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Down Your Way – Main Segment Dusted!

Here are some pics: On the whole it went well, I learnt loads from being involved, what it takes to be a good leader – different ways in getting young people to compose original melodies. Through the skin of our teeth we managed to bring all elements together; music tech, […]

By Bobbie, ago
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Down Your Way – Castle Vale High

I had a wonderful session working with year seven students from Castle Vale High School last Friday, it was a chance for us all the bond, learn about the project aims and do some rhythm/pulse exercises. I was really impressed with how quickly the students were able to recognise and […]

By Bobbie, ago
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Pics from Down Your Way last Saturday

Here are some pics from last Saturday’s session. We had some Global Xchange volunteers from Morocco participate and it was quite contrasting to the smaller numbers we’ve had in the past. Chris led the session, and recorded sound bites about childhood memories – short phrases were the stimuli for music […]

By Bobbie, ago
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Down Your Way – Saturday’s Sess

(Photos taken by Dave Howard – Artistic Director & Lucy – participant aged 5) Yesterday’s Open Access session – (basically a music workshop for members of the Castle Vale public to drop in and use sound bites to make music), was loads better. It helped restore my confidence after Thursday’s […]

By Bobbie, ago
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Down Your Way Planning

Today I went to Castle Vale to start planning the ‘Down Your Way’ project with Dave (artistic director), Ian, Nicola (our coordinator) and Chris. It was really nice to be in a space where we could share and trial exercises for our workshops, this was the first time I had […]

By Bobbie, ago
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Down Your Way

I have been invited to work as one of 3 lead artists for a Sound it Out project called ‘Down Your Way’. We’re in the preliminary stages at the moment and will have a planning session this week. I was keen to sign up because of it being an intergenerational […]

By Bobbie, ago
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Have your say! The Music Igniter Final Round-up session

Today was the final Music Igniter session. It was a chance for everyone to share the projects they had delivered, discuss the processes and whether the guinea-pig test worked; if you put 10 teachers and 10 community musicians together and ask them to work towards creating innovative, fun, successful fun […]

By Bobbie, ago

Schools

I work as a piano teacher and music leader. I teach piano at beginner and intermediate levels. I incorporate classical and popular styles of playing in my classes. I also include basic improvisation; keeping lessons fun, fast paced and insightful. I deliver workshops that focus on creative ensembles, composition, social […]

By Bobbie, ago
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Ahh Betty!!

Written by Betty, a participant from Down Your Way project… ‘SOUND IT OUT’ about ‘DOWN YOUR WAY’ ‘There’s a big get together of youth and old age Over at Chivenor House on one of the day’s’ Would maybe be happy thought entered my head And would do what they told […]

By Bobbie, ago
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New World Order

Well hello there! I hope this pre-summer lushness is sustained, sunshine makes the UK a nicer place. Smiles, and conversations! Woohoo! I feel it’s time for a lil Bobbie update, things are going well at the moment, one or two hiccups but I am philosophical about them… • The Spitalfields […]

By Bobbie, ago
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What’s the point of community music?

Whilst tucking into some good Nigerian nosh in Dalston, I was encouraged by a good friend to write a blog post advocating community music. I was quite surprised that the information I shared was brand new. So I have listed the impact community music has on society, why it’s not […]

By Bobbie, ago