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How to make… a homemade guitar!

Easy method: A homemade guitar can be assembled with nothing but a paper towel tube, an empty cereal box and some rubber bands. Make one with this easy-to-follow tutorial! Adult supervision is necessary. Step 1 – Gather your materials: For your home-made guitar you’ll need the following: (1) a cereal box (2) a large cardboard…

How to make… a homemade microphone!

It’s time to channel your inner soul singer! Create your very own microphone out of these simple household objects. Step 1 – Gather your materials: For your homemade microphone we’re going to need thefollowing: (1) scissors (2) PVA glue (3) a paper towel tube (4) a styrofoam ball (5) coloured card (6) tin foil Step…

How to make… homemade tubular bells!

While not a faithful reproduction of tubular bells, an array of sturdy pint glasses can make a fine substitute! Always make sure this activity is carried out under adult supervision; if you’re worried about spills, assist your child in tapping on the glasses.  Step 1 – Gather your materials: For your homemade tubular bellls we’re…

How to make… homemade drums!

Homemade drums are the perfect way to teach your kids rhythm. And if you’re on a tight budget look no further; this drumkit can be assembled using nothing but pots and pans from your kitchen cupboards! Easy method: Step 1 – Gather your materials: It’s pretty easy to assemble your own drum kit from household…

The Sound Toolkit: developing aural awareness in Early Learners – Part 2: categorising the aural concepts

What’s this all about? This blog continues the theme of developing aural awareness. Here we are going to share with you our aural ‘groupings’. Then we are going to offer you an activity that you can use with any age group at all – from the very Early Years through to senior citizens. We have…

The Sound Toolkit: developing aural awareness in Early Learners – Part 1: The voice

In the next few blogs, we’d like to share some of the presentation we delivered at the #MusicEdExpo in London, Olympia, on 23rd February. We were exploring the topic of aural awareness – why it is such an important aspect of learning, both in terms of musical understanding and also within a more holistic perspective.   Before…

Developing aural awareness in early learners

It’s such fun teaching aural awareness to early learners when you use visual props! Find out more at the Music & Drama Education Expo (MDEducationExpo). We will be presenting a session that is bursting with ideas for developing aural skills in early learners using contexts that have meanings to match their experiences. Whether you specialise in teaching…

January 2018: Looking forward, glancing back

Welcome to 2018! We wish you all a happy, successful and musical year full of opportunities, challenges and accomplishments! The start of a new year is always a good time to ‘take stock’ of where we are and what we would like to achieve both in short- and long-term views. In the short-term, we started…