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Music with Gordon 1 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. 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?
  7. Time to relax. This week we are listening to a piano piece called aisatsana by electronica and ambient pioneer The Aphex Twin.
  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

Charlie Over the Ocean

Sing and join in: Ride a Horse

Sing and join in: Funga Alafia

Time to move around or play your instrument

 

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

 

Music with Gordon 27 May

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. 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 old ska classics from Jamaica by The Ethiopians that have a train theme — Last Train to Skaville and Engine 54. Can you move like a train to these?
  7. Time to relax. This week we are listening to Celeste by Roger and Brian Eno. Brian Eno played with Roxy Music and worked with U2. He also invented ambient music and the two brothers often create music together. If you like this, you might enjoy making music on the Bloom app, which Brian Eno created.
  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

Charlie Over the Ocean

Sing and join in: Ride a Horse

Sing and join in: Five Buzzy Bees

Sing and join in: Funga Alafia

Time to move around or play your instrument

 

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

 

Music with Gordon 21 May

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-O Ride-O Ride-O. 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. Five Buzzy Bees. Sing along and copy the actions. Can you make your buzzy bee go up and down, backwards and forwards, left and right, buzz all around?
  6. Over the Irish Sea. Join in or hold on to a scarf with a partner to move to the song.
  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.
  8. Time to chill. This week we are listening to a classic song arranged for piano – Imagine, by John Lennon, played by Rousseau
  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-O Ride-O Ride-O

Sing and join in: Five Buzzy Bees

Sing and join in: Over the Irish Sea

Time to move around or play your instrument

 

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

 

Music with Gordon 19 May 2020

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. Clap, tap and sing along to Clap Your Hands Together.
  4. Ride-O Ride-O Ride-O. 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. Five Buzzy Bees. Sing along and copy the actions. Can you make your buzzy bee go up and down, backwards and forwards, left and right, buzz all around?
  6. Over the Irish Sea. Join in or hold on to a scarf with a partner to move to the song.
  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.
  8. Time to chill. This week we are listening to a classic song arranged for piano – Imagine, by John Lennon, played by Rousseau
  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

Clap Your Hands Together

Sing and join in: Ride-O Ride-O Ride-O

Sing and join in: Five Buzzy Bees

Sing and join in: Over the Irish Sea

Time to move around or play your instrument

 

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

Music with Gordon 25 May

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. Clap, tap and sing along to Clap Your Hands Together.
  4. Watch the video and join in with Yoshi Whoops! Can you play it using  your own name? What about someone else’s name or that of a friend. Try it with a favourite character or soft toy.
  5. Now try playing Yoshi Whoops! using one or two instruments.
  6. Over the Irish Sea. Join in or hold on to a scarf with a partner to move to the song.
  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.
  8. Time to chill. This week we are listening to some gentle music from Minecraft by C418. There are lots of tracks to choose from, but this one is called Sweden, which is where the Minecraft game originally came from.
  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

Clap Your Hands Together

Play Yoshi Whoops!

 

Play Yoshi Whoops! with instruments

Make a Scrunchie to use in Music play with

Sing and join in: Over the Irish Sea

Time to move around or play your instrument

 

 

Chill and relax

 

Goodbye Song

Music with Gordon 6 May

What to do today

Today, we have a clapping game we sometimes do in class. We also have a new music game to try.

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Do the activities as many times as you like. Use any kind of instrument to like to play along.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Clap, tap and sing along to Clap Your Hands Together.
  4. Watch the video and join in with Yoshi Whoops! Can you play it using  your own name? What about someone else’s name or that of a friend. Try it with a favourite character or soft toy.
  5. Now try playing Yoshi Whoops using one or two instruments.
  6. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and move. If you like, get a scarf to play with.
  7. Time to chill. This week we are listening to Clair de lune by Debussy, arranged for guitar and performed by Roxane Elfasci
  8. Goodbye

Hello Song

Click and scroll down to see the video

Bounce and Catch

Clap Your Hands Together

Play Yoshi Whoops!

 

Play Yoshi Whoops! with instruments

Time to move around or play your instrument

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

Making music with the Real Percussion app

This is a free app for iPad and is one I have picked out from quite a choice. The main screen shows a percussion kit of different drums and symbols that can be played just by tapping on them.

Like a drum kit from GarageBand, but taking up much less space on the phone or tablet, you can play as it is to make rhythms on your own or with someone else sharing the screen. As you get better, you can play along with some of the free sound loops, purchase more in-app or play along to something on the TV, radio, YouTube or wherever.

 

Music with Gordon 30 April

What to do today

Today, we have a clapping game we sometimes do in class. We also have a new music game to try.

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Do the activities as many times as you like. Use any kind of instrument to like to play along.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Clap, tap and sing along to Clap Your Hands Together.
  4. Watch the video and join in with Yoshi Whoops! Can you play it using  your own name? What about someone else’s name or that of a friend. Try it with a favourite character or soft toy.
  5. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and move. If you like, get a scarf to play with.
  6. Time to chill. This week we are listening to Yann Tiersen – La valse d’Amélie
  7. Goodbye

Hello Song

Click and scroll down to see the video

Bounce and Catch

Clap Your Hands Together

Play Yoshi Whoops!

 

 

 

Time to move around or play your instrument

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

Music with Gordon 27 April

What to do today

Today, we’re going to try playing our home made instruments along to Cho-co-la-te

If you haven’t seen the previous post and videos on making instruments at home, you can find it here.

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Do the activities as many times as you like.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Play Cho-co-la-te with homemade instruments. You could try having an instrument in each hand or if somebody is with you maybe you would like to share and take turns with the parts of the rhythms.
  4. Play the instruments along to the video or get up and move. If you like, get a scarf to play with.
  5. Time to chill This week we are listening to Yann Tiersen – La valse d’Amélie
  6. Goodbye

Hello Song

Click and scroll down to see the video

Bounce and Catch

Play Cho-co-la-te using home made instruments

 

 

 

Time to move around or play your instrument

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

Music with Gordon 23 April: Exploring sounds

What to do today

Today, we’re going to do some careful listening and find explore what sounds we can find from things that we might have around the house. We can turn them into instruments. Afterwards, keep the things you like together so that you can reuse them.

If you haven’t seen the previous post and videos on making instruments at home, you can find it here.

Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Do the activities as many times as you like.

Activities (links below)

  1. Hello
  2. Bounce and catch
  3. Watch the video
  4. What things can you find that make a sound that you like?
  5. Play them along along to the video or get up and move. If you like get a scarf to play with.
  6. Time to chill
  7. Goodbye

Hello Song

Click and scroll down to see the video

Bounce and Catch

Watch the video

Time to move around or play your instrument

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song