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



Week 6 & 7: 100 Hr Challenge

Day 1: Fail, still in Brumtee, spoke to mi ma about secretly moving my piano from the old house to the new (behind Pa’s back), we’ll see, he doesn’t really do Internet btw. Day 2: Fail still in Brum, social media workshop, helping these cherubs become digital journalists. Day 3: Fail, still in Brum exhausted, […]



Soulful Summer

Just completed a week of workshops for THSH and UFA, project was called Soulful summer. I helped facilitate sessions based mainly on developing young people’s composition skills. I was blown away by the young people’s ideas and good vibes. Some of the feedback I got was great, and was nice to see some of the […]



Week 5: 100 Hour Challenge

Day 1: Fail Day 2: Fail Day 3: Fail Day 4: Fail Day 5: Fail Day 6: Fail Day 7: Fail Summer workshops all day last week. In Brum. I suck. Yes, I do. I’d come home and want to sleep, but had planning and preparation to do. When I’m near my keyboard nothing will […]



100 Hour challenge: Third week

Hmmmm… Day 1: Practiced for two hours Day 2: Practiced for an hour Day 3: Back in Birmingham, no practice Day 4: Nada Day 5: Nada Day 6: Nada Day 7: Nada Hmmm think I failed there. I did read up on stuff but… few ebonies and ivories were tinkled last week! On the plus […]



100 Hour challenge: Second week

Day 9: Practiced for two hours, worked through 2-5-1s randomly. Tried to improvise over them, sounded pants! Day 10: Went to Rachel’s after workshopping all day, got lost, took ages to get there so was tired and hungry, played through scales, and tried to improvise, felt a tad exposed and embarrassed playing knowing Ms. Carter […]



100 Hour Challenge: Days 4 – 8

I spoke to my mum about my old piano (given to me at childhood); currently covered in cobwebs and black bags (don’t ask), but the easiest option was to use my fella’s MIDI controller attached to Garageband, couldn’t be bothered to pair up with Logic, wanted a less heavy DAW, a basic piano sound was […]



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 […]



100 Hour challenge: Days 1-3

I started on Sunday learning  2-5-1 chord progressions, just about got the right hand down, left hand is easier, I revised my knowledge of modes. I then worked out how to transpose them into different tonal centres. I am learning a standard called “Here’s that Rainy Day” by Jimmy Van Heusen, it has lots of 2-5-1 chords […]



Young Music Leaders: Peer to Peer learning in Music

The music manifesto website peeps have uploaded a great video about students (at a secondary school in Surrey) discussing the benefits of peer to peer music tuition. I think it’s a great idea to have a weekly club where young people can share ideas and mentor one another to achieve music creations!! I wish some […]