Audience: KS1, KS2 & Families
The Whatever-u-want Workshop will be tailor - made to suit your requirements and provide innovative ways to help you meet your desired teaching outcomes. Designed in conjunction with DCFS Standards examples have included; Fairy Tales, travel, water- friendliness, sea side, France, pirates, news, bullying, slavery, Victoriana, song composition, rhythm and rhyme, citizenship, simple harmony, Elizabethans, Animals, Lighthouse Keepers Lunch ,Police, Road Death, local history, WWII and living and loving your own neighbourhood.
Delivered in a friendly and relaxed style the workshops will be well researched, pitched at the appropriate level of understanding for the audience, involving music, singing, performance, team work and creative thinking. It will also include key learning and appropriate references to Science, Geography, History, Maths, Design, ICT and Art.
The workshop can include “hands on” demonstrations and playing of various folk instruments. This type of workshop can also be of use at Inset days to inspire and assist non-musical teachers to sing and enjoy music in the classroom.
Folk Instrument Workshop
Audience: KS1, KS2 & Families
Consists of demonstration of the following instruments:
• Bouzouki 8 stringed instrument from Greece • Mandolin 8 stringed instrument from Italy • Banjo 4 stringed instrument with roots in American/African history • Guitar 6 stringed instrument finger-style and use of plectrum • Double bass 4 stringed instrument plucking and bowing • Button accordion bellows instrument pull and push • Bodhran Irish drum used with hand or beater.
These instruments will be demonstrated by being played in an appropriate musical setting. Students are given a full explanation of how the instruments produce the sound and how to play them. The learning is supplemented, with “hands on” touching and feeling, and” having a go” on the instrument by some children at the workshop. We aim to let every child have some “hands on” experience of at least one instrument. We explain the history and construction of the instrument and make links to science and geography.
The workshop is usually accompanied with teaching students a song or two and can include utilising the body as an instrument; mouth, feet and hands. Songs taught are presented to school at end of day assembly. .
Audience: KS1, KS2 & Families
The Seafaring Musical Workshop is designed to suit your needs and can include, shanty singing, work songs, hornpipe dancing, teamwork, rhythm, rhyme and songs about the sea, pirates, harbours, whales, travel, immigration, weather, lighthouses, birds and animals. Delivered in a friendly and relaxed style the workshops will be well researched and pitched at the appropriate level of understanding for the audience.
The workshop can include demonstrations of various folk instruments with the links to wood, wire, string, history, science and geography. Younger visitors to the workshop are usually allowed some "hands on" experience of these instruments.
Our experience tells us that boys enjoy and engage with this workshop sometimes more than others.
Folk Dancing WorkshopAudience KS1 KS2 & Families
Tony calls the dances and explains all the steps for this workshop while Jenny plays live accompaniment on the button accordion.
Younger children can participate in some parts of this in musical games. Dance terminology like “ dosey do” “cast out” Right arm turn” etc are all explained in simple language. Dances taught are a selection of • OXO dance ( six couples long way sets) • Virginia reel ( 4 couples long way sets) • Breton Polka a dance for couples • Easy circle dance • Flying Scotsman a weaving dance for boys and girls • Four around Four ( 4 couples long way sets) Each dance has been specially selected for children. Boys are encouraged to dance with girls ( but not compulsory)
The live music to accompany the dancing is mostly well know children’s tunes “She’ll be coming round the mountain” “Old Macdonald” “jingle bells” etc.
The product of these workshops can be used at an end of school ceilidh with parents and PTA. Musical games for younger children include games like musical statues, and numerous games involving them having to run or dance to four separate corners of the room as chickens, pirates etc. Maypole dancing can also be explained.
Audience: Older students, Adults and Families
In this workshop students are given all the tools they need to be able to busk successfully in the public arena. Some musical ability is useful but not essential.
Students are taught • What busking is and its history • Points to consider about the busking location and environment • How to plan a performance • Aspects of Criminal and Civil Law • What works and entertainment • Demonstrations of a variety of folk instruments including, button accordion, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, double bass, bodhran and of course vocals. • Pre performance practical advice and support ( as required). This workshop can be supplemented with on the street supervision and demonstrations if required. Students completing the course get a certificate.
Irish History and Music Workshop
“Idjits Guide to Irish Music”
Audience: Older students, Adults, Families, Groups, Societies, Women’s Institutes, Folk Clubs, Festivals
In this workshop the audience are given a power point presentation covering the history of Irish Music and culture from prehistory to today. The presentation is supplemented with live singing and playing of Irish songs and tunes about 30 in total. Some will be well known, while others may not be so familiar but interesting. The presentation will explain • Pagan Ireland and Celtic traditions • The Arrival of Christianity • The land of Poets and Scholars • Catholic v Protestant • The Great Hunger • Mass Migration and its influence on world music • An explanation and demonstration of Irish Instruments • Jigs reels, polkas, hornpipes and airs played live. The presentation can be accompanied with some Ceilidh dances with all the steps explained for the audience to join in with. The workshop can be as long or as short as is required from 30 mins to 2hours