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So What - Miles Davis
It calmed them down a bit; they didn't like it much.
I started doing it to impress the people observing me during PGCE. I passed.
Various Aphex Twin (Including Ventolin, Blue Calx, Flim)
Got them to "free draw" to express feeling as a reaction to different types of music.
Always a great lesson...and goes down much better than Saint Saen Carnival of the Animals or Holst Planets.
Playing Ventolin to a 5 year old is brilliant.
a compulsory part of the curriculum for the whole country.
I'm a year 3 teacher.
They are brainwashed on 1 Direction and other pap shite.
I've done a similar lesson with Boards of Canada but it doesn't get the same reaction... :-(
want to try 'Loud City Song' by Julia Holter.
It's as accessible as it is experimental (to varying degrees and that); and always sparks images and narratives in my head when I listen through it.
it's experimental in a playful way that makes it quite accessible in a way; a way that I definitely think could resonate with kids
but this reminded me of an exchange during a history lesson in my final year of sixth-form during one of the times the teacher put music on
(Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight)
ME: (mimes the drum bit with evident effort)
TEACHER: (brief pause, as she glares at me followed by...) Never do that again.
*** THE FRENCH REVOLUTION ***
STUDENT: ... the wealth gap
TEACHER: Correct. So as we can see: there were a lot of shady things going down that all colluded to cause the French Revolution. All it took was to reach that point where they could feel it coming in the air tonight.
(TEACHER presses a remote)
STEREO: I can feel it coomin' in the air toni-ight...
*** WORLD WAR II ***
TEACHER: Now they had gas masks to protect them from nasty gas that the Germans wanted to kill them with.
STUDENT: But how can gas kill you? Gas is good. We use it for cooking and cars.
OTHER STUDENT: Is this from before we made friends with gas, miss?
TEACHER: No. Certain gas is nasty and poisonous. The Germans would have released those bad gases into England --
STUDENT: Via the Channel Tunnel, I shouldn't bet
TEACHER: -- and the last thought the citizens would have had would have been...
TEACHER: And after oh lord... they'd have said I think I'm about to die.
STUDENT: (on tenterhooks, with a face like a mystified scorpion) And then what?
TEACHER: (dramatic pause) They would die.
*** MEANWHILE IN CHINA ***
CHINESE TEACHER: What do you think?
CHINESE STUDENT: I think ultimately the poetry highlights the alienation felt by the soldiers; putting their lives on the line for a conflict involving primarily the political powers and their own questionable interests.
CHINESE TEACHER: Yes, exactly. And what better way to highlight this...
(presses Chinese remote)
STEREO: Jeux san frontiere, jeux san frontiere...
MICHAEL GOVE IN DISGUISE AS A CHINESE STUDENT (A DISGUISE POSSIBLY HIGHLIGHTING SOME DEGREE OF HIS FAILURE TO PROPERLY COMMIT TO CULTURAL RESEARCH INVOLVING AS IT DOES A BORIS BASEBALL CAP): Damn, in China they play Peter Gabriel instead of Phil Collins. Peter Gabriel was the much more clever Genesis alumnus... I'll have to think of something if we're ever going to beat China in the economic race.
CHINESE STUDENT: (passes a note to MICHAEL GOVE IN DISGUISE)
MICHAEL GOVE IN DISGUISE: (turning to the student and then whispering) You tell her that that's a damn lie. She was only trying to make it look like she was going out with me to make her ex jealous, and anyway he's going out with a girl in the year above. And apparently they've Frenched and everything so it's not like she's going to bother trying again.
Band: Sunn O)))
Song: Live at Volksbuhne, Berlin 2006 (from youtube)
Subject: Physics (S3, so 13-14 year olds)
Reason: Learning about the decibel scale, dangerous sound levels, noise pollution
Results: "This isn't even music"; "You actually went to -see- this band?" "I prefer Mika, he can sing"
Conclusion: kids these days (rolls eyes)
Evaluation: Repeat experiment with next class. It's fun.
I'm currently on my final PGCE placement and have started a Yr 2 drama club on Friday lunchtimes. Did an activity on emotion statues using Burial's In McDonalds... It worked brilliantly. Had some great comments from the kids "It makes me happy and sad at the same time"... "It sounds like those big round music thingies.... the black ones"... "It, like, it sounds like after you die."
I also play things like Nils Frahm, Explosions, Lunz while we do the register/they're working.
Definitely going to do more music things though. The looks and comments are great.
Jackie Wilson - Your Love (Keeps Lifti...)/ Reet Petite
One other perfect suggestion to go with those two.
P.S. Loving my drama club. So much fun.
It is interesting to play different types of music and seeing her reaction. She really likes Nirvana, she headbangs to it. She also likes to pick a record off the shelf at random for me to put on. This morning she chose Songs About Fucking by Big Black :o/ .
Stuff like Aphex Twin would go down pretty well I reckon, a short attention span wouldn't really suit something like Godspeed.
I have no idea how many minds/ears I've warped over the years with my ipod jacked into the interactive whiteboard speakers.
At the moment I'm mostly just using calm stuff with revision classes. Stuff for them to work to which drowns out the coughing and the scratch of pen on paper, but does not intrude too much:
Age range: GCSE - 15/16 year olds
Tunes: Mogwai - rave tapes/soundtrack to Les Revenants
Stars of the Lid
Results: Very positive. Bit of light moaning and then concentration for an hour
Conclusion: this was an ace idea
Evaluation: see above
one of the teachers started playing classical music as the pupils were walking through the door. Trying to inspire them and culture them. Bless him, they just looked confused.
Trying to be on their level and playing some trendy grime artist would just be cringey, you need somewhere inbetween really.
for my Year 6s. During Art and stuff. They always complain initially then start nodding along to Hot Chip.
On my KS1 placement, I got a class of 28 five year olds to learn the words - and an accompanying dance - to Justice's D.A.N.C.E. The curriculum says something about beat/rhythm in music at that stage so I could actually pass it off as a real lesson. That was two hours of my life, amazing.
I also wrote an (amazing!) class assembly for my Year 6s recently about how we have diverse talents - ie don't worry if you don't do well in the SATS tests for English and Maths, you're probably really good at football/dance/singing/science/cooking/etc instead. It was basically a very literal interpretation of this classic cartoon - http://www.nathanlittleton.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/climb_tree.png
Anyway, it ended with a whole class dance to the Metric song "Everybody has a talent", written for Yo Gabba Gabba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePsIrYH6My4
Being a teacher is BRILLIANT
one of our older and cooler Year 7s was wearing an Arctic Monkeys t shirt on non-uniform day. "Cool shirt!" I said. She rolled her eyes, thinking I was some old fuddy-duddy, so I stopped her and absolutely took her to town. I was down at the front for their gigs while you were still shitting yourself, sweetheart.