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A meeting of minds

In setting up this page, I am hoping to leverage the combined experience and knowledge of music educators.  My primary aim is to gather information about Year 7 band programs, but there are really no limits to the possibilities for sharing knowledge and experience.

During the course of the first semester, I'm planning to blog my experiences with the program.  I'd love for people to feel free to comment on my posts and ask questions or offer alternatives.

IF YOU ARE NEW TO NINGS: this is basically a social network, much as facebook, but with a few different features.  If you are feeling daunted by the amount of info on the page, the best place to start would be in either the Forum section or the Blog section.

While my primary interest is in Year 7 classroom bands, there is no reason why discussion couldn't range widely and cover all aspects of p-12 music education.


For the brains trust

I know it's been a while since posting here and I'm hoping that this will still reach people.My 5 year old came home from school singing "Call Me Maybe".  My initial response is horror.  What do you all think?Continue

Started by Stuart Collidge Jun 15, 2012.

Year 7 Band program survey 9 Replies

Hi Folks, I'm interested in exploring some best practice for setting up and running Yr7 band programs.  A good starting point for reference might be to fill in a quick survey as below: Class-sizeBoys, girls or coedStaffing (classroom and…Continue

Tags: yr7, band

Started by Stuart Collidge. Last reply by Andrew Arney Feb 12, 2012.

iPhone/iPad apps for use in a concert band 4 Replies

I've been looking into the possibilities of the iPad as a rehearsal tool and wondering if anyone has seen/heard about or has experience with any apps that are particularly useful.  I am hoping to pick up an iPad within the next few months, so will…Continue

Started by Stuart Collidge. Last reply by Murray Bishop Aug 8, 2011.

Looking for school in Aus' to Partner with school in Bangkok!

I'm head of the music for the English Immersion Program at Bangkok Christian College.  I've just started up a beginner instrumental program in Year 7, or Mathayom 1 as it's known here.Starting up any beginner instrumental program anywhere is a…Continue

Started by MartyJ Aug 3, 2011.

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Classroom band update

Well, this site started out with the best of intentions and then stuff got in the way.  It's been a while since I've had the headspace to get back to this page and contribute, which is a great shame.  I still intend to continue this page as I feel that there is a need for this kind of discussion and sharing with music teachers.  Such a lonely job with a limited understanding of what really goes on in our programs, I mean how many times have you heard:

* yeah, but you only teach Music,…


Posted by Stuart Collidge on May 27, 2012 at 15:30

G1-3 and G7-8 Music Teacher wanted in Bangkok!!!

Just putting the feelers out for now.  My school, Bangkok Christian College will be looking for a native English speaking music teacher to teach G1-3 classroom music and G7 and 8 instrumental music.  Preferably looking for someone with Kodaly or Orff training and are a woodwind or high brass specialist.  The school is starting to pump money into music and you'll also be working with me.  I've designed the whole curriculum and I really needed someone qualified to help me in the instrumental…


Posted by MartyJ on September 21, 2011 at 21:57

Wanted - School in Aus' to set up a band exchange with school in Bangkok!

Sawatdee kahb.  I'm head of the music for the English Immersion Program at Bangkok Christian College.  I've just started up a beginner instrumental program in Year 7, or Mathayom 1 as it's known here.

Starting up any beginner instrumental program anywhere is a challenge and starting one up as a foreigner in a Thai school just makes it that…


Posted by MartyJ on August 3, 2011 at 22:52


I have now joined the ranks of iPad users. School has set me up with an ipad2 to test the feasibility of the device and the educational potential in a classroom setting. Aside from that, I can also see possibilities for use outside the classroom, but also as a professional tool.

I intend to blog my experiences in using the iPad, mostly for me to keep a record of what I've tried that's worked and what hasn't but also so that others might benefit from the knowledge.

One of the critical… Continue

Posted by Stuart Collidge on August 3, 2011 at 1:27


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