ABC Music for SEN 2
- A fun, child-centred creative music course, with progressive activities following on from SEN 1.
- Adapted for children with a range of Special Educational Needs.
- Available as a resource pack and/or an online course delivered via interactive whiteboard.
- Easy to use for ALL staff, even those who feel unconfident with music.
“We liked the ABC Music for SEN Pack 1 so much we bought the whole set.” P.S. East Ayrshire
ABC Music for SEN Resource Pack 2 contains:
A ringbinder with laminated lesson plans, 2 audio CDs, an A2 PVC double-sided banner teaching aid with velcro,
and 97 velcro-backed A6 icons in 4 sets: shapes, actions, animal noises, and percussion sounds.
NB: You get a free 12-month subscription to ABC Music for SEN Online with any SEN pack purchase.
ABC Music for SEN 2- Resource Pack with 12-month Online subscription:
Price £250 & VAT with FREE SHIPPING in the UK and NI.
If you are not completely satisfied, return packs in resellable condition or cancel subscription within 30 days,
and we’ll refund the full purchase price and any return postage.
“The overall effect of the programme within the school is just that the children absolutely and utterly enjoy every moment.” Rhoda MacDougall, Headteacher, Lochies School, Clackmannanshire
The ABC Music for SEN 2 course, follows on from SEN 1 and is designed for Year 1 children in England, P2 children in Scotland and for a range of ages and abilities in children with SEN- depending on their individual needs. It can be used without SEN courses 1 & 3.
Each resource pack or Online course contains more than enough material for a whole year of study in a mainstream class, and for many SEN classes, enough material for significantly longer.
Introductory Journeys at the start of each course cover material from the previous pack or online course. A rangefinder helps you work out where to start in the new session, to allow children to move smoothly through the programme.
Doing some preparation will help you deliver a better class, adapt activities to your themes and topics, and will make you feel more relaxed, especially if teaching ABC music is new for you.
But we know teachers are busy, so all the resources are written in simple language, with a clear layout. Lesson plans are laid out like a script- so if you need to, you can take a lesson plan, and say to children- “Let’s see what we have to do today!” and run the activity by reading out the script.
Everything you need should be in most classrooms. For both resource packs and online courses, you need:
- A set of standard classroom instruments- tuned and untuned percussion- eg wood blocks, tambourines, shakers/maracas, chime bars, drums/tambours, xylophones/glockenspiels and beaters etc.
For teaching with the resource packs, you need:
- A CD player- we recommend Coombers because they are nice and loud!
For teaching the Online courses, you need:
- A computer with an internet connection.li>
- An interactive whiteboard with connected speakers.
The SEN 2 course contains over 50 warm-ups and activities, laid out in intro journeys, which overlap with SEN 1 material, and 7 journeys of new SEN 2 material.
The SEN 2 course starts with children exploring numbers, rhythm and movement in a fun song using Action icons- (Clap, Stomp. Jump and Woo). A pre-composed version introduces the format, before children compose their own versions, producing a great performance piece combining music and dance.
Then children explore a new icon set, using 5 percussion sounds- Shake, Tap, Ting, Scrape and Boom, played on a wider range of instruments: What are the instruments made of? (metal/wood), What are their names?, How do you hold and play them?
Children learn to control improvised performances by pointing at symbols, before composing using icons and the AB grid. The Shape Tap Ting Scrape Boom Song produces a great vocal and instrumental performance piece, with improvisation sections for ‘jamming’.
Then children explore the concepts Loud/Soft, High/Low (pitch), and Fast/Slow.
Throughout the ABC programme, concepts are introduced by discussion and learning how the concept words are spelled. Then children learn to discriminate the concepts in a Tell-the-difference game, before exploring how to perform the concepts (eg loud and soft sounds) on body, voice, and instruments. They then explore the use of the concepts creatively through conducted improvisation activities and composition.
For example, a child cues performance by walking on symbols on the floor, with other children performing loud or soft percussion sounds with each footstep as part of a fun story about a monster. Children explore loud and soft in percussion compositions.
The Explore Materials strand in SEN 2 is about wood, which can be linked to science and environmental studies. Children explore making different loud and soft sounds with wooden objects, naming and describing the sounds and learning to conduct them, write a score for them, and use them with a beautiful song to create a performance piece about a woodsman.
Children learn to tell the difference between high and low pitched sounds in a series of fun activities which develop increasingly fine pitch perception- starting with low/high, low/middle/high, and then introducing the first 5 steps of a musical scale- using a mouse character climbing a staricase. A fun song about Buzzing Bees allows children to explore composing and performing pitch contours, by drawing pathways between flowers drawn on the board, and following the path with their voice using a buzzing sound, creating a lovely performance piece.
Children explore Fast and Slow- with a movement game where they move like machines at different speeds. They co-ordinate actions and sounds with beats and bars played at different speeds.
Children learn to hold and play chime bars and tuned percussion, playing a clear sound with a bounce of the beater, before exploring composition and performance in innovative formats, using animal symbols to compose a beautiful piece of harmonic music perfomed at different speeds on tuned percussion.
The SEN 2 program progresses in small steps, but maintains throughout a focus on individual children making decisions, and other children listening to, understanding and acting on those decisions- whether using visual cues and symbols, or spoken or musical language.
This social process underpins the creative classroom, and is used to explore the creative use of simple musical fundamentals. Children become experienced in building simple but meaningful musical structures at a level right for them- using notation and sounds that are comfortable for them.