Teaching Resources

NEW! Doe mee met mr pBone (Dutch) / Join mr pBone (English)

mrpbonelogoMark Boonstra aka mr pBone has created a series of resources in Dutch including backing tracks and videos entitled “A musical adventure in 8 interactive music lessons”

pBuzz

These materials are aimed at 6-7 years old but are suitable for children from 5-8 years old. The four-session plan creates a beginning in brass knowledge along with a concert performance. The key learning objectives include left from right, pulse and pitch along with performance skills.
The scheme is largely informal in that no written material is used from the pupil’s perspective and most skills are delivered through a listening activity.
Below is a link to a 10 minute film explaining the plan alongside a film of the performance and reactions from parents, teachers and pupils.

How to Hold a pCircle (Presentation & Videos)

This presentation is a blow-by-blow guide to presenting the pBone circle plan. It includes video examples from a variety of practitioners work around the world, each making the concept into their own, using largely informal practice.

pBone mini

The pBone mini guides are designed to create a starter pack into the world of brass playing. Aimed at independent learners, probably a child supported by an adult, these guides blend informal and formal instrumental learning practice including early brass technique with key musical learning objectives and musical notation. Backing tracks and video are available to download in support of these guides. The guides are both in bass clef, concert and in Eb treble to fit with UK brass band learning patterns.

pBone

NEW! Doe mee met mr pBone (Dutch) / Join mr pBone (English)
mrpbonelogoMark Boonstra aka mr pBone has created a series of resources in Dutch including backing tracks and videos entitled “A musical adventure in 8 interactive music lessons”

  • pBone for educators [PDF] – this presentation provides a context for the use of pBone in an education setting, including the history of pBone development and a general view of education uses. [Deutsch]
  • pBone Circle Plan [PDF] – this plan was created for the NAMM Foundation pBone circles and is a basic introduction into both informal learning style and a first access to brass experience. The circle can be tuned to suit learners of all ages and is usable on pTrumpets and pBone minis but not pBuzz.
  • Just Play Trombone Treble Clef Brass [PDF] – this teaching resource has been designed for both small group and whole class teaching. It is divided into “steps” rather than weekly lessons as groups of children learn at different rates
  • 10 Week pBone Program [PDF] – using the style of the circle plan this plan maps how, through informal learning and the deep use of simple musical materials, music curriculum objectives could be delivered over 10, once a week sessions.
  • Year Program [PDF] – this document discusses the broader issues of how a program might develop using informal brass learning to deliver curriculum learning over an academic year via a broadly informal learning pathway.

pTrumpet

  • pTrumpet for Educators [PDF] – this presentation provides a context for the use of pTrumpet in an education setting, including the history of pTrumpet development and a general view of education uses. [Deutsch]
  • Just Play Treble Clef Brass [PDF] – this teaching resource has been designed for both small group and whole class teaching. It is divided into “steps” rather than weekly lessons as groups of children learn at different rates

General

  • BOLD AS Impact Report on pBone & pTrumpet [PDF] – BOLD AS was a Deal Festival education project using over 120 pBones and pTrumpets that takes place in various primary schools in the Deal, Kent, UK area. The report examines the impact of the project for Arts Council England.

Whole Class Teaching Resources

Just Play Treble Clef Brass [PDF] l Trombone Treble Clef [PDF] – this teaching resource has been designed for both small group and whole class teaching. It is divided into “steps” rather than weekly lessons as groups of children learn at different rates.

charltonKay Charlton – Welcome to Are You Ready?

Thirteen tunes in a variety of styles, with lyrics, actions and space for improvisation and copy-backs. Starting with simple 1-2 note tunes, and moving on to 4-5 note tunes, this book will aid creative music making and progression for whole class ensemble teaching.

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marvelsMatt Kingston & Steve Legge – Music Marvels

A great book for beginners! 50 fun-packed pages that will start you on your way to being a Music Marvel! Along the way you’ll compose your first tune, discover music from around the world, and play in a band with your friends.

There are plenty of online resources available to access online

You can also buy the fully interactive online version of this book

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