• Soundbops in the Classroom: Music & Numeracy

    Soundbops in the Classroom: Music & Numeracy

    In ancient Greece, music was revered as the study of patterns. Not only did they understand that numerical patterns occurred in music, but they saw the relationships between these numbers as a framework for understanding the composition of the universe! This is pretty existential, even for the ancient Greeks, who spent most of their time ruining good parties by talking about philosophy (we’ve all...
  • Everything You Need to Know About Soundbops

    Everything You Need to Know About Soundbops

    If you’re reading this, you’ve perhaps just encountered Soundbops for the first time. So, what is this colourful keyboard, and what has it got to do with education? This short piece will equip you with everything you need to know about Soundbops: what it is, how it works, and how it fits in with the current thinking in early years learning.   Sound-what? Firstly,...
  • Soundbops in the Classroom: Music & Memory

    Soundbops in the Classroom: Music & Memory

    You’ve perhaps heard that music stimulates the brain in unique and fascinating ways. Playing, composing, and even simply listening to music can enhance our ability to focus, problem solve, and communicate, among many other tasks. Today we’re going to be discussing music’s relationship to memory, and how it influences our day to day lives (often without us realising).   Sound Familiar? Whether or not...
  • Kicking Classical Out of the Classroom, Part 2: Groove

    Kicking Classical Out of the Classroom, Part 2: Groove

    As we covered in part one, this blog mini-series is designed to give you something musical to talk about in the classroom besides classical music and its outdated ideas around musicianship. Even if you’re coming into this having never picked up an instrument in your life, rest assured this won’t be a problem, as this time we’ll be discussing more ideas that everyone can...
  • Kicking Classical out of the Classroom, Part 1: Timbre

    Kicking Classical out of the Classroom, Part 1: Timbre

    Roll Over Beethoven Almost everyone listens to music in some capacity; whether you’re an avid fan of just one band, you ‘listen to a bit of everything’, or just like sticking on the radio to fill the void. So why is it, when so many of us have this lifelong shared interest, that teachers often feel unequipped to talk about music in the classroom?...
  • @girlaboutgloucestershire tested Soundbops for us...

    @girlaboutgloucestershire tested Soundbops for us...

    Jaxon was sent this fantastic starter kit from @soundbops  Soundbops uses an intuitive play-by-colours design, simple and fun with super fast results...just what's needed to encourage learning to read and understand music.  I must admit, I was dubious about trying this and thought it would be a two minute wonder then left gathering dust chucked under the bed or something. How wrong I was!!...
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