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
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.
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.
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.
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.