Sinach – Way Maker – Free Piano Sheet

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This year the congregation of my church were encouraged to learn Sinach’s Way Maker.

A very simple song yet full of meaning on what God does in our lives.

My mom has since  loved the song immensely and I believe so many others too including myself. She asked me to create a really simple piano arrangement which could help her learn the song.

I decided that I might as well share it with the world and anyone that might benefit from it. Hopefully I could arrange an advanced version in the near future.

You will find that I created a few versions with guided notes and even lyrics. There’s also a midi file to help with listening.

Way Maker Easy Piano Sheets:

Way Maker-.notesnames+lyricspdf

Way Maker-.notenames big+ lyricspdf

Way Maker-.guided notespdf

Way Maker-.chords+lyricspdf

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Ed Tech Tool: GIFs

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I ran into situations in class where I find myself repeating over and over a specific instruction to my students to carry certain tasks like playing BAG keys on the keyboard. A majority of my young students find it hard to remember my instructions; they’re just so active!

It came to my mind that I need a looped video and that’s where the idea of using GIFs came to my mind.

I think this is really genius.

Perhaps better than using Youtube video as it doesn’t allow you to loop short clips. I think GIFs does a fantastic job of that. The only loop hole (haha! pun intended) is that GIFs don’t usually allow audio clips over it.

Nothing is impossible with the internet these days.

There are many GIF creators site out there and I just happen to used the most common one: Giphy

The site is user-friendly and self-explanatory in terms of creating your own GIF.

All you need are pictures or videos and the site will create the GIF for you.

Here is my sample that I made from a short video clip:

Music Education GIF
In this GIF, I’m helping my students to learn identify the BAG notes on the keyboard.
I have yet to try it on my own but here is a sample video that teaches you how to insert music to GIFs

Go try this new idea today!

It could be a simple thing like a body movement or drawing the treble clef [That’s an idea now!].

 

Ed Tech Tools: Music Fonts

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Recently, a friend whom I met through my Orff Levels in Singapore shared how she could now use consistent images for Kodaly and Orff learning with music fonts. I discovered the following paid resource:

Note-able Font – http://mymusicalmagic.blogspot.my/2014/07/music-notation-solutions-note-able-font.html

TpT link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Note-able-Font-Package-Essential-Music-Teacher-Self-Publisher-Tool-PCMac-804893

I think that it’s actually very cool!

I’ve been using Sibelius for my music works and also classroom related materials and I think this is another good improvement and development towards how music teachers can present their work.

I also took the liberty of Googling for free music fonts that we might be able to use without paying. [If you are as resource-weak as me, free stuff is a joy!]

Free Music Fonts downloads:

http://www.fontspace.com/dvm-publications/metdemo

http://www.fontspace.com/robert-allgeyer/musisync

http://www.fontspace.com/renny-murray/dtnoted [I used this font to create the image for this post’s feature image]

I like to DIY in some ways and I wondered how these people came up with their own fonts.

Lo and behold…

How to create your own font video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjPOOBu2x2E

There are many resource or videos like that.

One of these days…. I will make my own fonts!!!!

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[The above font is made with this: http://www.fontspace.com/beeline/alphamusicman]

Edu Tech Tools – Mp3

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In the name of education, we need lots of free content to use in our classroom.

I find it quite unavoidable to use illegal means to get Mp3 but I justify that I’m not selling nor am I claiming to own the copyrighted content that I use in my classroom.

I find this site reliable by far in downloading music from Youtube. There many original if not, copyrighted content in Youtube that I wish to use and this is one means of getting it. It’s especially useful when you have internet connectivity issues and you wished you had an offline resource. Just remember, don’t claim it as your own and do not sell it.

This next site is also a very useful to to cut music without downloading any software. I like that it has many options of uploading the music e.g. via Dropbox, Google drive and even direct from your computer. Same reminder here though, don’t claim it as your own and do not sell it.

We need to give content providers due credit whenever necessary. Without them, we would have to create many ideas of our own.

Classroom management: Pinkfong Stories

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Apart from Go Noodle that I mentioned in last week’s article, I also discover good use in this Youtube Channel, Pinkfong.

Aside from the Baby Shark that famously came out from this content provider, they also have a good range of literacy videos that are good for young children.

I find that the Pinkfong Stories playlist is very useful when I have a little amount of time before lesson ends and the students needs a physical break.

The videos are well curated for Primary Kids  and it helps to improve their language skills. Most importantly for my use, they are not too long.

You can also check out their official site for other information. They have more information about the direct apps you can download into your mobile or tablet devices.

Classroom Management: Go Noodle

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Running out of ideas on how to perk your young students energy?

Need some new dance moves for your kinesthetic kids?

Your students are sleepy and bored?

The digital age has produced one of the best solutions that educators will love.

Go Noodle

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This is an interactive site catered to young and older children. It is best managed by teachers to use when students are

  1. feeling bored
  2. having low energy
  3. in need of warm up activities to start their day
  4. too energetic

The site provides all sorts of interactive videos to suit all kinds of energy levels. Most importantly, it helps students to focus.

Depending on my classes, I might use it at the beginning of the lesson to get the students warmed up for more kinaesthetic activities related to lesson. Sometimes I use it as a reward for accomplishing class tasks. In this aspect, when you create a Go Noodle account, you may create a few classes and chooses colorful characters for any of your classes. I’ve yet to know any limit of classes you can create but I would say it has fair amount of use.

The interactive videos can be categorized according to duration, energy level and even channel. Quite a number of content providers like MooseTube, KidsBop are featured in GoNoodle. This really saves a lot of time for the teacher in searching age appropriate content on Youtube.

Every time a video is completed, the character’s growth level will be increased. I believe that the characters have about 3 times to grow and then the character reaches its growth limit in the Transmogifier<I do not think my spelling for this is correct but a good try I guess>.

Overall, it’s a really fun site for students and for teachers.

Give it a try!

Lesson Plan – Ode to Joy on Recorder

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Since I’ve started teaching recorder almost 5 years ago, Ode to Joy is one of the songs that I like teaching. For one, it’s based on a popular symphonic melody and it helps introduce students to classical music and a famous composer. There’s so much you can do with this song.

I would just like to record the process of teaching this song as I’ve made so many revisions with it.

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The sheet music above is really a good one that I’ve found and used over the years. It’s plain to see that the lyrics are direct and easy for primary kids to absorb. Although the notes are not the ones that I would use in teaching recorder, the lyrics are really wonderful!

Here is the following process that I would like to suggest:

  1. Teach students to sing the lyrics by rote. Accompany student’s singing on the piano or mp3.
  2. With the help of the recorder as reference, teach the note fingering while singing the notes in melody. Do so in one bar phrases where the students repeats it after the teacher.
  3. Ask the students how many notes are being used in the song and they should answer you 6 notes e.g. B, A, G, C, D’ and low D.
  4. Repeat Step 2 a few times until students are fluent in reciting the note names while demonstrating the fingering.
  5. Allow students to work in pairs or group to practice.
  6. Reassemble the students as a whole class and sing the note names while playing note fingerings.
  7. Allow students to play the recorder in phrases while teacher recite the bar phrases. Do this at least two times to internalise the melody notes.
  8. Allow students to work in pairs or group again to practice.
  9. Reassemble the students as as whole class and play the song together while teacher recites the bar phrases.
  10. Play the whole song together with accompany on piano or mp3.
  11. Assess students development/improvement by having the students to play in group while teacher accompanies the song. This allows different groups of students to rest or assess others playing.

I find the students assessment method at the end of the process very useful as I can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the students in small groups. In this way, time is not wasted too. Such group assessment also allows weak students to feel less intimidated and they feel that they can blend in the group if they can play some of the easier passages.

The weakness of this process is that the students do not learn to read the music.

Hence, I would like to suggest the following after finishing the process above:

  1. Write out each bar of the music in separate pieces of A4 paper.
  2. Place them in the middle of the classroom floor like pieces of jigsaw puzzle and have the students stand around them.
  3. Instruct the students to identify and arrange the music according to the Ode to Joy melody. Give them some hints that some parts are similar or repeated in different phrases. [At this point, the students should already know how BAG notes look like on the music staff. ]
  4. Check the arrangement of notes and have the students play and read the notes. They should be more aware now how the music look like and they will feel motivated to read and play the notes.

After this, music appreciation and history studies can be introduced to supplement the Ode to Joy studies.