• 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!!...
  • The Story Behind the Nursery Rhyme: Rain, Rain Go Away

    The Story Behind the Nursery Rhyme: Rain, Rain Go Away

      A lot of ships is an Armada We think the song dates back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, over 450 years ago. At the time, there was a rivalry between England and Spain, and the Spanish planned to invade England with an enormous fleet of ships. That is called an Armada in Spanish. In 1588, the Spanish set off with...
  • The Story Behind the Nursery Rhyme: Bingo

    The Story Behind the Nursery Rhyme: Bingo

    Bingo is the dog (not the farmer)Is Bingo the farmer or the dog? It’s a genuine question. On the internet. Here’s how we’d answer it. The first line of the rhyme is: There was a farmer had a dog,And Bingo was his name-o. Now, if there was an extra comma, like this: There was a farmer, who had a dog,And Bingo was his name-o,then we’d...
  • The Story Behind the Nursery Rhyme: Oranges and Lemons

    The Story Behind the Nursery Rhyme: Oranges and Lemons

    Want to know the story behind Oranges and Lemons? Read all abaht it here!
  • Can music help with dyslexia?

    Can music help with dyslexia?

    Dyslexia: a drop of difficulty in an ocean of benefits. What is dyslexia? Dyslexia isn’t a condition – it’s an average. It’s measured from the distribution of reading skills. If you fall below the average, then you are labelled dyslexic. It’s estimated that 1 in every 10 people are affected. It’s nothing to do with intelligence. It’s nothing to do with mixing up the...
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