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’.