How I assemble my recording equipment into a mini luggage bag

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I think the caption of this instagram sums it all what I want to say in this post.

I couldn’t have found a good solution for now. I can carry it anywhere: workplace, home, potential client’s place? Who knows?

What ever it is, I am a happy amateur recording producer now. Hahaha… I wonder whether that is the right term.

So much to do, so little time

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Some days I wish I have less than 24 hours but these days I wish there was more.

The new purposes I find in life late just isn’t forgiving when there’s just only 24 hours. I didn’t make any new year resolutions but I did put down a list of things that I want to do and should do. On so many levels and areas, the things I need to do are mountainous. It’s simply endless.

It’s way past mid January and I start to feel a little scared. There’s so much I want to achieve and at the same time, I wish time was fast so that I can get to do things that can only be done at specific times. Despite those fears, I’m at peace that I have a big goal to achieve. It keeps me on adrenaline high during days where it’s just gloomy and torturous.

Most of all, God is with me. I know it and I feel it. Sometimes, I regret leaving Him behind but I say the same, silent prayer every day before or as I’m going to work. I do the best I can to keep up learning.

My feelings on teaching is so inconsistent. Sometimes, I wish I can drop it all but sometimes I just flow with sudden inspiration. I’m putting melody to words that has not been done before to certain rhymes I find. Those sparks keep me going in what I know I love doing. I wish I can share it all but time is really, really so punishing at times.

There’s still so much to write about but I have to get back to work.

Till next time.

Kahoot! – Recognizing notes on the Piano Keyboard

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I’ve been feeling under the weather lately with a wisdom toothache and it is most unpleasant as I find it hard to concentrate and eat. That’s why I haven’t been posting up anything new lately.

Thank God for his blessings, I am feeling much better. So, I would like to share about what I’m doing to improve my students’ knowledge on recognising notes on the piano keyboard. Since the beginning of the semester, I have been quite limited by the time and materials that I can use for my Secondary Music lessons. I knew that Kahoot was a good platform to use as an interactive lesson strategy but in the past month, I realised it’s full potential when I explored more. You can create lessons with your Kahoot by putting in videos or flip classroom style. I have so much good things to tell about Kahoot and I felt that the only downside of it is that you need two devices at a time to use Kahoot. I guess that can be easily overcome as most people have more than one device nowadays. It works well on computers, Androids and even Apple devices.

My Year 7s have trouble learning about the piano keyboard and staff lately. I partially blame myself for it but they really liked Kahoot when I first introduced it. So I tried my hand on creating a Kahoot lesson on this topic.

Kahoot link: Recognizing notes on the piano Keyboard

Below is a preview of how my Kahoot looks like.

Please give it a try! Feedbacks are always great!

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Beats and Rhythm 

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Teaching beats and rhythm is every music teacher’s business.

It has never been easy for me to teach these concepts to young children. Hence, when I came across this site, it was tonnes of help!

My pre-school students seem to understand the difference now that I showed them videos of a ticking clock or beating heart. The following Google Slide has a summary of how I conduct the class the materials I taken from the reference site and also videos of a ticking clock and beating heart.

Nonetheless, getting them to actually perform beat and rhythm accurately will take sometime. The next step I’ll take is to use my printables (rainraingoaway-beatandrhythm3) and get the students to point the beat and rhythm.

Would be glad if there are other easier methods to teach the young ones.

Ayak-ayak: A modern take on traditional music #gamelan

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I I’m bringing back a lot of old arrangements into the open now. When I was studying my music degree, I had the privilege of playing Gamelan music. They are really intriguing instruments and its music simple as it maybe, it’s also most wonderful.

For a contemporary music class assignment, I take joy in arranging music for all kinds of instruments. Then, I decided to take the music we learned in Gamelan class and transformed its melody into a different style – jazz, which was pretty much what I was studying as part of my major.

At that time, we had really limited instruments and skills. We had to employ the use of keyboards and pianos. The name of the Gamelan music is “Ayak-ayak” and to be honest, I do not know its meaning either!

If you have interest in trying this arrangement, please do leave me a comment!

Below is a Gamelan sample of Ayak-Ayak:

Recorder exercises for different meters

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I created this set of recorder exercises a couple of years back.

It challenges the students to play in different meter/time signature. At the same time, it trains them to read notes and also try different pitches especially B-flat. The exercises comprises of notes from F to high D. Not very difficult but it may be rhythmically challenging.

Feedback is much welcomed!

Click below to download pdf: reading-and-playing-rhythm-on-recorder

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