How to choose… what to play and when
Every school and teacher has their own requirements for music lessons, and we aim to support each one. Our teaching materials have been tried and tested in thousands of schools over many years and our methods have helped countless children to play a musical instrument fluently for the first time.
So whilst we cannot tell you exactly what to do in each lesson, we can offer everything you are likely to need to develop high-quality Ocarina playing with your classes.
If you start with this website, you will find plenty of video examples of what teachers have achieved with their children in their lessons.
~ These video ‘examples of good practice’ will show what is possible with classes of Infant and Junior children.
~ The videos of Playing Tips may be used directly with your classes for teaching purposes.
~ And if you watch the Teaching Video Ode to Joy you will see how a complex piece of music is broken in to managable chunks, in order to make it playable at an early stage.
Notice how the young teacher…
- Gives an overview of the whole piece
- Separates out each part for special attention
- Practises each part separately
- Puts each section together with the next
- Prepares the whole piece for a performance
This approach of isolating and integrating works well. Over 1,000 children taught themselves to play Ode to Joy from this video in advance of their Royal Albert Hall performance in 2013 and were note perfect, even though most had only been playing the Ocarina for around 6 weeks in total.
Most teachers use Ocarina Workshop books as the basis of their Ocarina lessons
Play your Ocarina Books are self-explanatory and children enjoy learning to play a broad repertoire of graded music through their pages. The accompanying audio CDs feature high quality, musical backings that encourage good musicianship.
With 22 tunes in each title, and 27 in Ocarina Carols, there is plenty of material to fill a term or a whole school year. Indeed, some teachers take children through Book 1 in the first year, Book 2 in their second and so on. And with Ocarina Carols and Ocarina Songs of Praise for special occasions, the repertoire is broad and varied. Play your Ocarina Book 1 is also available as a CD-Rom for whiteboard display.
Some teachers begin their lessons with 1-2-3 Ocarina instead of, or alongside, Play your Ocarina Book 1. The 1-2-3 Ocarina approach introduces both traditional music-reading and Ocarina-playing skills. It is supported by the comprehensive 1-2-3 Ocarina Teacher Book and two audio CDs. With 32 original songs, pupils have the chance to read, sing and play a new song every week throughout the year; and each song introduces a new note, musical idea or challenge.
Whether you use our Play your Ocarina and 1-2-3 Ocarina Books, the CD-Rom software, Videos or the ever-growing downloadable resources from the logged-in Educational Resources section of this site – or whether you keep everyone guessing by using all of the teaching methods, a different one each lesson – you’ll find that the simplicity, beauty and child-friendy nature of our Ocarinas and Teaching Methods maximise musical success for you as a teacher and for your children. And by regularly involving your children in playing the Ocarina, you will enjoy all-action music lessons in which children develop lifelong skills that build confidence and success across the whole of their school life.