Spreading a musical virus

Karen Marshall, co-author of the Get Set! Piano series and How to Teach Instrumental and Singing Lessons – 100 Inspiring Ideas, shares her advice for encouraging children to teach themselves daily through musical games in the playground. 

Spreading a musical virus

Every Wednesday I work at a Primary school – teaching reception right through to Year 6 across one day.  From ‘Big Sing’ assemblies, Kodàly lessons to whole class ensemble teaching, the day is hugely varied.  The children at this school are lucky to have a music specialist teaching them but I’m aware that they don’t get daily music lessons.  Because of this I have developed something to enable the children to ‘teach themselves’ daily through playground music games.  I call this our school ‘musical virus’.