The impact of Active Music on Rotherham Music Hub

Having trained staff and school music teachers at Rotherham Music Hub last October, I was delighted to receive this brilliant testimonial from Deborah Findley.

‘I have been delighted by the impact that the Active Music scheme is having in our primary schools in Rotherham..  I was looking for something that would give non-specialist teachers the confidence to teach music on a regular basis and these DVDs fit the bill perfectly! The lesson plans are clear and simple whilst still covering all aspects of National Curriculum Music and the videos enable teachers and children to learn the songs and games. Children learn vital skills and all learning really is ‘Active’.  The response from the teachers who have used Active Music has been so positive that I would be happy for this scheme to be rolled out to all of our schools’

Deborah Findley – Head of Service at Rotherham Schools’ Music Service

Studio shoot for the Interactive Music Club taken on 28/06/09To find out more about Active Music, click HERE

For Active Music Free Trials, click HERE

To purchase Active Music, click HERE

For details of our LONDON COURSE, click HERE

Please contact Sally Wagter B/Ed (Hons) on 07963 431405


We look forward to hearing from you!


Tony Chestnut! You have to see this game…and many more!

Tony Chestnut is an accumulative action game using the notes Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So an La. The children sit on the floor, legs in front of them with knees slighly bent up. Actions are as follows….

1: Sing all through

2: Omit ‘toe’. Hum instead of singing ‘toe’ but still do all the actions.

3: Omit ‘toe’ and ‘knee’ etc.  This can be taken as far as required.

This singing game is also well-suited to instruments. The children can take a different instrument for each body part and play accordingly!  You should try it – it’s very funny!! You can find it in Active Music Instrumental activities for KS 2.

I HAVE OVER 500 MORE VIDEO CLIPS LIKE THIS. Some include one game played in 10 different ways. There are so many singing games and so many ways to use each one!

WOULD YOU LIKE THEM? I can send them all to you, with over 160 lesson plans

Click HERE for details of our ACTIVE MUSIC FREE TRIALS…

…and don’t forget our PRIMARY MUSIC TRAINING WEEKEND in LONDON where we cover every music-making element of the Music National Curriculum! Click HERE for details of the LONDON COURSE in MAY 2015

I look forward to seeing you there!

Give me a ring on 07963 431405 to discuss free trials or courses,

Sally Wagter B/Ed (Hons)

Primary Music Specialist



Trial Active Music for free! Over 500 DVDs tracks and over 150 lesson plans!

Hello all you lovely music teachers out there!  Welcome to Active Music!

Our massive aim is to provide you with musical games and activities for Primary children until they are coming out of your ears!!

We have researched and gathered HUNDREDS of primary music activities and have placed them all neatly together into lesson plans – for your convenience – in a series of DVDs and CDROMS together with over 150  progressive lesson plans for Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

This package can seriously help you with your music teaching!


We send you the full set of Active Music and pay the postage.  You have 2 full weeks to look into it, examine it, teach from it and share it with your staff.  If after 2 weeks, you decide you’d like to keep it, please do and enjoy years of easy and exciting music teaching!  We will then invoice your school direct and you need not worry!

If, however, you decide it’s not for you, all we ask is that you package it up carefully and pay the postage to return it (full set = £3, half set = £2)


Yes you can!  Just make it clear which Key Stage you would like when you ask for your free trial!


A full set of Active Music costs £280 but currently we are offering Active Music at a special price of £220, following free trials.  A Key Stage 1 set costs £120 and a Key Stage 2 set costs £140.  

I look forward to talking to you!

Call Sally on 07963 431405 or email me at


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