It’s nearly Christmas, so it’s time to sing some carols and

enjoy celebrating this special time of the year.


‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ Pentatonix



‘It’s a Colourful Kiwi Christmas’



Ukulele Players, this one’s for you.



‘Jingle Bell Rock’ Body Percussion



‘Deck the Halls’ with Instruments.

Grab some spoons, chopsticks or anything you can tap, to play along.

Choose one rhythm line and have a go!

Once you’ve tried one, you can replay and try a different one.



This week is NZ Ukulele Week!


Here is a video of the NZ Ukulele Squad playing ‘Catching Feelings’ by Drax project.  Check it out and sing along if you know it.


And……..’Three Little Birds’


Kiwi Kidsongs

There are lots of great songs to learn in this collection.

Warm Pacific Greetings is here too.  If you have a favourite, let me know!  

Click on the link to check them out.




This is a great listening activity.


  1. Press play to listen to the piece of music. Listen once through before starting the music maps activity.
  2. Drag and drop the tiles, to reorder them in the order that they happen in the music.
  3. When you think you have the order correct, click “Check My Music Map” to find out.


When you click on the link below, scroll down till you get to ‘Music Maps.’


Hello again!   Here is another piece of Body Percussion to try out this week.

It has a great rhythm. I really like it.  Give it a go.




Minuet in G by BACH

This is a well known piece of Music by BACH and it’s fun to play along to. (I think you will recognise it when you hear it.) You can start with the top line, and if you’re really clever you can do both lines at once. It gets faster too!




Johann Sebastian Bach

One of my all-time favourite composers! 

Click on the link to find out more about Bach and try the Quiz.  See how many you can get right.

A person who plays the cello is called a cellist.
The cello is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths.
It is a member of the violin family of musical instruments.

Yo-Yo Ma is a famous Cellist.  Listen to this video of him playing Bach’s Cello Suite No.1

Yo-Yo Ma – Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude






Play the link and join in.


I See a Song

I see a song invites us on a magical musical journey.  

But can you really see a song?


Listen and Draw

Grab your pens, pencils and paintbrushes!

Some of our APO players will play you a piece of music while you draw.

How does the music make you feel and what does the music make you think of?



This is really fun!  Click on the link and have a go at drawing your own graphic notation.  

Try using dots, swirls, lines, long and short lengths, then push the play button to see how it sounds.

You can also change the instruments by changing the colours used at the bottom of the screen.

Have Fun!



Here is a musical note refresher. 

Watch the video, then test yourself at the end to see if you can remember them all.



This next activity is to help us learn to read the names

of the notes on a music staff.


A staff looks like this:

This staff has a Treble Clef. 

Notes sit on the lines and in the spaces. 


Here is a great video to help us learn the note names.

See if you can get some right at the end.


Every good boy deserves football! 

This is a good song to help us memorise the note names.


Have a go at drawing a 5 line stave and treble clef

and naming all the notes on the stave.

You could test yourself with someone else in your bubble.

If you have some chalk you could create your own composition on the pavement!



Just for fun, check out this video of a person playing 

Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld – Can Can so amazingly!



It’s Tuvalu Language Week this week.



This is a lovely welcome song for us to learn.



Musical Fruits!

Tap or clap along…….


Rhythm Challenge No. 2

This one gets faster! See if you can keep up and stay in time.


Guess the Sound.

How many can you get right?


Time to get creative!

Do you remember the Ocean Drum in the Music Room?

It really sounds like the ocean. 

Here are some instructions for how to make one with things that you may have at home. 

I would love to see and hear them when we’re back at school.




Sevens Body Percussion Game


Rhythm Challenge No.1

Time to grab a saucepan and a spoon or something to tap it with and play along.

Watch out for the rests.  It gets faster at the end!

Click the link and have a go.


The Can Can! 

This is a famous piece of music by a composer called ‘Offenbach.’

(I think you will recognise it.)

If you have a ball, you could play along in time with the music. If you have two or more, then you could try this with your family and pass the ball in the second section. 

(You can try this with any sort of ball. Basket ball, tennis ball, table tennis ball, small bouncy ball….)




Watch the video then have a go!


Time to relax and watch this next video about the Oboe.

Do you know what an oboe sounds like?

Buzz from Whoa Studios has a chat with Camille from the APO

about this cool instrument.

(If you are able to, there is a great activity sheet about the oboe which you can download.)



Jacques Offenbach

Offenbach is the composer who wrote the ‘Can Can’, but it’s proper name is

‘Orpheus in the Underworld.’

Click the link below to have a listen.


I think I would like this hand sanitiser in the Music Room!


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Kia ora koutou! It’s Māori Language week.

Have you heard Six60’s new song ‘Pepeha?’  I really like it. Check it out below. The video shows clips of them in the recording studio. The lyrics are included, so we can sing along.


Kei te pēhea koe? 

Here is a great song to help us practise asking our friends and family how they are.


Ngā Rā o te Wiki

Can you remember the days of the week in Māori?

This is another good song to help us memorise them.

Sing along and maybe test yourself at the end!


Taonga Pūoro

Māori Musical Instruments











                                     Nguru – Nose Flute                                                                                                                                   Koauau


                                     Pumoana – Shell Trumpet                                                                                                                                Putorino




Click on the link below to find out about Taonga Pūoro. 

When were they used and why? What materials were they made from?


Here are two recordings by Dr Hirini Melbourne.


These waiata use Taonga Pūoro to make the sounds of birds.

Listen right to the end to hear the sounds of NZ native birds.





Karanga Weka


I love the sound that the Kōauau makes. Listen to the video in the link below. 

How do you feel when you listen to the sound of the Kōauau?

How is it played?


What sounds can you make by blowing into different objects to copy the sounds made by the wind and birds?

Try whistling through cupped hands, blow across or into bamboo (4-6cm pieces), blades of grass,

glass bottles of different sizes, bones, shells, recorders, whistles.


How to make a Kōauau.



Malo e lelei.  It’s Tongan Language Week!


Juniors, here is a lovely Tongan welcome song for us to learn.

Click the link and join in. 

Seniors, this one’s for you.

Ukulele Group if you have a uke at home, join in with the chords you know.



Musical Memory

This is a fun memory game with 3 levels. Have a go!


How are you getting on with learning ‘Warm Pacific Greetings’ and ‘Cover Me In Sunshine’?

Keep practising and when we are singing together at school again, we will sound amazing!



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Click on the link below to listen to some interesting shows about his life, then take the quiz and see how many questions you get right.

You can also listen to some clips of his music. 

Make sure you listen to the second clip: ‘Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, maman.’ 

What songs do we sing to this piece of music?

Here’s the link:


Just for fun……..try your hand at conducting!

Stand back and make sure you line yourself up carefully to fit inside the box. This is Mozart’s ‘A Little Night Music.’



Musical Instrument Bingo

This is a fun musical version of BINGO.

You need to start with the ‘Beginning’ level first and listen carefully to each instrument as it’s played,

then you can work your way up to ‘Advanced.’

See if you can get them all right. Some of them are pretty tricky!


How are you getting on with the ‘Hands Challenge?’  Matua Paul has sent me a video of his family doing it, and they are awesome!

Did you all hear the big storm last night?  That was such a lot of rain!  Which made me think of ‘rain sticks.’

Have you seen the colourful rain sticks in the Music Room? They make a really cool sound and are super easy to make. If you have a cardboard roll from baking paper or foil, that would be perfect.  Click on the link below for some helpful instructions.


Did you know that September is ‘Bee Aware Month?’

A month to help us remember to celebrate bees.

A famous Russian composer called  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, wrote a piece of music called ‘The Flight of the Bumble Bee.’  Listen to the piece of music in the link below, and see if YOU think it sounds like a bumble bee. It’s pretty amazing!



Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Click on the link below to read about his life.

Below is a show called ‘The Bees and the Birds.’ 

Check it out, then have a go at the quiz.


Juniors, this is a cute song called ‘The Bees Party Song.’ I think you’ll like it!



This is the Hands Challenge! 

See if you can learn it and keep up.  Perhaps just try it a bit at a time.  You may like to have a family challenge in your bubble and see if everyone can keep up. (You could make a video and send it to me! I would love to see it.)

Click the link below to get started.


Kia ora,  Talofa lava,  Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Kia orana, Fakaalofa, Ia orana!

Hello everyone!  Hope you are all keeping safe and well in your bubbles.  There are lots of fun bits and pieces for you to try on this music page. Today I’ve added the link to our new song, ‘Warm Pacific Greetings’ and also ‘Cover Me in Sunshine.’  Click on the links and sing along!


Instruments of the Orchestra

Click on the link below, to find out about the different sections of the Orchestra. You can click on each section to hear how they sound. You can also turn the names off, so you can test yourself and see how many instruments and sections you can remember. Have fun!


George meets the Orchestra!    (Click the link below and check it out.)



Antonio Vivaldi

Check out that hair!!!

Click on the link below to listen to some interesting shows about his life, then take the quiz and see how many questions you get right.

You can also listen to some clips of his music.  Are there any that you recognise?


Here’s another great song from ‘Juice Box’ called ‘Thankful.’


Check it out……..


Beat, beat, keep the beat…….

Click on the link below and have a go at keeping the beat, while you say the rhyme.  Can you make up your own rhyme to fit in the gaps?


Next we have another video from the Auckland Philharmonia to watch. This one is about the Clarinet. Check it out……

​If you’re feeling creative, you might like to watch Ingrid from the APO. She will show you how to make your own harp using things that you probably have at home.

​Recorder Players this one is for you. This video shows you how to play ‘Baby Shark.’ It only has 4 notes. B, A, G and High C.
Have a go!

Check out the latest Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra video about the Violin.

Here are some ‘Percussion Play-a-longs.’ All you need is a couple of cups and something to use as drum-sticks.
Juniors, this first one is for you. The next one is a bit more of a challenge!

(Practice with the Tutorial Video first, then play along with the Performance video.)

Junior Tutorial Video
Junior Performance Video
Senior Tutorial Video
Senior Performance Video


Have you tried the water xylophone yet?
​If you haven’t, give it a go. It’s really fun!


Here are some drum beats for you to try. You could use an upside down bucket and some chopsticks, or anything else you have handy.

These get pretty tricky! See how many you can do…….

This is a video of some kids drumming to ‘Pompeii.’ The tutorial is on the right if you’d like to try it.

This is a great song to get you moving in the mornings.


Hello again! I hope you have enjoyed trying some of the activities on our Music page so far. I will keep adding things throughout the lockdown, so keep coming back to check what’s new and interesting!

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra have some interesting videos about the instruments of the orchestra.
​I have posted the first one below. It’s about the French Horn. Check it out.
It makes some amazing sounds and you may recognise some of the melodies he plays.

​Juniors, here are some simple rhythms for you to clap along to.


Body Percussion Fun

Here are two different Body Percussion Games. They start slowly and get faster. See if you can keep up.


DIY Musical Crafts

The link below has some great ideas for making your own musical instruments. Wacky Guitars, Can Drums, Rainbow Tambourines, Rain sticks and more. Check it out.

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Water Xylophones

If you’re feeling creative, have a go at making your own Water Xylophone. This is lots of fun. Experiment putting different amounts of water in each glass to make the notes that you want. You can add food colouring as well if you have it. There are some examples to watch below

If you try this, I’d love to see a video, or some photos!

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Here are a couple of videos for you to clap, tap or play along to, to practise some rhythms. If you have one, grab a drum, or you could make your own shaker, with something like rice and a small container. Then you could decorate it.
​Send me a photo if you can. I’d love to see what you’ve been creating!

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​This first rhythm has Ta, Ti-ti and Zaa​

This one has Ta, Ti-ti and Too-oo.

Recorder Players, you could have a go at learning Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’.

​There is a fantastic website called ‘Classics for Kids’ which is great to look at, if you’d like to find out about some more composers. The link is here……

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Just to make you smile!

Take care. See you soon.
Mrs Templeton x