Tag Archives: Music rehearsal or work in progress

Inquiring in Year 9 Music

I have just finished a unit of inquiry with my Year 9 Music students, and I’m so proud of what the students were able to achieve. I won’t talk about everything we did, but I will share with you what … Continue reading

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Fire and Rain with my man.

Hey all. My husband, Nathan, decided to learn how to play Fire and Rain by James Taylor today, so when I got home we practiced through it quite a few times and hit record. No special reason, we just both … Continue reading

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Saturday Jam

My husband and I have been learning some songs to gig with. We’ve been listening to Neko Case and the New Pornographers (a Canadian singer-songwriter supergroup) and set about recording their song ‘Go Places’ today. I like the discipline of … Continue reading

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Songwriting Challenge: Too Long Gone

I’ve written two songs this weekend. One still needs the structure of the song tweaked, but this one is on its way to being finished. Still experimenting with how I want my voice to sound, but you will get the … Continue reading

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Process over product- learning to read music

Below is a video of my grade 8 class learning to play Fossiles. This is the second group I’ve taught this piece to and with different personalities/ learning styles and speeds, different challenges have arisen. Learning to play an instrument … Continue reading

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Creative challenge: Song-writing – part 1.

Earlier this year my grade 8 classes were given the challenge of writing and performing their own song. First they had to work out how to play guitar, then they had to figure out the structure of standard pop songs … Continue reading

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Changing key affects a song’s message.

I’ve been practicing singing and playing Lilac Wine for an open mic night. It’s a simple enough song (except for the annoying barre chords) but what I’ve discovered is that singing in a different key affects the song’s meaning. Below … Continue reading

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