My heart is full of music

The new school year is starting here in the UK and I’m looking forward to seeing all my students again after a long summer break. It has been a lovely summer and I have spent a lot of it playing the piano and making music theory games. The new ABRSM syllabus came out in July…

Honey Bee: note naming game for music teachers

I am excited to let you know about my new music game for teachers available in Tim Topham’s new Marketplace! This customisable game downloads to your computer so you can play it with your students in lessons (both online or in person!). Drag the music notes up or down the stave into any position you…

Piranha Peril: naming treble clef notes

Are you looking for music games to help practice note naming? Your submarine glides gracefully through the murky waters of the river – BUT lurking nearby … is a giant piranha fish! Keep your ship away from him to score points and top the game leaderboard. The game is split into six levels and helps…

What is on your list?

Rest, nature, books, music … such is my idea of happiness Leo Tolstoy Isn’t this a lovely quote? I think all of those would be on the list of things that make me happy! Music is definitely at the top. What is on your list?

Helping music students become better readers

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail Benjamin Franklin Don’t you find that your students are more successful at learning the music if they have looked at the score first before setting off? If left to their own devices, some will jump straight in and be quite surprised when they’ve reached the end…

Happy Piano Day!

It’s like a whole orchestra, the piano for me Dave Brubeck Wishing everyone a happy piano day! This happens on the 88th day of the year because of the number of keys on a piano. Have you played the piano today and if so, what did you play?

Teaching music online with Pharaoh Fred!

If you are a music teacher like me, due to recent world events you might have found yourself researching the possibilities for teaching online (or perhaps you already are). But have you thought about how you might make it fun and engaging? I have created a selection of online flashcard games which can work well…

The love of new music

So much music so little time Don’t you just love getting new music? Some people like to buy new shoes or a shiny new car but for me it has to be music! I love exploring books or discovering new composers. Each book or piece is like an exciting new story to delve into. It’s…

Students love musical mysteries!

One thing I have noticed about my own music students is that they love a good mystery! Almost one of the first theory games I made was ‘Who Stole My Doughnut?’ and I have found it to be a great way to learn theory without students even realising – they are having so much fun…

Improve note reading with Fruit Ninja!

Are you looking for fun resources or games to make note reading fun? If you are like me, you might have lots of music students at different levels. Some have learnt only a few notes in their method book, whereas others have covered the whole of the stave. Wouldn’t it be great if you could…

World Book Day

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go Dr. Seuss It’s World Book Day and I’ve already had lots of my younger students tell me excitedly what their costumes will be at school today. I’m looking forward to seeing who turns up…

Who ate my cake?: an interactive mystery for beginner musicians!

Make music lessons fun with this new interactive musical mystery for beginners! Learn the music, search for clues and work out who ate the cake. At around 2 p.m on Thursday Mrs Sponge, the cook of Cherrywood Castle, told King Bomblebeard she had made his favourite cake and left it in the kitchen. The King…