Donna Minto

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United Kingdom - Aberdeen City - Aberdeen
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By Donna Minto
Children love learning about Ancient Egypt! From the mysteries of the pyramids, the grossness of mummification and Tutankhamun’s curse what’s not to like?!!I’ve written ten songs on Ancient Egypt which I do hope will appeal to your pupils. They can
Subjects:
Ancient History, Music, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
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By Donna Minto
This is my mini-musical on “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” 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 show.There are some teaching notes
Subjects:
Music, Vocal Music, Drama
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Fun Stuff, Songs, Scripts
$5.00
2
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By Donna Minto
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 Tyrannosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus but also some lesser known creatures
Subjects:
Science, Ancient History, Music
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Other, Songs
$5.00
2
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By Donna Minto
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
Subjects:
Music, Religion, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
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By Donna Minto
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
Subjects:
Ancient History, European History, Music
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
Digital Download ZIP (171.41 MB)
By Donna Minto
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
Subjects:
Music, Vocal Music, Drama
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Fun Stuff, Songs, Cultural Activities
$5.00
1
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By Donna Minto
“Building a Pyramid” is one of ten songs I’ve written on Ancient Egypt. All ten are available from my store. The zip file contains: 1. PDF of the music2. The lyrics in a separate Word document3. An mp3 vocal backing track4. An mp3 piano backing
Subjects:
Archaeology, Ancient History, Music
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Fun Stuff, Songs
$1.00
Digital Download ZIP (15.94 MB)
By Donna Minto
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
Subjects:
Ancient History, Music, Vocal Music
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
Digital Download ZIP (87.83 MB)
By Donna Minto
These songs encourage the children to imagine themselves in Jack shoes and to work out how they would deal with these tricky situation. In the singing of the songs the children can become daredevils just like Jack! This pack contains a simple
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Music, Drama
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
1
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By Donna Minto
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
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, Music
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
1
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By Donna Minto
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
Subjects:
Vocal Music, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Other, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
Digital Download ZIP (54.41 MB)
By Donna Minto
All of the songs in my “Praise Songs” pack are Christian-based with several of them covering specific Bible stories. They range from the very simple “Lost Sheep” to the quite thought-provoking and challenging “Help Us Find Your Way” and an
Subjects:
Music, Vocal Music, Religion
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Songs, Cultural Activities
$5.00
Digital Download ZIP (136.30 MB)
By Donna Minto
“Sleeping Beauty” is a classic love story with lots of drama and pathos but all at the level of the children and, as we all know, in the end good will triumph over evil! “Aurora’s Waltz” lends itself to the entire cast learning to waltz – always
Subjects:
Music, Vocal Music, Drama
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
2
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By Donna Minto
“The Nile” is one of ten songs I’ve written on the subject of Ancient Egypt. The whole pack is available from my store. The zip file contains: 1. PDF of the music2. The lyrics in a separate Word document3. An mp3 vocal backing track4. An mp3 piano
Subjects:
Archaeology, Ancient History, Music
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Fun Stuff, Songs
$1.00
Digital Download ZIP (22.81 MB)
By Donna Minto
A great deal of interesting technical information is presented entertainingly in the songs “Mars”, “Astronauts”, “Countdown” and “Three Little Astronauts”. The ever fascinating aliens join in the fun in “Ollie From Outer Space”, “The Disappearing
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Music
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
Digital Download ZIP (79.46 MB)
By Donna Minto
The songs in this weather pack are quite versatile as regards age range. There is the simplicity of “Rainbow Set” and “Dressed For Fun” compared with the more complex “Tornado”, “Hurricanes” and “Stormy Nights”. The complete water cycle is covered
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Environment, Music
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Other, Songs
$5.00
Digital Download ZIP (146.19 MB)
By Donna Minto
“Clown’s Noses” and “Six Little Mice” are two songs which incorporate a game which helps children remember the various colors. All the colors of the rainbow and a few more are included in “Rainbow Set” and “Tutti-Frutti”. Some simple math is needed
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Music, Other (Music)
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff, Songs
$5.00
Digital Download ZIP (106.71 MB)
By Donna Minto
Age 3 - 11 Pirates Pirates are not nice people and while it’s easy to take a light-hearted view, these songs tell the true story of pirates. Some infamous pirates are mentioned and many of the unsavoury practices of these sea robbers are explored!
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Music, History
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Other, Songs
$5.00
Digital Download ZIP (261.50 MB)
By Donna Minto
“Mummies” is one of ten songs I’ve written on the subject of Ancient Egypt. The whole pack is available from my store. The zip file contains: 1. PDF of the music2. The lyrics in a separate Word document3. An mp3 vocal backing track4. An mp3 piano
Subjects:
Archaeology, Ancient History, Music
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Fun Stuff, Songs
$1.00
Digital Download ZIP (9.97 MB)
By Donna Minto
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 -
Subjects:
Music, General Science
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Songs
$1.00
1
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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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