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About earlleonardmusicforkids

Earl Leonard is a talented musician with an honest rocking style. Kids love his enthusiam and sense of fun. Performances for early primary and pre-school aged children are structured to leave room for participation; including changing well known song lyrics with the help of the kids. Songwriting workshops for grades 3 and up open a world of creativity; exploring language rhythm and rhyme. through all the fun and games children learn about words and music.

5 Chord Progressions That Build Musical Momentum — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

When I write songs with kids I often have to work as quickly as possible to keep things productive, interesting, and successful, for my budding lyricists. To this end I often rely on mental banks of useful chord progressions to … Continue reading

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Not Quite Anchor Charts

So, I absolutely LOVE the anchor charts I’ve been seeing on blogs and on Pinterest.  Apparently, anchor charts are supposed to be minimalistic so as not to confuse the children with extra information and art.  Oops!  I guess I can’t…

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A lesson about rhyme and meter, written in rhyme and meter…

Originally posted on Jackie Hosking:
~ I am writing this poem to try and explain ~The meaning of meter and rhyme ~This meter I’m using is often amusing ~If Seuss is the source of the chime But rather than bother…

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I Think I Finally Get Grooming

For the first time in a long while, I have short hair and not much beard. While I have a vague notion that beards are ‘in’ at the moment, I have worn mine for far too long to even try … Continue reading

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Back on the Blogging Horse

Half way through last year I’d up my first contract teaching primary classroom music. It had been great; I’d enjoyed sharing mysic skills and ideas with students on an ongoing, deeper level  (compared to the brief interactions of gigs and … Continue reading

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Grammatikus: The Elite Online Grammar Resource

It is good to see the Grammatikus game getting some good press! I was proud of my work, writing for them. Grammatikus: The Elite Online Grammar Resource.

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Magnetic Whiteboard Grand Stave

Originally posted on Rhythm Express:
Sometimes students have difficulty in working out how the musical stave applies to the piano. After all you travel from low to high on the piano by moving left to right but read it on…

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Recent Gig – More Singing in the Rain!

Thanks heaps to those of you who braved the weather at Springfest last month to come and see the concert. I had a ball preparing and performing with the students from Urquhart Park PS, and they all seemed to enjoy themselves … Continue reading

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From Primary School to University and Back (again and again)

I’ve just had my first observation day for my second lot of placement…It went well, I think I love the school (and especially the library, with stairs)! All this `learning how to teach’ I’ve been doing this year has certainly … Continue reading

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A Sample of Worthy things: Fundraisers and Booklaunches!

I’m playing at this, for this on Saturday! And on Friday the week after I’ll be playing at the Kids Fund Day and Stalls fundraiser (that Kylie Emmerson is organising for Jasmine and her daughter Shania): And then on … Continue reading

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