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Advice and reflections on body percussion, samba drumming and music education.
Body percussion is an incredibly useful and powerful tool for music teachers. Music lessons should start with a practical element, and body percussion is ideal for this as it requires no equipment or set up - budget friendly, and perfect for those days when you have a...read more
Teachers are always on the lookout for resources that fulfil multiple functions. Added to this, nowadays teachers are keener than ever for resources to be cost-effective: never has it been so necessary to make something out of not a lot. Body percussion fulfils both...read more
Music education consultant, Anna Gower, has written this guest post for Beat Goes On. She explores recent discussions about equality of opportunity in music teaching and the role of body percussion in opening up opportunities.read more
Ollie recently had the pleasure of delivering a keynote speech at the Latin American Heads Conference. They key theme of his presentation was the importance of creativity and music in our schools.read more
We were delighted to be at the Music & Drama Education Expo in London earlier this month. We met lots of inspiring music teachers but, in particular, we were excited to lead a workshop for music teachers. Thanks to everyone who attended. If you weren't able to...read more
What profile does music have in your school? Is it a core part of your school community or is music ‘just another subject’?
A high-profile music department can help to engage pupils and improve their confidence. So, how do you raise the profile of music to realise these benefits? We have assembled four top tips to help music be at the heart of your school’s ethos.read more
At Beat Goes On, we are often asked to use body percussion as a vehicle for cross-curricular teaching. It’s easy to see why – music can present familiar topics in a new and memorable way. This improves the chance that children will retain both the subject matter and the musical ideas.read more
Specialist music teachers have long known the value of body percussion. It’s music that you can make anywhere and with anything. This makes it an equally exciting tool for use by non-musicians in their lessons.We have pulled together four of our favourite ways for any teacher to make use of body percussion in their starter activities.read more
Unsurprisingly, we love percussion! If you can use it to make a beat, then we can lose hours finding all manner of riffs, rhythms and grooves. We wanted to give you a few ideas for making the most of percussion in your music lessons. Why not use these ideas in your next lesson and create a really exciting piece using nothing but instruments that you can hit, shake or scrape!read more
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