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 office@primarymusicspecialist.com.





Singing game with xylophones

Singing game with xylophones

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

SATURDAY 8th and SUNDAY 9th November 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 -


To BOOK A PLACE, phone me, Sally on 07963 431405 or email http://www.primarymusicspecialist.com.









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 @ office@primarymusicspecialist.com 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!

Kodaly and the National Curriculum

primarymusicspecialist.comWhen you are teaching Kodaly, the practical musicianship comes first, whatever the National Curriculum says.  When following the basic principles, your teaching will always start with experiencing the pulse, and songs with simple rhythm and pitch ingredients.  When the children have lots of experience of these songs and games, certain ones will be chosen as ‘teaching songs’ and will be used to teach specific rhythm and pitch elements.

The Kodaly concept follows a step-by-step logical and progressive sequence to teaching music. It begins with the use of the voice and is based almost entirely on practical musicianship skills.  About 80% of the Music National Curriculum requires practical musicianship skills. Brilliant!

The National Curriculum basically says:

Learn to sing!

Use voices!

Create and compose music on their own and with others

Use the ‘inter-related dimensions of music’ – pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and ‘appropriate’ musical notations.

Improvise music

Recall sounds with increasing aural memory

Use and understand staff and other musical notations

All this and so much more is all found, brilliantly put together, in the Kodaly concept of Music Education.  I highly recommend visiting the British Kodaly Academy website (BKA) and checking out their amazing courses and resources.

London Music Course – Jan ’14 Testimonials

TESTIMONIALS from the teachers who attended the 1- day music course in Hillingdon, LONDON on 31st Jan 2014:

Music Curriculum levels

Amazing! I am bursting with ideas to take back to school – So great to go on such a practical course – fantastic – I didn’t want to leave!  Sarah McManus – Ruislip Gardens Primary School

Very passionate and enthusiastic tutor!  This was really thorough and gave great ideas for practical and pacey activities – makes ‘pitch, texture, timbre’ etc more relevant and real (not boring!) – I am more confident to run music lessons and other teachers would benefit from knowing how to teach with these materials in class.  Would LOVE an inset in my school run by Sally to give teachers confidence and ideas!    Laura Altman, Fairway Primary School

Excellent practical session with clear, focused outcomes. Also LOADS of resources to take away and use – fantastic – thank you!        Mark Morris – the Priory Witham Academy

Trainer – fabulous!  So enthusiastic.  Incredible the total package she has createdThis course takes music back to basics and shows you how to teach the subject systematically from Year 1 to Year 6 – amazing! Very practical – activities that can be taken straight back into the classroom and can also be applied to other topics. A totally inspiring presenter – passionate about her subject and how to get children actively involved in music –  Liz Hay – Four Lanes Junior School, Basingstoke

primarymusicspecialist.comPractical, fun and lots of ideas and resources – the way the resources are scaffolded to build on/extend on the basic idea is really useful – Sally was very thorough and engaging – thank you!    Simon Bennett – St Stephens Primary School, Twickenham


We got lots of great ideas and materials – a great day, thank you!    Lois Mattson ACS International School, Hillingdon

Very practical and informative and lots of NEW IDEAS – creative and useful starter/action music activities for all levels – Claire Ward – Discovery Primary School, Thamesmead

Lots of practical activities that are easy to use in the classroom – thank you!  Helen Jones – Discovery Primary School, Thamesmead

I really enjoyed today. It was a productive and informative workshop with many games and strategies which will be useful in my Spanish classes.  Thank you so much – a great course!            Marjorie Mora, ACS International school, Hillingdon

3335292Excellent delivery – fun and informative – great use of resources – thank you very much…we learnt new repertoire, how to deliver music skills in a logical and progressive way, and learnt inclusive lessons for children of all abilities – fun!

Yvonne White, Victoria Special School/freelancer

A very inspiring day. I loved the solfa characters and the fact that you don’t need to write full notes for rhythms. I’ve learnt that you can really learn any song and develop it in a way that progresses from Reception to Year 6.  I love practical music teaching and I could really relate to what we learnt today – it’s also reaffirmed that I’m on the right track with my teaching. The practical element of the day has been invaluable – I’ve loved it – thanks Sally – totally inspiring!   Mrs Lucy Slater, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Primary School, Slough

Excellent course where I have learnt lots of new skills – fantastic day!  Emma Good, Stanton Bridge Primary School

If these testimonials have inspired you, why not attend the next 1-day music course at the HORSHAM TRAINING CENTRE on 28th March 2014?

Primary Music SpecialistPlease phone me on 07963 431405 if you would like to know more or book a place.  Look forward to seeing you there!