Improvising and composing with 8 to 11 year olds

Improvising and composing with 8 to 11 year olds

Event date: Sat Mar 6 2021


Online event
10.00am - 12.30pm GMT

A workshop led by Chris Robson, Andrew Maud and Kate Buchanan, focusing on ideas for improvising and composing with 8 to 11 year olds in a range of settings.

Come and explore music-making with children in these three short sessions. We will be developing ideas using colour and shape, tongue-twisters and rhymes, and rhythm and body percussion.

Chris Robson is a teacher at Hope University Liverpool and a research facilitator for the Cultural Education Research Initiative in collaboration with Curious Minds. Previously she taught at Manchester Metropolitan University. Chris enjoys the Orff approach with its emphasis on inclusion and active music-making through rhythm and language. She has recently joined the committee of Orff UK.

Andrew Maud is a specialist primary music teacher in West London and a clarinettist. He originally trained as an actor at LAMDA but then retrained as a teacher at the Institute for Education. His interest in the Orff approach came from a desire to bring greater creativity, engagement and child-centred learning into the classroom. He is a member of the committee of Orff UK.

Kate Buchanan is Director of Professional Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where she manages a wide-ranging programme of vocational and specialist training. She trained in music and musical performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Goldsmiths College, University of London. She taught for ten years in music services and adult education and was Education Officer for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She was appointed Senior Lecturer at Trinity College of Music in 1995. A longstanding supporter and specialist practitioner of the Orff approach to music education, Kate was chair of the Orff Society UK 2000-2007 and is currently Editor of the Orff Times.


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