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Year 8 music lesson

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Tgger Thu 17-Jan-13 20:11:42

I have an interview for a teacher-training job for Secondary Music. I have to teach a Y8 class as part of the interview process. Can any MN with Y8 or similar children give me some hints about what songs/music they are into. Of course this might be different from the curriculum per se but it will give me ideas. Is Les Mis appropriate/inappropriate for Y8, would they be open to singing something like "Empty Chairs at empty tables"? Many thanks!

MordionAgenos Thu 17-Jan-13 21:32:51

My Y8 DS is happy to sing do you hear the people sing - he always joins in when my girls are singing that one. He wouldn't be happy singing empty chairs at empty tables - he mocks that one, a bit. Do you hear the people sing would also be easier to explain than empty chairs...for kids who haven't seen the show or the film, I suspect.

Tgger Thu 17-Jan-13 22:00:26

Thanks! Very helpful.

thehat Thu 17-Jan-13 22:54:15

Music teacher here. Les Mis sounds ok.

Whatever song you choose, make sure it is teaching the class something - so not just learning a song, but a very clear learning objective.

gobbin Thu 17-Jan-13 23:13:56

Watch the pitch range, start on the right note for theirvoices as it goes quite low. Some bits are quite chromatic and can be a challenge to get right in a short space of time if you're keen on accuracy.

Tgger Fri 18-Jan-13 10:07:57

Thanks again. May not go with Les Mis, am still mulling. I do love that song though, am trying to find one with easyisg chords so the lesson is about that, going on to play themselves...easy chord progression/ start to compose their own song.

gobbin Fri 18-Jan-13 13:52:12

Ah, 4 chord trick! We use I'll Be Missing You.

There's also a v gd Axis of Awesome vid on youtube where they sing loads of bits of songs over the same 4 chords. If you use it, fade it out as they use the motherf****r word right before the end!

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