ABC Online Primary Music User Feedback
This page contains testimonial feedback from users. The feedback is sent via feedback boxes on the teaching site (www.abcmusic.org.uk) itself.
You can see a rotating selection of these testimonials in the panels to the right and below.
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19 March 2013 Don’t Wake the Monster
When playing the monster game at the end and the start song is playing – it wouldn’t let me click on the word monster when the pupil had stepped on the right colour for the loud noise to come on. It meant the child had to just stand there while the start song finished and only then could I click on the ‘you’ve woken the monster’ song. Disrupted the flow of the game a little. (Ed – our intention was that you sang the ‘DONT WAKE THE MONSTER’ Song before the child starts walking on the icons. However we can imagine it is fun to sing the ”DONT WAKE THE MONSTER’ Song while they are stepping over (as long as the groups are still playing whenever their colour is stepped on). So we have added a button so you can jump straight to the ‘YOU’VE WOKEN THE MONSTER’ Song. Thanks for the great idea!)
19 March 2013 Playing on a Number – Percussion SEN/ASN
Used this with a group in my SEN school and they were great!
25 February 2013 Site Feedback
Have money to spend on music where is your order form! (Ed –www.abccreativemusic.com/primary-music-resources/)
10 January 2013 Warm Up: Monday Tuesday
This was fun/awesome!
14 November 2012 Develop Your Voice
The children were great they devoloped there voice really well
13 November 2012 Warm Up: Monster Steps Butterfly Dance
5 November 2012 Assessment Feedback
Can children’s names be sorted alphabetically by surname not Christian name? (Ed- Even thought the site is password protected for child protection reasons we recommend only first names or first names plus initial are used and for that reason sorting by christian name suits most users.)
25 October 2012 Intro to Percussion- Loud & Soft
Image/video? on loud and soft 4 not showing. Instruction at top of screen confusing – as children have been talking about loud and soft sounds could it be made clearer that in first instance of following conductor it is play when wiggle and stop when finger over mouth as could be understood as play loud then play quiet. Also as most of lesson is below unshown image some sort of reminder on screen to scroll down so this is not missed. (Ed- thanks for the feedback. This activity has been changed to incorporate your feedback and the image fixed. Many thanks)
25 September 2012 Biddley Bop Bee #2 – Interactive…
Backing track confusing as it is different (piano) from one in previous activity. Player different to that in video. would also like to be able to tap on board with out items stored. (Ed – Thanks for feedback. We will be changing this interactive as soon as we get to it)
17 September 2012 Monster Steps Butterfly Dance
We love this because its good fun.
We would like more music where we could be other characters too.
9 September 2012 Unspecified Lesson
This was a fun song and a good way to begin to introduce timing and beat to the children.
9 September 2012 General Feedback
Very useful, easily accessible resource. I would use a lot of these resources in a heartbeat but unfortunately, being an open plan school cannot use music responsively without interrupting other classes. (go to www.abcmusic.org.uk and click on Support>FAQ for advice on Open Plan working)
9 September 2012 Unspecified Video
The video clearly explains the purpose of the course and is a quick guide for busy teachers to get a flavour of how the programme will work.
29 August 2012 Warm Up: Monday Tuesday
…We enjoyed this lesson. Favourite part was being split into two groups and putting our own actions into the days of the week song. It was good to move about to the beat and use the actions.
27 August 2012 Learn to Walk
…The children found this song very long, perhaps too many verses for P1 at the start of the session. (Ed – Thanks. We will add a short version in the near future.)
18 August 2012 Introducing Concepts – Beats
…’Files not found’ for 60 and 80 beats can’t access (Ed – now fixed)
15 July 2012 Teachers Toolkit 1
…I love the pieces of music for everyday instruction. It will make the mundane tasks of tidying up and queuing up more exciting for the kids.
28 June 2012 Left-Hand Right-Hand Song
11 June 2012 Hide & Seek – Cat & Mouse –
We think this game was lots of fun but it was quite tricky. It helped us to learn about high and low pitch.
11 June 2012 Pitchfinder #1 – Where’s the Mouse –
This activity made us listen carefully to the sounds to decide if the notes were getting higher or lower.
30 May 2012 Warm Up: Disco Tom
i thought it was great the class loved it .
17 May 2012 Sing/Play After Me
…Me and my class think these is super. Thank you from me.
17 May 2012 Warm Up: Boing Song
That was so fun my boys and girls want to do it all day.
16 May 2012 Boing Song – Faster & Slower
16 May 2012 Boing Song – Faster & Slower.
..We enjoyed listening and doing actions to change in tempo.
14 May 2012 Boing Song 1
…awesome, fantastic, cool
12 May 2012 ABC Site Feedback
very good website.
12 May 2012 Teachers Toolkit 1
My class says that was fun. Thank you for making it.
9 May 2012 Tell the Difference – Higher, Lower, the Same
…The Primary 4s worked really well on this task, spotting the difference between notes and pitch in the music. They had lots of fun dancing!
9 May 2012 Hide & Seek – Cat & Mouse
4 May 2012 (Sing/Play After Me)
…All pupils used instruments when required to do so and only when YOU was called. Children responded well to the count in and recognised the number of counts.
4 May 2012 (Movement Game- How Many?)
…Pupils could easily move to both animal sounds and chime bar. Pupils enjoyed the game and were keen to be instrument players or animals.
1 May 2012 Explore Sounds – Materials:
26 April 2012 Hi still loving all the lessons on the website. I’ve been assess as I’ve been going along but I’m having a few problem retrieving the info – is this section meant to be up and running. When I went into the pupil section the traffic light section didn’t marry up with what I’ve put in. When I down loaded the whole class one into excel it came up with children’s names that aren’t in my class. In the next few weeks I’ll be delivering a session to other teaching staff at my school to show them all the lovely things on the site – so I’m really looking forward to that. (Ed – Error now fixed)
25 April 2012 Warm Up: Relaxation/Listening Wood …Good listening activity. Second part missing I think.
23 April 2012 Biddley Bop Bee #2 …
I liked that you could keep changing it to make it tricky. Lili P2. I liked that we had to play our instruments then put them down quickly then be ready again. Charlie P2 (I used the jump icon to represent playing their instruments instead. Kirsty Hall (teacher)) (Ed – Great Idea Kirsty!)
19 April 2012 14 Boing Song 1
18 April 2012 Warm Up: Count to Four (Upper Primary)
…Really Good Interactive and fun and loved the simple yet groovy backing.Thanks
18 April 2012 WIBBLY WOBBLY Loud Soft Dance
Drecko – It was brilliant because I won!
Madison – it was lovely!
18 April 2012 The Machine Song
Megan – it was so much fun! Daniel – It was awesome!
Kai – I like it because it has slow and fast movement and I liked the beat of it.
Grace – I thought it was fun because I liked moving like a robot.
17 April 2012 Biddley Bop Bee #1
It was great, I loved the wooos. Chloe P2.
I like how it came on the screen so you knew (when to do the action). Scott P2.
29 March 2012 Warm Up: Tick Tock
Did not enjoy this one, found track quite annoying.(Ed – Seems Tick Tock is one you either love or hate!)
28 March 2012 Warm Up Your Voice…”Immense!” “Funny” “Brill” “Silly, but in a good way.”
“Good””Gets you in a good mood” “Fun”
28 March 2012 Warm Up: Monster Steps Butterfly Dance
“I think the monster music makes you think of angry things and the butterfly makes you calm. I liked acting like this for the music.”
Rebecca P2 “I would like it if there was a ‘ping’ or something to let you know you can now make monster noises. Then we could listen for the ping instead of the teacher telling us.” Charlie P2 (Ed – Charlie – you need to listen to the music changing!)
26 March 2012 (Biddley Bop Bee #1)
…fun… exciting…a wee bit hard…fantastic
22 March 2012 Warm Up: Tick Tock
That really helped children learn rhythm. Very good.
22 March 2012 (Warm Up: Disco Tom (Revise))
21 March 2012Biddley Bop Bee #1
we liked the song and the actions were fun
21 March 2012 Sing/Play After Me
We liked the funky music!
21 March 2012 (Warm Up: Boing Song)
…”I liked when we had to growl!” William P3
19 March 2012
I’m a bit confused the stuff on the website for P4 isn’t the same as the P4 folder we have in class – am I looking at the wrong section? We have P4 pack V2.0. (Ed – Yes – P4 Online is quite different to P4 Pack v2.0)
19 March 2012 Warm Up: Count to Four (Upper Primary)
We can count the beat. We play in time with our instruments. We understand the beat. We found the song repetitive. It helped us to keep the beat.
14 March 2012 Warm Up: Monday Tuesday
Good fun, energetic. We learned how make our own music. We learned how to follow the beat and that beats can have pauses.
We learned all about Rhythms. Overall the class had a great time.
13 March 2012 Warm Up: Monday Tuesday
Interesting, liked making noises, difficult to keep the rhythm and say or do actions at the same time.
8 March 2012 Lesson: P3, Journey 3: Tell the difference:
we couldn’t get more than three examples and the fourth stopped in the middle. It would also be good to have a fast forward function as sometimes it’s good to repeat activity but you don’t always want an explaination. (Ed – Thanks. Stopping early fixed and skip button added)
6 March 2012
For the P6&7 develop music skills I can only access a few sections on the trial course, i completed them in one session with the kids and now cannot do any other lessons, why is this? (Ed – To get full course you need a subscription or be in a pilot area.)
5 March 2012 Boing Song 1
“It was fun.” “It was great.” “The ‘Boing’ bit was funny.”
“The music was funny.” “The shapes changing helped us keep the rhythm.”
2 March 2012 Biddley Bop Bee #2
– Interactive I prefer the music from the practice sessions, the piano in the interactive song is a bit too much.
2 March 2012 WIBBLY WOBBLY Loud Soft Dance
“It was lots of fun!” “It’s really good.” “It’s very funny because you get to wobble about.”
“I love it and it’s good fun. I’d like to play it again.” “You can tell the difference if it’s loud or soft.” “Thanks for making it. It’s really fun.”This is a warm-up activity that I will definitely repeat many times!
2 March 2012 Warm Up: Count to Four (Upper Primary)
“Brilliant!” “We get more exercise while doing music.” “We’re learning to keep the beat in a fun way.”
1 March 2012 Develop Your Voice 2 :
We liked this one very much and felt it helped us be more tuneful.
1 March 2012 (Develop Your Voice 1)
…Quite good – helped us think about breathing.
1 March 2012 Lesson: P3, Journey 2: Music in Bits
Are there different parts to this section with the different parts missing as I think I may have missed them. (Ed – Yes press start and you will hear the bits (drums, bass, melody) seperately and then together.)
28 February 2012 (Star Drummers #1)…We are getting into it OK! Only problem is I can’t seem to find where I assess the pupils. Got the assessment page-where do I update?(Ed – Staffroom>Assess Pupils. Start Drummers is a multi step activity so the online assessement page may be too simple for this activity. We will be adding date stamped assessment soon – so you can track assessment for one activity over time)
23 February 2012 (Warm Up: Tick Tock)
Not so keen on this one – went on too long. Not clear on instructions and contradictory to music.
23 February 2012 Develop Your Voice 1
Another good lesson but it would be good to have more control over the videos – i.e. full screen, or being able to change the size of the video screen. (Ed – Thanks. Full screen option now added.)
23 February 2012 Warm Up Your Voice
Excellent! The pupils loved the set music and ‘phrases’ and found this a really fun activity.
21 February 2012 Sing the Blues 1
catchy, fun. rhythm, confidence when singing, shows you how to sing the blues, good guidance when to sing
1 February 2012 (Warm Up: Count to Four (Upper Primary)
…Great tune that gets you moving.Helps you keep the beat and keep in time.
30 January 2012 Teachers Toolkit 1
I think the music available as the teacher’s toolkit could be used very easily and very effectively.
26 January 2012 Lesson: P3, Journey 1: Pick a Number, Hide & Seek – Cat & Mouse
I’m really enjoying delivering the on-line resources and I think the assessment tool is really useful – I’m just a little bit disappointed that there is only one (I realise this is under construction) but it is a great way for me to feedback to class teachers.
(Ed – You can use the success criteria supplied to assess activites as you do them, but we will try and add more assessment activities.)
26 January 2012 Warm Up Your Voice
…We liked this one. Good for voice and good for rhythm.
26 January 2012 Warm Up: Count to Four Song (Revise)
We enjoyed but felt it too young for P7. (Ed – You are right. It is the wrong version. Now fixed.)
23 January 2012 Count to Four Song #1 …They liked the song and when they had to count to four while keeping the beat marching at the same time.
23 January 2012 Left-Hand Right-Hand Song
The children liked putting their hands in the air and they especially liked turning around.
18 January 2012 (Boing Song 1)
…The children loved clapping and bouncing to the boing.
18 January 2012 Warm Up: Monster Steps Butterfly Dance
The children liked stamping to the monster music.
17 January 2012 Count to Four Interactive
final part- count to four interactive was difficult to follow if put in more than one action at a time.(Ed – Thanks. Advice added to lesson)
23 November 2011 Tell the Difference – Which Beat of the Bar
…it was good fun but the audio recording could have been longer.
4 November 2011 Hide & Seek – Cat & Mouse
Children very engaged. Nice introduction to use of letters as music notes. Children have requested to play this game in their own time.
20 September 2011 Teachers Toolkit 1
27 June 2011 ABC Site Feedback
…great we do it at school
1 June 2011 Jumble Bars
What did you think of that lesson? (Jumble Bars )…This was a very hard lesson and pupils and myself had little success with it. The concept was good but wondered if a possible suggestion would be to perhaps start with three sounds (high-middle-low) to order and then as an extension add two others. I know this does not match with the five steps concept but would make it more accessible for all children. Thanks (Ed – Thanks. Initial step with three pitches now added.)
27 April 2011 Warm Up: Disco Tom
We think this warm up lesson is
* very good *fun *fandabbydosy *fun and I would want to do it again *like a disco *unique *fantastic *really enjoyable
So a big thumbs up!!
23 March 2011 Rhythm Makes You Move – Put it Together
..Love the idea. Sorry to be pedantic but, shouldn’t practise be spelt with an ‘s’? (Ed – Yes, you are right by george. Fixed)
7 March 2011 Warm Up: Disco Tom
.. I think that it would be better if there was an indicator of the length of the music. (Ed – Great idea now added to site. Thanks)
6 March 2011 Unspecified Lesson
This is a firm favourite with the whole class and everyone puts in a tremendous effort. In fact we go back to this from time to time
by popular demand as a warm up before new lessons. The children have independently come up with an activity they enjoy doing in the gym hall based on this task as a warm up before PE lessons.
6 March 2011 Tell us what you think!…Traffic Light Assessment Loving the website! One recommendation I would suggest would be to have a box above the traffic lights and effort to select all pupils then those who have not achieved or put in enough effort could be checked off the list. I would really appreciate this as I find it tedious to be clicking a tick box 26 times for each lesson!
(Ed – Great idea now added to site. Thanks)
6 March 2011 Left-Hand Right-Hand Song >
..I made red and blue laminated bracelets for each child to wear. They loved the song and moved in rhythm whilst choosing the correct hand to wave in the air. They particularly loved the turn around part of the song.
17 December 2010 …I’ve just gone through all of the Year One lesson plans. I teach Expressive Arts in an ASN school for children with complex needs, and with them in mind I think this could be an excellent music resource. The music used is appropriate to all ages, and I can see this also being useful for some of the children at the secondary ASN school.
12 October 2010 Count to Four Song #3- Percussion
18/6/2010 Parrot Song
Children loved the parrot. Unusual that words were jumbled. I had to read it to the children as they couldn’t read it.
(Ed – Yes. Now fixed!)
18/6/2010 Unspecified Lessons
Great!! Lots of fun!
24/5/2010Left Hand Right Hand Song
Children’s words: “It was awesome!” Hamish ” I didn’t like the bit when we spinned!” Poppy “Great” Madeleine
24/5/2010 Unspecified Lesson
Really love the visuals for this. Makes it much easier than using the laminated sheets. Children love the movement on the board.
24/5/10 Monster Steps Butterfly Dance
Handy to have the instructions read to us rather than having to look through the book like I usually have to do.
Would have been nice to have something visual to put on the smartboard
E.g. Butterflies fluttering around on smartboard at butterfly music etc (Ed – great idea. Now added!)
24/5/10 Teacher Toolkit: Timer Countdown
Funny tunes the children will like. Countdown clock at the top could have been bigger. (Ed – use full screen button to make it big)