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Music with Gordon 25 June

What to do today

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Not all of the activities are for everyone, so just do the ones you enjoy and as many times as you like.

Play along using any kind of instrument or use body percussion – clapping, tapping, clicking, stamping your feet.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello Song
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Bounce a favourite soft toy on a scarf as we sing Charlie Over the Ocean
  4. Sing and clap along to 123 Together and Hickory Dickory Dock
  5. Clap and join in with your own soft toy for Yoshi Whoops!
  6. Junk instruments: What can you find that sounds like rain?
  7. Sing along and join in with I Hear Thunder
  8. Sing along and join in with Rain Rain Go Away
  9. Jam along, sing and do the actions to Funga Alafia
  10. Time to move. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and dance as we revisit some songs from earlier in the year.
  11. Time to relax. Two relaxing pieces of music that we listened to earlier in the year
  12. Goodbye Song

Hello Song

It’s a time to settle down for some music and there are lots of ways to join in. Use it on its own or before doing another music activity.

  1. Join in and sing, clap, tap and move along to the song!
  2. Maybe you can try using your voice
  3. Sign hello
  4. Tap fast and slow
  5. Sign “Stop” at the end
  6. Have fun!

Words

Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(can you say and sign hello?)

We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(tap along with the music, sign “Stop” at the end)

More ideas with this video

  • If you can’t tap along, maybe a friend can tap your arm or foot for you so that you can feel the beat of the music.
  • Can you stamp your feet to the music? Can you tap your shoulders or your head? Move your fingers
  • Maybe try playing along with a shaker, or tap something that makes a sound that you like. A box of cereal?

Bounce and Catch

Sing and join in: Charlie Over the Ocean

Sing and clap: 123 Together

Sing and join in: Hickory Dickory Dock

Sing and join in: Yoshi Whoops!

What can you find that sounds like rain?

Sing and join in: I Hear Thunder

 

Sing and join in: Rain Rain Go Away

Clap and play along: Cho-co-la-te

Play and clap: Funga Alafia

Time to move around or play your instrument

Chill and relax

 

Goodbye Song

 

Music with Gordon 22 June

What to do today

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Not all of the activities are for everyone, so just do the ones you enjoy and as many times as you like.

Play along using any kind of instrument or use body percussion – clapping, tapping, clicking, stamping your feet.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello Song
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Bounce a favourite soft toy on a scarf as we sing Charlie Over the Ocean
  4. Sing and clap along to 123 Together and Hickory Dickory Dock
  5. Clap and join in with your own soft toy for Yoshi Whoops!
  6. Sing along and join the actions to Five Buzzy Bees
  7. We All Went on Safari: Get an instrument and join in with counting the animals in this story set in Tanzania in West Africa.
  8. Jam along, sing and do the actions to Funga Alafia
  9. Time to move. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and dance as we revisit some songs from earlier in the year.
  10. Time to relax. Two relaxing pieces of music on the piano that we listened to earlier in the year
  11. Goodbye Song

Hello Song

It’s a time to settle down for some music and there are lots of ways to join in. Use it on its own or before doing another music activity.

  1. Join in and sing, clap, tap and move along to the song!
  2. Maybe you can try using your voice
  3. Sign hello
  4. Tap fast and slow
  5. Sign “Stop” at the end
  6. Have fun!

Words

Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(can you say and sign hello?)

We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(tap along with the music, sign “Stop” at the end)

More ideas with this video

  • If you can’t tap along, maybe a friend can tap your arm or foot for you so that you can feel the beat of the music.
  • Can you stamp your feet to the music? Can you tap your shoulders or your head? Move your fingers
  • Maybe try playing along with a shaker, or tap something that makes a sound that you like. A box of cereal?

Bounce and Catch

Sing and join in: Charlie Over the Ocean

Sing and clap: 123 Together

Sing and join in: Hickory Dickory Dock

Sing and join in: Yoshi Whoops!

Sing and join in: Five Buzzy Bees

 

Count and clap: We All Went on Safari

Play and clap: Funga Alafia

Time to move around or play your instrument

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

 

Music with Gordon 18 June

What to do today

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Not all of the activities are for everyone, so just do the ones you enjoy and as many times as you like.

Play along using any kind of instrument or use body percussion – clapping, tapping, clicking, stamping your feet.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello Song
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Bounce a favourite soft toy on a scarf as we sing Charlie Over the Ocean
  4. Sing and clap along to 123 Together and Hickory Dickory Dock
  5. Clap and join in with your own soft toy for Yoshi Whoops!
  6. Sing along and join the actions to Five Buzzy Bees
  7. We All Went on Safari: Get an instrument and join in with counting the animals in this story set in Tanzania in West Africa.
  8. Jam along, sing and do the actions to Funga Alafia
  9. Time to move. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and dance as we revisit some songs from earlier in the year.
  10. Time to relax. Two relaxing pieces by Erik Satie that we listened to earlier in the year
  11. Goodbye Song

Hello Song

It’s a time to settle down for some music and there are lots of ways to join in. Use it on its own or before doing another music activity.

  1. Join in and sing, clap, tap and move along to the song!
  2. Maybe you can try using your voice
  3. Sign hello
  4. Tap fast and slow
  5. Sign “Stop” at the end
  6. Have fun!

Words

Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(can you say and sign hello?)

We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(tap along with the music, sign “Stop” at the end)

More ideas with this video

  • If you can’t tap along, maybe a friend can tap your arm or foot for you so that you can feel the beat of the music.
  • Can you stamp your feet to the music? Can you tap your shoulders or your head? Move your fingers
  • Maybe try playing along with a shaker, or tap something that makes a sound that you like. A box of cereal?

Bounce and Catch

Sing and join in: Charlie Over the Ocean

Sing and clap: 123 Together

Sing and join in: Hickory Dickory Dock

Sing and join in: Yoshi Whoops!

Sing and join in: Five Buzzy Bees

 

Count and clap: We All Went on Safari

Play and clap: Funga Alafia

Time to move around or play your instrument

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

 

Make music with GarageBand keyboards

iPad music appsGarageBand is a powerful music making app that comes free for iPad or iPhone.

There are lots of areas to explore, from viartual instruments like guitar, keyboard, drums and orchestra.

Today I am going to show you how to some features for playing the keyboards.

  • Choose from a range of keyboards, not just piano
  • Set the music to be in a particular key — no bum notes! Lots of keys available, so try them out.
  • Use the arpeggiator to create dynamic cascading rhythms
  • There are lots of live effects possible – use the dials to change the sounds
  • Take turns with someone else adding in or changing the sounds one at a time.
  • As well as playing it live, you can record it and listen back later.
  • Use it as a soundtrack for a video.

Good for: This would be a good activity to create fun music to dance to or to create a party atmosphere and share with others. Or else try a more chilled sound with gentle sounds.

 

Music with Gordon 15 June

What to do today

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Not all of the activities are for everyone, so just do the ones you enjoy and as many times as you like.

Play along using any kind of instrument or use body percussion – clapping, tapping, clicking, stamping your feet.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello Song
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Sing and copy the actions for My Name is Pinocchio. Watch the video first to see how to do it. Then join in, tap arms and legs or watch and sing.
  4. Ricketty Ricketty Rocketty Horse. Get a teddy bear or favourite soft toy to bounce on your knee for this song. Maybe a grown-up will bounce you on their knee.
  5. We All Went on Safari: Get an instrument and join in with counting the animals in this story set in Tanzania in West Africa.
  6. Time to move. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and dance. If you like, get a scarf to play with. This week we have two songs. The first is a song about Portobello in Edinburgh by the Jennifer Ewan Band and has a relaxed summer feel. This week’s classic is Soul Bossa Nova by Quincy Jones that was featured in an Austin Powers movie.
  7. Time to relax. This week we are listening to a song in Gaelic from the Western Isles of Scotland, a love song called Calum Sgaire, sung by Donnie Munro, who used to be in the band Runrig. Finally, a gentle piece on piano by classical/ jazz legend Keith Jarrett, who plays his version of I Loves You Porgy from Porgy and Bess by George and Ira Gershwin.
  8. Goodbye Song

Hello Song

It’s a time to settle down for some music and there are lots of ways to join in. Use it on its own or before doing another music activity.

  1. Join in and sing, clap, tap and move along to the song!
  2. Maybe you can try using your voice
  3. Sign hello
  4. Tap fast and slow
  5. Sign “Stop” at the end
  6. Have fun!

Words

Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(can you say and sign hello?)

We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(tap along with the music, sign “Stop” at the end)

More ideas with this video

  • If you can’t tap along, maybe a friend can tap your arm or foot for you so that you can feel the beat of the music.
  • Can you stamp your feet to the music? Can you tap your shoulders or your head? Move your fingers
  • Maybe try playing along with a shaker, or tap something that makes a sound that you like. A box of cereal?

Bounce and Catch

Sing and join in: My Name is Pinocchio

Sing and join in: Ricketty Ricketty Rocketty Horse

Count and play: We All Went on Safari

 

 

Time to move around or play your instrument

 

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

 

Music with Gordon 11 June

What to do today

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Not all of the activities are for everyone, so just do the ones you enjoy and as many times as you like.

Play along using any kind of instrument or use body percussion – clapping, tapping, clicking, stamping your feet.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello Song
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Sing and copy the actions for My Name is Pinocchio. Watch the video first to see how to do it. Then join in, tap arms and legs or watch and sing.
  4. Ricketty Ricketty Rocketty Horse. Get a teddy bear or favourite soft toy to bounce on your knee for this song. Maybe a grown-up will bounce you on their knee.
  5. We All Went on Safari: Count the animals and join in with the clapping in this story set in Tanzania in West Africa.
  6. Time to move. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and dance. If you like, get a scarf to play with. This week’s classic is A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays by De La Soul.
  7. Time to relax. This week we are listening to an orchestral arrangement of a Bulgarian lullaby called Zaspalo e Chelebiiche (Chelebiiche is Sleepy).
  8. Goodbye Song

Hello Song

It’s a time to settle down for some music and there are lots of ways to join in. Use it on its own or before doing another music activity.

  1. Join in and sing, clap, tap and move along to the song!
  2. Maybe you can try using your voice
  3. Sign hello
  4. Tap fast and slow
  5. Sign “Stop” at the end
  6. Have fun!

Words

Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(can you say and sign hello?)

We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(tap along with the music, sign “Stop” at the end)

More ideas with this video

  • If you can’t tap along, maybe a friend can tap your arm or foot for you so that you can feel the beat of the music.
  • Can you stamp your feet to the music? Can you tap your shoulders or your head? Move your fingers
  • Maybe try playing along with a shaker, or tap something that makes a sound that you like. A box of cereal?

Bounce and Catch

Sing and join in: My Name is Pinocchio

Sing and join in: Ricketty Ricketty Rocketty Horse

Count and clap: We All Went on Safari

 

Time to move around or play your instrument

 

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

 

Make music with the Loopimal app

This is one of a number of mini-reviews of music-making apps for iPads and smart phones.

Loopimal is a simple but clever music-making app for the iPad that unfortunately isn’t free. However it offers good value in being clear, fun, creative and intuitive. 

Using simple characterful animal animations to represent instruments, users can combine these in different ways to make electronic beats and sounds that loop or repeat.

By dropping different shapes into an 8 beat grid that, it is possible to compose and modify music. As the music is all in the key of C, any white notes on a piano of keyboard will go with it.

 

Suggested activities:

  • take turns to build up a piece of music with a partner using 1, 2 or 4 animals
  • Take turns to swap animals in or out
  • make music to dance to
  • make music to sing along or play to
  • which is your favourite animal?
  • which is your favourite combination?

You can read a more complete review of the app on Common Sense Media.

Music with Gordon 8 June

What to do today

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Not all of the activities are for everyone, so just do the ones you enjoy and as many times as you like.

Play along using any kind of instrument or use body percussion – clapping, tapping, clicking, stamping your feet.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello Song
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Sing and copy the actions for My Name is Pinocchio. Watch the video first to see how to do it. Then join in, tap arms and legs or watch and sing.
  4. Ricketty Ricketty Rocketty Horse. Get a teddy bear or favourite soft toy to bounce on your knee for this song. Maybe a grown-up will bounce you on their knee.
  5. Funga Alafia: Copy the actions in the videos and join in this song from Nigeria in West Africa. The words are in the Hausa language and mean “Give us peace/ thank you thank you”.
  6. Instruments: Can you play along with your home-made instruments to Funga Alafia?
  7. Jam along to Funga Alafia: Copy the actions, sing and play your instruments.
  8. Time to move. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and dance. If you like, get a scarf to play with. This week’s classic is A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays by De La Soul.
  9. Time to relax. This week we are listening to an orchestral arrangement of a Bulgarian lullaby called Zaspalo e Chelebiiche (Chelebiiche is Sleepy).
  10. Goodbye Song

Hello Song

It’s a time to settle down for some music and there are lots of ways to join in. Use it on its own or before doing another music activity.

  1. Join in and sing, clap, tap and move along to the song!
  2. Maybe you can try using your voice
  3. Sign hello
  4. Tap fast and slow
  5. Sign “Stop” at the end
  6. Have fun!

Words

Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(can you say and sign hello?)

We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(tap along with the music, sign “Stop” at the end)

More ideas with this video

  • If you can’t tap along, maybe a friend can tap your arm or foot for you so that you can feel the beat of the music.
  • Can you stamp your feet to the music? Can you tap your shoulders or your head? Move your fingers
  • Maybe try playing along with a shaker, or tap something that makes a sound that you like. A box of cereal?

Bounce and Catch

Sing and join in: My Name is Pinocchio

Sing and join in: Ricketty Ricketty Rocketty Horse

Sing and join in: Funga Alafia

 Try Funga Alafia with home-made instruments

Sing, move and play along to Funga Alafia

Time to move around or play your instrument

 

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

 

Music with Gordon 4 June

What to do today

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Not all of the activities are for everyone, so just do the ones you enjoy and as many times as you like.

Play along using any kind of instrument or use body percussion – clapping, tapping, clicking, stamping your feet.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello Song
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Sing Charlie Over the Ocean. Watch the video first to see how to do it. Then you can get your own soft toys and join in or else watch and sing.
  4. Ride a Horse. Get a teddy bear or favourite soft toy to bounce on your knee for this song. Maybe a grown-up will bounce you on their knee.
  5. Funga Alafia: Copy the actions in the videos and join in this song from Nigeria in West Africa. The words are in the Hausa language and mean “Give us peace/ thank you thank you”.
  6. Instruments: Can you play along with your home-made instruments to Funga Alafia?
  7. Time to move. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and dance. If you like, get a scarf to play with. This week’s classic is Shiny Happy People by REM, with guest vocals by Kate Pierson from the B-52s. Can you copy the dance everybody does together?
  8. Time to relax. This week we are listening to a piano piece called aisatsana by electronica and ambient pioneer The Aphex Twin.
  9. Goodbye Song

Hello Song

It’s a time to settle down for some music and there are lots of ways to join in. Use it on its own or before doing another music activity.

  1. Join in and sing, clap, tap and move along to the song!
  2. Maybe you can try using your voice
  3. Sign hello
  4. Tap fast and slow
  5. Sign “Stop” at the end
  6. Have fun!

Words

Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?
We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(can you say and sign hello?)

We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”

(tap along with the music, sign “Stop” at the end)

More ideas with this video

  • If you can’t tap along, maybe a friend can tap your arm or foot for you so that you can feel the beat of the music.
  • Can you stamp your feet to the music? Can you tap your shoulders or your head? Move your fingers
  • Maybe try playing along with a shaker, or tap something that makes a sound that you like. A box of cereal?

Bounce and Catch

Charlie Over the Ocean

Sing and join in: Ride a Horse

Sing and join in: Funga Alafia

 Try Funga Alafia with home-made instruments

Time to move around or play your instrument

 

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

 

Activity ideas for the giant scrunchie or scarf

Activity ideas for the giant scrunchie or scarf

We often often use a giant scrunchie in lessons (sometimes called a Magical Musical Circle). They help everyone move to the music or at least feel the rhythm together.

What’s a giant scrunchie?

These are large stretchy bands covered in fabric and you probably won’t have one at home. Instead you can:

  • Use one or more scarves tied together (see video)
  • Use your sewing skills to make one (there are a number of how-to videos online)
  • Purchase one (there are a number of people making them at home. Look at the Etsy arts and crafts website or Ebay)

You can make your own one very simply by tying a knot in a scarf. It’s best if it isn’t a special one, in case it stretches out of shape. You can use it with one or more partners or own your own. Maybe it’s possible to make a bigger one by using more scarves tied together. Try it and see.

Some classes like to sing Sally Go Round the Sun, so in this video Gordon shows that song. Remember, you can use the Magical Musical Circle in lots of ways. Have fun!

 

Activity ideas

The giant scrunchie (known as a stretchy band in America if you’re looking online) can be used in many different ways to encourage movement to music and songs. Once you have tried these, there are more on the internet and you can of course have fun making up your own.

  • Sit, on the floor or in chairs. Sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” doing the actions with the song while holding the stretchy band.
  • Any song with actions can be used: e.g. Wheels on the Bus, Wind the Bobbin Up, Over the Irish Sea, Hokey Cokey
  • Musical Stretchy Band: Tie a ribbon on the stretchy band and use hand over hand motion to pass the band around the circle while some music plays. When the music stops, the person closest to the ribbon makes up an action and everyone copies it.
  • Use the song, Ring O Roses while walking in a big circle. All fall down at the end, then get up and go the other direction to repeat.
  • Sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” While the stretchy band goes round, march your feet (march in circle). (Other movement suggestions: gallop, skip, walk, jump). When the stretchy band goes up, make a yawn. (Lift stretchy band high). (Other movement suggestions: shout hooray, lift your leg, wiggle your shoulders, shake your head, do a dance)
  • Move to your favourite music different speeds. Keep the beat together and when something in the music changes e.g. the chorus, do another action (go high, low, side to side, in and out, pass the scrunchie around one way or the other). Try different types of music – pop, rock, Scottish country dance music
  • If someone doesn’t want to hold on at first, just let them feel the movement of the scrunchie against their leg, back or shoulders. For more ideas and videos, search the internet for giant scrunchie activities or stretchy band activities