Music Training Weekend London May 2015

Studio shoot for the Interactive Music Club taken on 28/06/09Hello everyone!  I am so excited to announce that I will be running a Primary Music weekend on 16th and 17th May at Plumcroft Primary School in London.  I have never run a course where we don’t end up falling about laughing at our attempts to clap complex ostinatos with one hand while tapping a rhythm with the other… we play games all day and learn so many new and exciting primary musical activities in-                                                                       between drinking tea and getting to know each other…

We will cover every single practical music-making element of the Music National Curriculum and you will be challenged in your own music-making as well as finding heaps of  new ideas to teach your children. I have only ever known teachers come away overflowing with ideas for their music teaching that can last them for years…

This weekend will be great for your career and really fun for you personally!

Please click HERE for the course details.

Can’t wait to meet you!

Call me on 07963 431405 to find out more or to book a place,




ACTIVE MUSIC PICK ‘N’ MIX – 500 activities without the plans!

Studio shoot for the Interactive Music Club taken on 28/06/09Please see our new page about:


All the fun without the lesson plans!

This is our new resource that contains all the 500+ highly popular games and activities from Active Music Lesson  Plans but without the lesson plans!                                                                                                                                                       Since we have been selling Active Music Lesson Plans we have realised that by focusing on the lesson plans we may be taking the opportunity away from music teachers who want heaps of ideas but don’t want the actual lesson plans. Many music teachers like to write their own, adapted to their particular school, but need heaps of new ideas!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAACTIVE MUSIC PICK ‘N’ MIX is for all Primary Music Teachers who don’t need lesson plans but never want to be short of whole class music lesson ideas – EVER AGAIN!  It is important to note that that these are the currently successful and highly acclaimed current activities that are already an intrinsic part of the current Active Music Lesson Plans. They are not 500 new activities but are delivered in a new form for those                                                                  who like the Pick ‘n’ Mix idea.

ACTIVE MUSIC PICK ‘N’ MIX is like a sweet shop for music teachers – so much choice and all lovely! The games and activities all work brilliantly with whole classes and in small groups and show clear musical progression.

We provide you with over 500 Kodaly-based activities both in notated form on CDROMS and as DVD tracks. These activities come under the following titles:

Rhythm and Pulse:    Pitch:  Singing Games:   Instrumental Activities.

Although the above aspects are the TITLES of the series of activities (exactly as they are found in Active Music Lesson Plans), more often than not, within ALL THE ACTIVITIES the children are learning about pulse, rhythm and pitch, at a subconscious if not conscious level!

Studio shoot for the Interactive Music Club taken on 28/06/09ACTIVE MUSIC PICK ‘N’ MIX
IS AVAILABLE IN APRIL – and the price will be £149 for ALL THE 500+ ACTIVITIES!

ORDER IN ADVANCE!!!! Anyone who chooses to buy Active Music Pick ‘n’ Mix between now and the beginning of February 2015  can buy the whole set for £99 only!


If you want just Key Stage 1 or just Key Stage 2, the RRP will be £75 but the ADVANCE offers for these will be £65 only.

For all other information please visit our new ACTIVE MUSIC PICK ‘N’ MIX PAGE!






Studio shoot for the Interactive Music Club taken on 28/06/09No lesson plans, but ALL the 500 plus activities available as notations and on DVD with explanations and curriculum links.

WOW!  This will be available in April 2014.

This is a NEW RESOURCE for all music teachers who like writing their own plans and organising their own music schemes to fit in with their individual school, but who need heaps and heaps of new ideas!

This resource will still come in the format of Rhythm and Pulse, Pitch, Singing Games and Instrumental Activities for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 but will be more easily accessible to dip in and out of…

Imagine you are in a sweet shop and you can choose all the Pick ‘n’ Mix you like!   That’s the feeling Active Music Pick ‘n’ mix should bring to all music teachers.

The RRP will be £149 but all orders taken before March 2015 will be able to access this new amazing resource for just £99.  Wow!  It will then be sent to them in April 2015 so they can get started!

If you have any questions or may are interested in this up-coming resource, please contact me, Sally, on 07963 431405 or email me at





Singing game with xylophones

Singing game with xylophones

Come to LONDON this spring and have the most amazing PRIMARY MUSIC WEEKEND with me, Sally Wagter, author of Active Music…

A full Saturday and Sunday of musical learning and game-playing at Plumcroft Primary School,Plum Lane, Plumstead, London, SE18 3HW

  • Get fresh inspiration for your music teaching!
  • Join like-minded people
  • Saturate yourself with musical activities!
  • Become even more of a MUSIC SPECIALIST!

Together we will cover all these aspects of music learning with children:

  • Pulse games
  • Rhythm and how to teach it
  • Pitch and how to teach it
  • Rhythm games
  • Pitch games
  • Solfa
  • Musical notation – stick notation
  • Stave notation – the very basics
  • Using puppets in music lessons
  • How to teach instrumental playing
  • Playing tuned instruments while singing
  • Incorporating untuned instruments into games
  • Getting the xylophones out of the cupboard!
  • The pentatonic scale and its simplicity
  • Rounds, canons
  • The skill of internalising (thinking voice)
  • Composing with simple musical ingredients
  • Using ostinatos, texture, timbre, structure…
  • Conducting
  • Fun improvising games
  • 20+ things to do with one song/chant
  • how to deliver OUTSTANDING music lessons!
  • Assessment
  • The creative curriculum
  • TRADITIONAL SINGING GAMES: clapping games, skipping games, French skipping, ball games (all playground games)
  • The new 2014 Music National Curriculum

Tea, coffee and snacks will be available throughout the 2 days –

You will have access to email and telephone support following the course –

RESOURCES with be on sale throughout the 2 days and whole sets of ACTIVE MUSIC will be available to trial…

Studio shoot for the Interactive Music Club taken on 28/06/09This course is run by me, Sally Wagter (B/Ed.Hons) author of Active Music and Primary Music Specialist singing games books and DVDs.  I have an Early Years Kodaly Certificate,15 years experience as a music specialist in a variety of schools and have run MUSIC INSETS and training days throughout the UK for the last 12 years.

COST for the 2 whole days is ONLY £195 –

EARLY BIRD!   BOOK by March 13th and ONLY PAY £150…

To BOOK A PLACE, phone me, Sally on 07963 431405 or email



An amazing Active Music testimonial

cropped-publication10.jpgIt’s always great to receive testimonials and this one came from Yvonne White, a music specialist teacher who also works in Special Education. Yvonne attended a course before purchasing and using Active Music…
‘Regarding active music, there are so many things I like about it.
Firstly, I think this scheme is what music education is all about. The fact that you deliver training to support the scheme is really great  as it helps to make things more concrete. It encourages you to buy the resource, it brings it alive  and highlights how much more accessible all the material is. When reading the material, many things we covered at the training come flooding back, so you access the scheme quicker and with greater understanding, which is a great time saver, as you are already mentally tuned in.
The DVD’s are a great asset as these immediately show you how to put things into practice and are great for CPD. This is how I would like to use the resource with different staff that I work with. It will give them confidence and give them a reference point when I am not there to support them.  I have learnt new repertoire and new ideas that I will (and have already) put into practice.
There is a lot of information, but it has clear explanations and teaches you the key skills and shows clear steps of progression that make sense to the specialist and non specialist alike. This therefore gives confidence to more reluctant teachers.’
More testimonials to come… Don’t forget to trial Active Music for FREE, please contact Sally on 07963 431405…





Active Music has now been upgraded with new links to the 2014 National Curriculum.

Obviously your planning needs to be up to date with the new curriculum, but it’s all done for you! You will receive:

  • 8 NEW CD-ROMS containing the following changes:
  • 24 Pages to print out of all the aspects of the 2014 National Curriculum that Active Music covers –
  • New National Curriculum links at the bottom of EVERY lesson plan
  • 48 NEW STAVE NOTATION WORKSHEETS that have been cleverly woven into your Key Stage 2 lesson plans.

Simply email me @ and give me your name and school address and 8 upgraded Active Music CDROMS will arrive at your school at the beginning of September. We will invoice your bursar and you need not think any more about it!

Purchase before June 15th and you will receive a £10 discount. RRP = £39.99 but you

pay ONLY £29.99

So if you want to be all UP-TO-DATE and READY TO GO with your music teaching next term, please organise your up-grade as soon as possible and get the musical ball rolling!

So you can carry on singing and dancing to your heart’s content with your children and know that the underlying curriculum is being covered. Yay!

* You may be in line for a free upgrade – some schools who purchased from Nov ’13 are entitled to this, so if you are unsure, please contact me on 07963 431405 or via email.




‘Brilliantly useful’


‘It’s mindblowing how many games there are to use in the classroom’

Come along for:

  • Increased confidence in music teaching
  • Discussion about the NEW Music Curriculum in 2014
  • How to teach music skills progressively
  • 100 + of activities – songs, singing games and practical musical activities to teach immediately in the classroom
  • Tips on how to work towards outstanding music lessons
  • A refreshed love for music teaching

Receive a FREE singing games book and DVD of your choice – worth up to £34.99!

We have an ever-expanding repertoire of over 500 singing games and musical activities – but don’t worry, we don’t teach them to you all at once! We teach:

Singing game with xylophones

Singing game with xylophones

circle games,   name games

rhythm games,  pitch games

puppet games, instrumental games

Turn-taking games and many, many more! 

We then USE the games to teach musical skills such as notation and composition


‘Brilliantly useful – it’s mindblowing how many games there are to use in the classroom’ – ‘very engaging and practical’ – very enjoyable music course – great subject knowledge and pace – thank you’ – ‘excellent pack of resources and ideas’ – it has inreased my bank of songs, rhymes, games etc and improved my confidence’ – I like the many ways of using one song to develop musical skills’ – ‘I now have an overview of developing musical skills stage by stage’ – a practical approach to learning just as the children do’……

Course run by Sally Wagter, an experienced music specialist of 15 years, music trainer of 10 years and creator of 6 Primary Music Resource books and the Active Music Primary Music Teaching Scheme. Sally has a B/Ed (Hons) and a Professional Practice Certificate in the Kodaly Concept of Music Education accredited by Roehampton University.

Call Sally on 07963 431405 if you would like to attend or have any questions about the course,

For LASTING RESULTS IN YOUR CLASSROOM MUSIC, please join us on this fantastic one-day course.  Cost 125.00 per teacher.  FREE SINGING GAMES BOOK AND DVD. Call Sally on 07963 431405 or visit our contact page and send us an email.


Brighton& Hove Music & Arts Centre

There is free parking at the centre and it is 5 minutes walk from the nearest train station…


10 am until 4pm

How does a teacher teach music if they can’t sing in tune?

music notesThere are many solutions to a problem like this.  As said in the previous post,  a teacher who has not developed their own in-tune singing can probably speak – therefore they can chant – therefore they can access and teach rhythms.  Wow! That’s half of music teaching already – so there’s no reason to shy off!  If you really struggle to sing in front of your class, compensate by making your practical rhythm work the best you can – SO much can be accomplished with pulse and rhythm work alone.

One way for your children to access in-tune singing teaching if you feel you can’t, is for another teacher to teach your class the songs initially and for your musically able children to pick up on them and be the teachers under your direction for these activities. Also there is so much simple RECORDING EQUIPMENT around these days to use in the classroom so you can RECORD another teacher initially teaching you a song or another class singing the same song and this can be used as a prompt for your musically able children before they lead or for your children to sing along to until they know it.  Though it is IDEAL for the in-tune element of the lesson to come from you as the teacher, it doesn’t HAVE to – therefore, all this music teaching is possible, even for non-specialists.

Another option is for the ACTIVE MUSIC DVDs to be played on your interactive whiteboard for the children to sing along to – I know many schools who do this – in both lessons and assemblies. Once the children have had enough prompting in this way, they will be able to sing these songs and play these games independently – which is the idea!

Music is not rocket science!

Studio shoot for the Interactive Music Club taken on 28/06/09Music is not rocket science – you don’t need to be a specialist. It can be learnt in steps alongside the children –   I always say if you can speak, you can chant and if you can chant you can create rhythms, and then you are HALF-WAY THERE!

I once ran a course and there was a man there who came to me at the end and said ‘I have been teaching for 25 years and I never thought I could teach music – NOW I KNOW THAT I CAN’

Active Music is the ‘CAN-DO’ approach to classroom music teaching, enabling ALL NON-SPECIALISTS TO TEACH MUSIC.

2014 Music Curriculum – the ‘inter-related dimensions of music’ – EASY and FUN!

puppet gameIn the ‘aims’ and the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 content of the 2014 Music National Curriculum it talks about the ‘inter-related dimensions of music’.  This basically means the elements of practical musicianship.


  • PULSE: They seem to have missed off PULSE for some reason, which I consider the first building block – the child needs to be able to feel and express the PULSE in a piece of music as a foundation to their musical understanding. PULSE is like a regular heartbeat running steadily through the music.
  • PITCH: The next is PITCH which is the melody and the way the notes change from low to high and vice versa.
  • RHYTHM: For some reason they use the word ‘duration’ but they basically mean RHYTHM (which is a much more exciting word!) If you were singing a song, the rhythm would follow the pattern of the words. If you sing a song and clap the words, your clapping would be different to the PULSE. This analogy can be taken as a starting point and later applied to music with no words.
  • DYNAMICS: Loud and soft
  • TEMPO: Fast and slow
  • TIMBRE: The type of sound – whisper/hum/sing/talk (examples with the voice) or tinkly/hard/soft (examples with instruments
  • TEXTURE: Layers of sound
  • STRUCTURE: The way the music is laid out –e.g. 4 notes in a bar, 4 bars in a phrase etc (a bit like how words, sentences and paragraphs are put together in writing)
  • APPROPRIATE MUSICAL NOTATIONS:  I’m not sure what they mean by ‘appropriate’ but I would imagine anything that you can use to read music from, whether they be made up symbols to be read in a particular order, stick notation, solfa symbols or traditional stave notation…

In fact, the only element of musical skills that has changed from the previous National Curriculum that I can see, is the addition of ‘stave notation’ in the Key Stage 2 requirements. For most children in a primary classroom, this would be the beginning stages of reading music and nothing to be too daunted by.

So that’s the ‘inter-related dimensions of music explained – no different from musical skills found anywhere!!!  National Curriculum guidelines may change but musical skills do not!