education

Summertime sum up

What beautiful weather! A year ago, I met a Swedish lady in London (on the bus I think), who said the main reason she decided to stay in the UK was down to the summer of ’76. She told me she had been longing ever since for another glorious summer like that to return. Maybe […]



next generation teacher

dy/av : 002 : the next-gen lecturer from Dan Meyer on Vimeo. love it, want more examples of it, can relate to it.



100 Hour Challenge: Week Four

Day 1: Practiced and wrote music with fellow workshoppers for half a day, spent the other half playing jazz standards for a few hours, really slowly, still practicing the same two, sounding better! Day 2: Wrote music again with matees, one hour of practice. Day 3: Practiced, learning chords and listening to what they sound […]



Paganel School “Home Week” Final Performance

It’s over and done with! The performances at the school were great, I was impressed with how well the classes did and the headteacher said the performances were fantastic! What really made our job easier was the support from the teachers, who had rehearsed the songs and staging during the week, how lovely! We were able […]



Banded About – C’est Fini

It’s all over and done with! Today was the final concert date at Town Hall for the Banded About project, we made it! It was emotional, it was sad, it was tiring, fun and creative. I was soo impressed with the young people at Watville, Wilkes Green and St. James primary schools over the year. […]



Paganel Home Week Project Session 4

I am shattered! These all dayers have taken their toll on my ‘approaching end of summer term’ bones. Today’s session was good, fast paced, pressurised and exceptionally creative. It was our last session and we invited musicians Steve (djembe) and Michael (sax/flute). With year 3 we were able to put the finishes touches on the […]



Paganel Home Week Project Session 3

Today was the third session at Paganel school, the pressure was on to move the sketches/ short vignettes into something more meaningful and framed. After a quick warmer and explaining to the groups the skills we needed from them to take this forward (concentration, imagination, sharing of ideas and an openness to them), we shared again the sketches and […]



Paganel Home Week Project Session 2

Chris and I returned to Paganel School to facilitate the second round of music and drama sessions. After today we have 2 sessions left to have material devised and rehearsed! The aim was to have local members of the community come in and be interviewed about their relationship with Weoley Castle and home. We got young […]



Paganel Home Week Project

Today was the first of our “home week” sessions at Paganel school, and it was the first time I worked with Chris Bishop from BXL, who is a drama practitioner. This morning we worked with year 3, a lovely bunch of young people, with great ideas. We started with some icebreakers, bonding exercises, trying to […]



Happy Work Pit

The pic above sums it up, I’ve been in a dark room, staring at and playing synths for the last few days, yup, I asked for it and it’s happened, snowed under with work, I’ve even turned down a few projects!! I know!?! The other day I was bemoaning the hustle! Loads of established freelancers […]



I hate 7/8!

During a MAASER music session Sophia mentioned not liking the time signature 7/8 – so we all rallied in to help her discover the joys of playing in such a funky metre. I loved how we just messed around and were really playful, but, at the same time helped a fellow MAASER combat their fear […]



Music Exam Blunder!

I used to work for OCR as a creative arts clerical officer. One of the first proper graduate jobs I ever had! I did all the administrative skivvy jobs to ensure exam papers were ready for print; things like copyright permissions, liaising with artists and (ex-) teachers who wrote the paper etc. Hearing about the […]