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“Games, Ideas and Activities For Primary Music” by Donna Minto

Available from Amazon or from Pearson Longman.

Games, Ideas and Activities For Primary Music is a handy tool full of simple activities and instructions to help you feel more confident teaching music. Prior musical knowledge is not necessary to use these activities to enhance creativity in your classroom. This resource will provide a strong base of accessible ideas to help bring music lessons to life.

  • Activities organised by skill: singing, rhythm, playing, listening
  • Contains a music glossary to help de-mystify musical terminology
  • “Useful resources” section
  • Cross-curricular links to inspire creativity across the primary curriculum
  • Activities can be easily adapted to suit different classes or topics
  • Contains a section of advanced activities, for more adventurous teachers
  • Accompanying website where you can view and download all the music featured in the book: http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/minto

Instant ideas to brighten up your classroom!

Designed with busy teachers in mind, the Classroom Gems series draws together an extensive selection of practical, tried and tested, off the shelf ideas, games and activities, guaranteed to transform any lesson or classroom in an instant.

Easy navigable, allowing you to choose the right activity quickly and easily, these invaluable resources are guaranteed to save you time and are a must—have tool to plan, prepare and deliver first-rate lessons.

Check out the Pearson Longman catalogue for further information about other titles in the Classroom Gems series.


  • This book is worth every penny!! Great buy. I am always looking for new modern ideas for my music classes. This book is fantastic and has been a lifesaver when doing my lesson plans !! Really modern ideas and easy instructions to understand. You don't need to be a music genius to use in the classroom. Love it ! Great buy.

    N. N.
  • Great book thoroughly recommended! Lots of great ideas. Points you in the direction of lots of great songs and resources and spells out how to teach different areas of music. Fantastic.

    G. G.
  • This book is full of excellent music lessons which are packaged in a fun way. It should also kick start your own new ideas if you're struggling to keep your approach fresh.

    Dr S. Dr S.
  • A Must Buy! Great resource with lots of ideas & fantastic games.

    D. D.
  • When this arrived on my doorstep I was a little daunted - I hadn't noticed it's almost 300 pages! But it's very easy to both skim through, and dip in and out of. It had a good balance of ks1 and 2 activities, and it's clearly set out into the four areas of music - singing, rhythm, listening and playing. There's lots there to adapt for my class (reception special needs) but it would have been a boon to have when I was teaching in mainstream. A welcome resource.

    J.D. J.D.
  • As a new teacher with very little musical knowledge or experience, this book has proved very useful. It has lots of fun ideas for music lessons which my class really enjoyed. It is well written and the musical terminology is clearly explained. Highly recommended.

    J.C. J.C.
  • Very useful little book. I've been doing Kodaly-based music lessons in primary schools for a couple of years following an excellent course I attended, but I'd begun to get bored with using the same resources AND so had my pupils (especially in the Upper Junior years.) This book is great if you've got an idea of concepts you want to work on but are running stale on interesting ways to present them. A real pick n' mix treat. Even better when you go to the linked website (see p8 of Introduction section) which has all the resource sheets referred to in the book for you to download/copy as a free teaching resource...it is fab! No more tearing my hair out over what to put in lesson plans, in fact, the problem now is avoiding putting too much in!!!

    W.A. W.A.

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