About Mrs Schneider

I teach music at St Teresa’s and Poplar Primary in the London Borough of Merton. I am interested in using blogging to teach music. I love twitter, reading, radio 4 and I am a HUGE fan of The Archers

Chopsticks challenge!

Who can create the most interesting 4 bar rhythm using chopsticks? Use the metronme t help you

Metronome 60 Beats Per Minute 4 Beat Count BPM Click Track Basic 4 Count School Practice

Using the 60 beats per minute time to pick out one note per beat on the fretboard will help you learn all the note positions on the guitar neck quickly. Work…

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Drumming with chopsticks.

My friend gave me a pair of chopsticks and I made sounds from what was around me.

Chopsticks Challenge!

St Teresa’s year 5 students are creating rhythms using chopsticks

The story of the song “Freight Train”

Today as part of our work on Black History Month we are going to be learning to sing and play The song “Freight Train” by Elizabeth Cotton.

Her is the history behind the song http://www.openculture.com/2019/05/elizabeth-cotten-wrote-freight-train-at-11.html

Elizabeth Cotten – Freight Train

When Elizabeth Cotten and her brothers were playing music together each would have songs that they called their own, and Freight Train was one that she made up and sang as hers. It was one of the few she ever composed herself and was largely inspired by the train running near her home.

Have a listen to Zuzanna.

Zuzanna is one o our most talented musicians. She spends an hour everyday practicing the piano. She is preparing to take her grade 4 and 5 exams very soon.

Not only does Zuzanna play beautifully she also composes.She has written a wonderful piece in honour of her mother. Have a listen to Zuzanna play one of her grade 4 pieces.