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

notenames big

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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]

In His Time / Leadsheet

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This is me spending my time efficiently and productively as much as I possibly can.

Available in 3 keys: B-flat, C and D major

Download pdf: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wel9ieentgzrett/In%20His%20Time.pdf?dl=0

Note: I like to transform simple chords to more harmonically rich ones. I thought the ones I used here aren’t too bad.

Sample sheet:

In His Time_Bb

Fingerplay: 手指变变变 [shou zhi bian bian bian]

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It has always skipped my mind to introduce non-English songs to my young learners.

Quite awhile back I had visited a music shop in a very unusual place on mainland Penang. It’s in the area that locals like to call Autocity. So there was this shop selling instruments for a relative low price and they also offered music books and accessories. I chanced upon this Mandarin book and it was the only copy left. It’s titled 幼儿音乐游戏 and in this book there were 100 suggested songs and games. The publisher is 时代出版传媒股份有限公司. It comes with a CD too. I never got a round to opening the CD as the iMac does not have a CD drive that I could use. I decided to make a video from scratch. I’d like to say I’m not too proud of my own singing voice but I decided to give it a go.

This song that I recorded is a finger play activity and it teaches young learners to use their fingers to create animal figures. If a non-native speaker comes across this video, I hope the basic translation helps.

Recognizing tonality: Major and minor chords

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This academic year I attempt to teach difficult topics that I have not done before. With such limited time that I have with my KS3 students (40 minutes and less than that a week!), I plan to use the little time that I have very wisely.

I’ve been exploring and still continuing to do so in expanding my repertoire of lesson materials in terms of technology use. It can be quite tricky to use free apps and sites to teach music as most of the time, the usage can be quite limited.

I used Kahoot to teach about rhythm values and symbols but I toyed with the idea of using it as a listening test tool. It was quite tedious as I had to record chords on iMovie and uploaded the sound as a video file on Youtube. Nonetheless, it gets the job done as Kahoot only accepts videos or images.

This Kahoot features 10 questions, each having its own video link on Youtube. The chords are played twice each time and at an appropriate speed. Each video lasts approximately 8 seconds whereas students get to answer it in 10 seconds.

Tonality Gym 1: https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/37b93356-20d9-4d9e-9f02-2287255a68b6

I decided that one quiz was not going to be enough, so, I made two! The second Kahoot features lesser answer time; 5 seconds. It’s meant to be more challenging!

Tonality Gym 2: https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/fbb45b82-64ad-455c-aa2c-275f76d3f6f6

I have yet to try these Kahoots out but I do hope to report a swell time that we will have in class.


Wait a minute!

I’m happy to share that I created a new Youtube channel dedicated to all my educational material. I hope that it would be an awesome collection and resource.

Ms Cherylyn’s Music Education Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxF4-7r8TAx0QPlJsz_Hujw

 

 

A Musical Trip to Brunei

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It’s been awhile since I was here but I took an opportunity to record something musical with an old friend of mine when I was on a trip to visit her in Brunei. It’s great to be able to play friends who can keep up with you.

A wonderful four-hand jazz piano piece, Over the Rainbow that was arranged by yours truly. I had arranged this piece a few years back to perform with a student for a Piano Duet Festival in Penang.

Score available for purchase here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Somewhere-Over-the-Rainbow-3651107

Since it’s been quite sometime that we did something fun, we had to do a fun and simple piece to remember by.

 

With more time, I hope to update on something interesting later on.

That’s all for now.

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.