatively well known song is ideal for teaching both the crotchet rest (sh) and the fourth degree of the major scale (Fa).   There are also ideas for introducing the basic sounds of various musical eras as well as some instrumental applications.

Social distancing with music 9 – Using simple songs do develop Musical Skills:  Here we return to simple two-note songs that are suitable for all.  As with all good quality material there is much to be extracted.  Here we make use of a single or double ostinato as well as some body percussion accompaniment.  For those with well more advanced pupils there are some challenging activities using body percussion.

Social distancing with music 8 – Using a Rhyme for pitch work (Improvisation):  This second video uses the same rhyme and tone set but here we focus on the concept of teaching improvisation.

Social distancing with music 7 – Using a Rhyme for Pitch Work (Music Reading and Composition):  This is the first of a pair of videos using a known rhyme as the basis for pitch work.  The focus here is on pitch reading and composition.

Social distancing with music 6 – How to be a Star at Aural Dictation:  This video is for older children or even adults that find aural dictation daunting.  It lays out some basic techniques that should help aural dictation become more successful.  Aural dictation is not as difficult is many seem to think if you use a systematic approach as laid out in this example.  For the teacher it’s worth doing this one yourself so that you can see how it makes things easier for the pupil.

Social distancing with music 5 - Twinkle Twinkle in Canon and to Teach Cadences:  Twinkle Twinkle little star is such a well known song it is ideal for teaching.  As it is so well known it can be a useful way to introduce the canon singing which produces a very pleasing result.  Singing in canon is one of the best ways to improve tuning and balance, and singing in general.  As this song is so well known it’s ideal for introducing canon singing to those in a parent and toddler/baby class.  This rhyme is also useful for teaching the four basic cadences thereby starting the concept of harmonic work.

Social distancing with music 4 - More Rhymes and Knee Bounces:  Here we look at more rhymes and knee bounces.  Some of the words may be considered less that suitable in some settings.  For example there is reference to the “drunken man” or the “old man”.  I have included the original words here as a starting point so that teachers can make their own decision on this matter and include the original words or replace them with more appropriate alternatives if they prefer

Social distancing with music 3 - Rhynmes and knee bounces:  Here we look at more rhymes including finger rhymes that are great for babies, early years and even lower primary.  We also look at some of the detail that’s contained in these rhymes including one with three different configurations of semiquaver work in the first line, and a compound time rhyme which contains a couplet.

Social distancing with music 2 - Rhymes:  In this video we look at the use of rhymes.  These can be used as action activities and can also be used to develop pulse work.  There are ides for adding an ostinato to produce a two part or even three part structure.

Social distancing with music 1 - Introduction:  This video suggests ways to set up a music classroom or other space to accommodate social distancing.  Following videos look at different aspects of music teaching while social distancing.  The age range covered is from babies to upper primary with some elements for more advanced pupils.