Donna Minto

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United Kingdom - Aberdeen City - Aberdeen
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I'm a complete beginner with TpT (apart from the free upload) so please forgive any "newbie" errors! Children love learning about Ancient Egypt! From the mysteries of the pyramids, the grossness of mummification and Tutankhamun’s curse what’s not
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Children just love learning about dinosaurs! These are ten fun and informative songs I’ve written for the budding palaeontologist. They include, of course, such familiar names as Tyrannosaurs Rex and Stegosaurus but also some lesser known
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Just arrived on TpT! This is my mini-musical on “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” which is based on the traditional story. It contains six songs and a narration. The musical may be performed as a class presentation, or as part of an end of term
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This collection of my Christmas songs covers all the age ranges in the primary school. A number of the songs such as “Playing for Christmas Day” and “When it’s Christmas” are suitable for the very youngest and would make ideal concert items. “What’s
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There are so many animals to choose from it was very difficult to know which ones to leave out of this collection! Younger children will relate to “Animal Families” where the possibilities are endless – you can choose easy or difficult baby animals
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There are lots of pantomime possibilities in my “Cinderella” mini-musical. For those who so desire there is a detailed narration/script which can be adapted as required. Cinderella is quite a groover in this version of the fairytale and ideally the
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“How is it that for most people music is a powerful part of their personal life and yet when we go to work or school we turn it off? The intentional use of music in the classroom will set the scene and learning atmosphere to enhance our teaching and
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The songs in my “People Who Help Us” song pack cover a range of people who children will meet from time to time as they go about their daily lives. The songs encourage the children to think a little more deeply about each specific job and perhaps
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A great deal of interesting technical information is presented entertainingly - I hope! -in the songs “Mars”, “Astronauts”, “Countdown” and “Three Little Astronauts”. The ever fascinating aliens join in the fun in “Ollie From Outer Space”, “The
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With so many toys to choose from this song pack can only mention some of the most popular and one or two more unusual ones. Balls, cars, dolls and teddy bears are all given a song each. Making your own toy is covered in “sock puppets”. A blast from
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“Hootin’ Rootin’ Tutankhamun” is from a set of ten songs I’ve written on Ancient Egypt. It’s a simple song which is intended to convey a few basic facts about the young pharaoh in a lively and memorable way. This song is written in the style of a
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“Somebody” is from my “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” mini-musical, which available on TpT. It contains six songs and a narration. The complete musical may be performed as a class presentation, or as part of an end of term show. I’ve just
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A song for Mother's Day! I wrote this song some time ago for a school assembly on the theme of Mother's Day. I hope you and your pupils (and their Mums!) enjoy it! It does present a Christian perspective in the lyrics. I’ve just recently joined TpT
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This is a simple songs about electricity and how it helps us in our daily lives. I hope you and your pupils enjoy it! The zip file contains: 1. Teacher's notes and lyrics 2. An mp3 file containing the vocal 3. An mp3 file with the piano backing -
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“All Kinds Of Energy” is one of ten songs I’ve written on the theme of energy and the environment. Music can be used so effectively in the teaching of topics and themes. Children love to sing! If you and your pupils enjoy the song you may like to
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I've written this song to teach my pupils some of the basics of dental hygiene! I hope you and your own pupils enjoy it! The zip file contains: 1. A PDF of the music for the song 2. An mp3 vocal backing track 3. A piano backing track (no vocal) 4.
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Hi! When I couldn’t find songs to support a school project on the Vikings I wrote my own which I’m now putting up on TPT. I hope you like them! “Sailors, Adventurers and Warriors” is freely available on TPT as a sample of my songs. It gives a brief
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I hope this set of songs will be of particular use to primary teachers who are not especially confident in the use of music and singing in their classrooms! There are both vocal and non-vocal mp3 tracks, as well as PowerPoints of all the songs. Of
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The Romans had a real problem dealing with the unruly Celts! This collection of my songs tries to tell the story from both sides. Each song contains accurate historical information and also provides up to date references with particular emphasis on
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“Now The Flowers Are Growing” is a free sample song from my song pack, “Growing and Us”, which consists of ten songs on the theme of growing. It’s available for $3 from my TPT shop. Here are offered: * mp3 files with both vocal and piano backing
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught music in primary schools for 34 years. I usually see all classes in a school – ages 3 – 11 years. I have experience in teaching violin and piano to individual pupils and I have taught groups for guitar, recorder and ukulele. I have trained and conducted a junior level orchestra. I also regularly coach choirs during my school visits. I have taught some secondary school level pupils and also lectured at University level.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I currently teach class groups – usually 20-33 pupils. Within any lesson I will usually teach some singing, tuned percussion, music appreciation and perhaps some movement to music. As well as class music I teach choirs, bands, guitars, recorders, ukuleles and also percussion groups.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In 2007 I was nominated for, and subsequently awarded a Corporate Recognising Achievement award for helping raise the profile of music participation in a local Primary School and for being an inspirational, dynamic and motivational teacher. In 2008 I was awarded the professional award of Chartered Teacher with particular mention being made of the high quality of my submission with clear evidence of enhanced practice and reflection. There were strong testimonials from my line manager about the influence I have upon pupils, colleagues, the school and the wider educational community.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended Primary and Secondary schools in Perth, Scotland and obtained my music teaching diploma from Northern College in Aberdeen. I spent two years teaching in the Orkney Islands and then moved to Aberdeen and I have been teaching in this area for the last 32 years. I have lectured at Aberdeen University and taught violin and orchestral skills at Aberdeen Music Centre.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

For six years I have been the Editor of the SAME magazine – Scottish Association for Music Education. I am also a SAME committee member and as such I am involved in promoting music teaching nationally and working to provide appropriate in-service training and professional development for colleagues. I have written a book, "Games, Ideas and Activities for Primary Music" for Pearson Longman (available on Amazon!) as well as 25 song packs under the banner of Notable Songs Ltd. I play mainly piano on a weekly basis at Crown Terrace Baptist Church in Aberdeen.

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