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Martin has been successfully been running workshops in schools around the country since 1994. The following are the workshops most often asked for by schools. It is also possible to have a special longer project or specific workshops customised to your own needs. Please use the contacts page to discuss further options and opportunities for your school.

 

 

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING WORKSHOPS ARE GEARED TO PRIMARY SCHOOL KS1+2 PUPILS. SOME CAN BE ADAPTED FOR FOUNDATION CHILDREN OR FOR SECONDARY PUPILS. 

 

ALTHOUGH THESE WORKSHOPS ARE VERY INFORMATIVE AND ARE EDUCATIONAL IN NATURE THERE IS A LOT OF FUN AND PARTICIPATION AND THEY USUALLY END WITH LOTS OF SMILING FACES!


WORLD PERCUSSION SHOW

 

MARTIN'S wide experience as a percussionist enables him to share his skills with the children in a fun and exciting presentation. We start by thinking about how stone age man might have made music and by the end the children are thrilled by high tech digital technology. Martin widens the children's experiences of musical instruments from different cultures, whilst supporting the science, history and geography needs for the school.

 

The fascinating instruments demonstrated include several which most children will not know and others which are better known to them. The staff and pupils have the opportunity to see and hear instruments being played by a specialist, the comment "I never knew a triangle could sound like that" is not unusual.

 

Following the presentation, class sized workshops are available which enable the children to have a hands on session.

JUNK MUSIC PROJECT

 

An exciting creative music making session using nothing but recycled objects. These are composition workshops (NOT INSTRUMENT MAKING) and the children are encouraged in different ways to add their own ideas to the composition. The Junk Music Project develops many musical skills and the outcome is a coherent piece of music that the pupils can play well. The children start by exploring the sounds of the "instruments" and end up working together to produce a good performance of their own work. Technology is used to process and alter some of the intrument's sounds. Normally the school is given a CD or mp3/wav file of the children's music at the end of Martin's visit.


DRUM KIT SHOW

 

This show introduces all the elements needed for a modern drum kit that the children regularly see in the groups that they watch. It covers the history of the instruments as well as many different styles of playing including those from other cultures. The children also get hands on workshops as part of this experience. Like the WORLD PERCUSSION SHOW the DRUM KIT SHOW has a lot of participation for the children in the presentation section of the day.

   ROCKIN' RHYTHMS

 

is a series of class workshops exploring rhythm, patterns and pulse using the school instruments. The music is based on contemporary pop styles and songs which the children can easily relate to.

                                  

 

CUBA CUBA!

workshops based on the infectious music from that island; Salsa and traditional Afro-Cuban music. Martin has studied with some great teachers in Havana and these challenging and exciting workshops for KS2 and above combine several parts to create that great latin sound. Pupils from other classes have danced past the hall when I’ve been running this workshop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another new one is Loops and Grooves; live vocal music from the children is mixed with electronic effects which produce exciting soundscapes with wonderful sounds. This it a great instant way of using IT in music making without sitting around computers. A good informal way to get children singing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Finally, I run Composition Projects so that the children can produce pieces of their own. I can launch this in various ways, 2 examples;  we can simply start with a blank canvas (which some pupils might find difficult initially, another way could be that I can start by teaching them a piece (usually from another culture) and then the children adapt it and add to it so that it becomes their piece.  I can also do this in many other ways. Like the Junk workshops I can normally provide you with a CD/mp3/wav file of their music.


 
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