Are you an educator wanting to introduce fun pop tunes into the classroom?
If you are, our education expert, Grant Golding, has the answer. In this third episode of Grant's BUZZ21! series, Grant introduces us to three catchy tunes that are a hit with the kiddos: Ghostbusters, Skin by Rag and Bone Man, and Shotgun by George Ezra. They're not just simple to pick up, but they're also buckets of fun. So, brace yourself for a festival atmosphere in the classroom as we break down why these tunes are pure gold for teaching.
Ghostbusters: more than just a Halloween hit!
When you think of Ghostbusters, you probably imagine spooky apparitions and that iconic theme tune. But did you know it's a brilliant teaching tool for young brass enthusiasts? This track, which Grant advises to be flattened by two semitones using the AudioStretch app, is excellent for tuning and rhythm practice. Using a track like this, especially around the spook-tacular Halloween season, can make music lessons both educational and hauntingly fun.
Additionally, Grant gives us some pro-tips to spice things up. Adding a few 'I'm Afraid of No Ghost' lines or even some eerie screams can add drama, keeping students engaged and entertained. The best part? Students can contribute their ideas, making it an interactive learning experience.
Skin by Rag and Bone Man: introducing basslines!
With just three notes – A, Bb, and C, Skin offers a simple yet impactful musical journey. It teaches students the value of basslines and encourages them to listen to harmonies. And let's not forget the fun bit – they can sing along and even add some dance moves for dramatic flair! As Grant points out, this song, when played loudly on school speakers with 30 kids on the pBuzz, can be downright electrifying!
Shotgun by George Ezra: pBuzz Heaven!
While some might say Shotgun by George Ezra has been played to death on the radio, Grant begs to differ. He believes it still holds a special place in many young hearts. And why not? It's familiar, catchy, and, when combined with pBuzz, turns into a delightful musical experience. Students can sing along, and there's plenty of room for improvisation, allowing budding musicians to explore and express themselves.
Grant has used this song to uplift spirits, starting the school day on a high. It's more than just a tune; it's a musical experience that can bring smiles to faces and set a positive tone for the day.
Check out episode three of BUZZ21! here:
Grant's selection of these three tunes is not just about having fun (though there's plenty of that!). It's about teaching students the fundamentals of music, enhancing their listening skills, and introducing them to the joys of ensemble playing. The slight tweaks of key required for Ghostbusters aside, these songs are easy to pick up and promise a great time. So, next time you're thinking of a song to introduce in class or even at a small gathering, you know where to look!
Until the next episode of BUZZ21!, keep those tunes coming and the buzz buzzing!
Still hungry for pBuzz educational resources? The pBuzz Primary page is packed with prezi, planners, schemes of work, backing tracks and more (and, just like BUZZ21!, it's totally free to use!)
Did you know that tens of thousands of pBuzzes were made and played in Wales so that every Y3 child got the chance to play a primary instrument? Well, now you do! Read our Wales Case Study to find out more.
Adam is the Content Manager at pBone Music. This should mean that he’s the ideal person to write about himself, but he finds boasting in the third person a little awkward. He honed his word wizardry with a degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. He has since written copy for clients and businesses across the land, from awards to something beginning with “z”. He also spent a number of years as a musician. He has written pop songs and even jingles for kids, performed more first dances at weddings than you could shake a pBuzz at, and once played a gig for a pie company at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester. When he’s not reminiscing about those good old days, you might find Adam enjoying the football (although as an Everton fan, that can be difficult). He also loves spending time with his partner, Jen, and his family and friends, and sincerely hopes they feel the same way.