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Monday, December 6

  1. page Musical Journal - reflections edited Using Instruments and composing: ... vital to realise accept that although ... is also vita…
    Using Instruments and composing:
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    vital to realiseaccept that although
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    is also vitalimperative to allow
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    in a no-pressure context.low-pressure context in which they feel free to experiment without worrying about whether they are technically correct.
    School Experience:
    I really enjoyed the experience that we carried out in school, and I found it to be very insightful in relation to teaching young children a new song.
    -Main Findings:
    Children appeared to feel more confident to join in when they could you the actions to support the words.
    The actions prompted the remembering of the song words when children were asked to sing the song in the second session.
    Children appeared to become more involved when participated in active learning (thinking of different ways to use their voices).

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  2. page Musical Journal - reflections edited Using Instruments and composing: I found that this lesson was technically more difficult than les…
    Using Instruments and composing:
    I found that this lesson was technically more difficult than lessons where the focus was on singing. Perhaps because of the notion that 'everyone can sing' whereas using instruments require specific knowledge and skills in order to successfully produce what we perceive as 'music'. (Although one could argue that the sounds we produced is still music). Because of this lack of skills and knowledge I found that I did not have much confidence with producing patterns and sounds, although it was enjoyable to 'play' with the notes. This, I felt, was an important feeling to experience as it made me realise that when using instruments with children it is vital to realise that although the teaching of specific skills is important, it is also vital to allow children to play with sounds on their terms in a no-pressure context.

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Friday, October 29

  1. page Musical Journal - week 4 edited Week 4: Song to teach: 'The animals went in two by two' - http://www.singup.org/songbank/song-bank…
    Week 4:
    Song to teach: 'The animals went in two by two' - http://www.singup.org/songbank/song-bank/song-detail/view/21-the-animals-went-in-two-by-two/
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    stood up? refelction?Reflection?
    This lesson initally felt like a big challenge for me as not only were me and Nikki first to sing but we had to think of a more active approach to teaching our song rather then just 'sat round a table'. Although we had thought of some basic hand actions to compliment the song, we had not considered the use of our whole bodies which on reflection would have to be a consideration if we were to teach the song to children in school. Alot of the actions had to be thought of 'on the spot' and there was a bit of experimenting with what would work, however this was quite useful as our peers would also give some input on what they thought would work which was great. It actually turned out to be alot of fun to think of actions and to guide my peers who also seemed to enjoy joining in. In terms of teaching the song the first attempt did not work successfully as the class were not aware of the words and the backing music went rather fast. However we found that once we taught without the backing music and broke the song into small chunks (each verse) the rest of the class were much more confident at having a go which in turn helped make me more confident.

    Feedback from peers- 'The animals went in two by two':
    "Well done for being first to go! really brave! Once you slowed the song down and taught it without the backing track, the enjoyment of the song was evident. You were both really confident once you stepped away from relying on the recording, and I think that you would both be brilliant at singing with a class without using a recorded track. The marching around kept the rhythm and notes were in our range and could easily be adapted to that of your class." Darren 18/10/10
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    "Well done guys, you did really well I enjoyed experimenting the different ways that you could deliver this song and the ways of teaching it." Rachael 18/10/10
    "Well done, I thought this was a fun song and the movement made it more interactive and engaging {http://learn.winchester.ac.uk/theme/winchester/pix/s/smiley.gif} smile " Shelly 19/10/10
    "I really enjoyed the actions and moving around during this song, it was lots of fun. I could imagine using it to move children between classes as they are marching, or as a warmup for PE. You taught it really well and seemed really confident once you got rid of the music. well done" Kirsty 19/10/10
    "I really liked the way you taught this song and it was great fun teaching it to my class! They particularly loved walking around in a circle and doing the actions!!" Claire 22/10/10

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Tuesday, October 19

  1. page Musical Journal - week 4 edited Week 4: Song to teach: 'The animals went in two by two' - http://www.singup.org/songbank/song-ban…
    Week 4:
    Song to teach: 'The animals went in two by two' - http://www.singup.org/songbank/song-bank/song-detail/view/21-the-animals-went-in-two-by-two/
    How was teaching song with action stood up? refelction?
    Feedback from peers- 'The animals went in two by two':
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  2. page Musical Journal - week 4 edited Week 4: How was teaching song with action stood up? refelction? Feedback from peers- 'The animal…
    Week 4:
    How was teaching song with action stood up? refelction?
    Feedback from peers- 'The animals went in two by two':
    "Well done for being first to go! really brave! Once you slowed the song down and taught it without the backing track, the enjoyment of the song was evident. You were both really confident once you stepped away from relying on the recording, and I think that you would both be brilliant at singing with a class without using a recorded track. The marching around kept the rhythm and notes were in our range and could easily be adapted to that of your class." Darren 18/10/10
    "Well done. It was brave to go first.You were able to learn from what you did and adapt on the hoof. As a teacher that will be most valuable. What do you do in advance to make sure your next one is better." Jay 18/10/10
    "Well done guys, you did really well I enjoyed experimenting the different ways that you could deliver this song and the ways of teaching it." Rachael 18/10/10
    "Well done, I thought this was a fun song and the movement made it more interactive and engaging {http://learn.winchester.ac.uk/theme/winchester/pix/s/smiley.gif} smile " Shelly 19/10/10

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Thursday, October 14

  1. page Musical Journal- weeks 1-3 edited ... I felt that I was being creative through experimenting with my voice (starting a song on a dif…
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    I felt that I was being creative through experimenting with my voice (starting a song on a different note from the rest of my peers). Although seemingly easy, I found that activity difficult to master because it was hard to detach myself from Jay's starting note and go in my own direction. I feel that the reason for this was firstly because Jay's voice is the most prominent in the room and therefore it feel natural to follow her. Secondly I think that I did not have the knowledge or confidence to participate effectively, however after a few attempts it did become easier.
    How did I feel when singing to the class?
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