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 play different patterns from our sound bank.

We even had time to loop three phrases which were framed by their music teacher and artistic director Dave Howard with some groovy guitar riffs. You can listen here:

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New Horizons Opportunity

Thanks to Nicola Briggs at Sound it Out for forwarding an exciting opportunity for musicians!

New Horizons Birmingham – Professional Development Training.

It’s for musicians who:

* Have a high level of skills in at least one specialist area of music, which could be anything from sitar or rock guitar to voice or woodwind.
* Have the potential to inspire and motivate children and young people to make music.
* Already have some experience of running workshops or helping others make music.
* Want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work more formally in the education sector, including working for Music Services
* Want to build skills in individual and small group teaching
* Sound It Out strives to promote equal opportunities and encourages applications from Black and Ethnic Minority musicians.

For more information:


Tel: 0121 772 8655

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 making and composition. We wrote pieces exploring the feeling of completing a long day at school  – joy, excitement, need I say more!?!

There was lots of translating and merriment had!!