DabbledooMusic Blog

Music education for primary schools

The DabbledooMusic Show: Episode 30 - Winter Music

This month we explore songs of winter. It can be tricky enough to find tunes that aren't about Christmas so we've dug deep to explore festivals such as Diwali, Shab-e Yalda and the Winter Solstice. Winter is also a great time of year for coming indoors from the cold and playing a few tunes...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 29: The Pentatonic Scale

Is there a universal scale across nearly all of the world's music cultures? Well, the pentatonic scale is pretty close to it! Check out this show to hear us explain how it works and listen to a bunch of examples from all over the world! We'll have the Dabbledoo Office Organ (DOO, as in Dabble)...

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Can Arts Education Help Fight Climate Change?

The recently released IPCC report on climate change and the forthcoming COP26 summit are both stark reminders of what we’ve already known for years about humanity’s role in bringing about global warming. When I listen to the commentary from the experts, it strikes the same feeling in me as...

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The DabbledooMusic Show: Episode 28 - Call and Response

This is the first of a series of shows that will focus on a particular musical concept. We explore call and response. It's a powerful way to get people involved in music-making and features heavily in human rituals and emotionally charged events, whether it's sport, protest, religious...

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The DabbledooMusic Show: Episode 27 - The Drumkit

Following on from last month's show on the bass guitar, we're taking a look at the other half of the rhythm section: the drumkit. Going from being a bunch of individual instruments played by separate musicians within marching bands, it transformed into the collection of drums and cymbals we...

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The Name Song

This is a perfect musical activity for the first day back at school and great for the younger classes. As well as helping the children learn each others' names, this activity will help them experience the pulse, tempo and rhythm in a piece of music. Follow the video below and access our free...

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10 Years of DabbledooMusic!

This year we are celebrating 10 years of DabbledooMusic! In 2011 myself and DabbledooMusic co-founder Killian Redmond, launched the first version of our online resources, self published a children’s workbook and started working with teachers to develop our full curriculum content for primary...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 26: Bass Guitar

This month's theme is the bass guitar - laying down a solid rhythm alongside the drums and bridging the gap from the rhythm section to the melody instruments. Few are the bands who did not have a dedicated player on the low-end, and many are those who put it to the front for great effect. Think...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 25: Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is a living legend whose influence on the development of modern music is only balanced by his hefty contribution to pop music with a plethora of hit songs. A strong social conscious, talent by the bucketload and a willingness to explore sonic boundaries - this and more is explored...

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New from DabbledooMusic in 2021/22

At DabbledooMusic we are putting the final touches on our planning content and lessons for the new school year. After a difficult 18 months for schools, teachers, children and parents, we are looking forward to the gradual return to normality in schools. Like everyone in the education...

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