Secondary Schools

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Workshops for schools June 2017

Percussion workshop – most suitable for KS3
13-14 and 26-27 June
£30 / workshop

These interactive workshops with percussionists Owen Gunnell and George Kirkham can accommodate up to 60 students, with everybody playing an instrument. The activities will cover several aspects of the curriculum including composition, playing as a group, and performance, using marimbas, vibraphones, and other tuned percussion – all provided on the day. The session will culminate in the whole group playing Samba, drum and bass, dub step or traditional African music on untuned percussion.

Piano workshop – most suitable for KS3
19-20 and 26-27 June
£30 / workshop

Find out about the evolution of the piano, and how changes in the design of this great instrument influenced composers over the centuries. Let us bring your school piano to life! Whether it is well-used and appreciated, or languishing in a corner, pianist and composer Anne Lovett will lift the lid and show your pupils exactly why the piano is so amazing, and how it developed into the instrument we know today. Enjoy live renditions of great piano music from across the centuries – including a piece composed by Anne – and grab the chance to play a duet with her.

“It was mesmerising! Everyone loved every second – perfect balance of info, participation and performance – Anne was perfect with the year 6 children.”
(Teacher, St James’ Primary, 2016)

Book workshops for your school by clicking the link below:

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Why not take a trip out of school?

Gamelan workshop – most suitable for KS3 and 4, including SEND
13, 20 and 27 June
Gloucester Academy of Music
£30 / workshop

Gamelan expert Jonathan Roberts will give your students a uniquely interactive and collaborative music-making experience on these beautiful tuned percussion instruments from Indonesia. Playing individual melodic patterns on the gongs, xylophones and metallophones you will produce the beautiful multi-layered music that is traditionally used to accompany dance, drama and shadow puppet plays. The playing technique makes these instruments accessible whatever your level of musical experience, and the emphasis on ensemble skills and listening enriches all other areas of music-making.

Travel subsidies are available.

“The children who find concentrating difficult remained focused and on task all session. Those who have had some musical experience were all stretched and were engrossed in the music.”
(Teacher, Greatfield Park Primary, 2016)

Book workshops for your school by clicking the link below:

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With thanks to all the supporters of Music for Schools 2017

Supported by funding from Make Music Gloucestershire, the county’s music education hub

The Adams Youth Trust
Colwinston Charitable Trust
The John Armitage Charitable Trust
The Reed Foundation

We would also like to thank all of our generous individual supporters, including the 70th Festival Appeal Donors.