Thursday, March 19, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Talking of Peter & the Wolf, we're getting loads of responses to our ticket offers that went out to Newham's biggest employers - Tate & Lyle and Newham Council. Great to know there is an audience in East London for this type of event and thanks to those who've put a little comment about why they'd like to come, it's really interesting to know.
Friday, March 6, 2009
We're so excited about Peter & the Wolf we want everyone to be there, so we're giving away 10 free tickets to every primary school around Stratford. Vanessa has been busy getting leaflets around to all the schools today, so if you've seen a leaflet and want to claim your ticket, or even if you haven't got hold of a leaflet yet, give us a call at the office 020 7823 5523 and we'll be able to send you a ticket.
Don't miss your chance to be there, we've been rehearsing with Michelle Collins today so it's all coming together!
See you next time - 2 April, 1.00pm!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Lucy and Vicky went today to check out Stewart Headlam, and got to meet the Year 6 teachers there, Martin McCarthy and Haleema Rouf. We chatted about the Year 6s that will take part, who apparently are really creative and have a singing star of the future among them, which we're excited to hear about! We heard about the story telling the students have been focusing on, and the Māori story they will be telling with puppets they had made. It all sounds like great starting ideas for something the classes can create when our musicians come in at the end of June, as well as creating songs and pieces of music depicting their time at school. We also talked about making a video recording of the sessions and interviewing each student with some questions they had come up with themselves about their time at school, which could be put together with a video of the final performance and make a memento of their time at Stewart Headlam. We'll be heading back at the beginning of June to do a final planning meeting, so keep your eyes peeled for blogs about this project later in the year.
Something else we notice at a lot of schools we visit is the huge cupboards of instruments they have, and how little they seem to be used! So many teachers say to us "I'm not musical enough" or "someone from another organisation comes in to do our music teaching." Have you read this article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/feb/04/music-lessons-schools-ofsted about Ofsted's opinion of music teaching? Do you think it's okay to stop having music lessons in the lead up to exam time? Do we only do music lessons to identify the musicians of the future, or should we be teaching listening skills too? Do teachers need to be taught how to use music in the classroom, or should we just leave it to 'experts' from outside?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Vanessa and Vicky have been busy today, attending the first sessions with two of the schools participating in the Orchestra's Peter & the Wolf project - Parkwood School in Hackney and St Agnes in Tower Hamlets.