Music Teacher’s Toolbox
Saturday, 21st March, 2020
10am – 4pm
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For all music educators and practitioners. Invigorating CPD from the leading organisation in inclusive music. Incorporate Figurenotes into your music teaching toolbox and learn how everyone can play to their full potential!
Figurenotes is a notation that uses colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm, with a very clear progression towards conventional notation. People at different levels of reading can play together and progress at their own pace.
You’ll be guided through Figurenotes, from how it works to its many applications. The following sessions are some highlights from the programme:
Creative Composition – Using BBC 10 Pieces with a sci-fi twist, we will concoct some mind-bending group compositions. You’ll learn how to build and adapt an idea in an inclusive setting, allowing a range of abilities and needs to flourish.
Rhythm – All musicians need to develop a solid sense of pulse. Through rhythm games and challenges, learn how to create pulse and rhythmic complexity in your pupils. Figurenotes notation shows rhythm in a very logical way, which then transitions easily to standard notation.
Instruments and Ensembles – Learn how to use Figurenotes on almost any instrument in a variety of settings. From one to one learning, to classroom, and ensembles, you’ll be able to get your pupils playing together quickly and easily.
And don’t forget the mega popular play together! Come and rock out using traditional band instruments alongside technology, such as iPad apps Thumbjam and Garageband.
We can tailor the day to those coming, so the earlier you book, the more we can accommodate your questions. Use your booking form to give us a heads up of what you’d like to learn. There will also be a Figurenotes helpdesk, where our Figurenotes and inclusive music experts from Drake Music Scotland can answer your more specific questions outside of group sessions.
How do I book?
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What our trainees say...
I’d just like to thank you and the team for an amazing day last Saturday. I’d love if it was on again this weekend! I’ll definitely be over for next one in March.
I've realised Figurenotes can be used not just in school, but also with my private pupils. Really valuable to try out the practical activities. Thanks very much!
Really brilliant! I learned a lot and had a good time. Keep it up!
Thank you! It was great to experience Figurenotes in person and have the opportunity to talk to the professionals.
We were shown the skills to create lessons for all abilities. I'll be able to create arrangements and resources for all levels. The course leaders were great. Excellent delivery of the course. Interactive and easy to understand. Fantastic course, and it was delivered at the right level for me and my knowledge.
Useful to get a refresher for general music teaching, as well as learning how to use Figurenotes. Thank you!
Lots of new ideas and tips, plus refresher to help think about different music situations. Lots of ideas and good networking opportunities. Thank you!
Music Teacher's Toolbox has given me a new way to approach teaching, making music easier to understand and play. Everything was fantastic! I got a very comprehensive understanding of Figurenotes. I'll be back for the next one!
A great day. Many thanks! Really useful to try different things and get new ways to approach introducing rhythm and pulse.
It has been absolutely amazing. I have learned so much from the first session to the whole day. I have so many ideas and I'm more confident going forward. It is perfectly formed. Really valuable to refresh my knowledge and being able to embed the learning. Thank you so much for allowing me to come.
Very good indeed!
Figurenotes will allow me to bring more structured learning to the groups and give the young people access to music theory/learning/playing that they haven't had before.
Today's training has been a fantastic experience. Fantastic course and people! Thank you very much!
Great to have new ideas, learn how to adapt various instruments and experience band arrangements. Also great to have software queries cleared up. Very thorough and staff answered all queries and questions. Thank you. A wonderful day!
Figurenotes, starting simply for my ASN pupils, is very relatable and doable. The fact that I can make my own unique music and resources, and so can my pupils, is so valuable. Really enjoyed the training day. Extremely valuable for my pupils
Great to see that there is a useful resource to compliment me or others in delivering REAL music lessons. Really useful to see how Figurenotes can start basic and develop to full musical writing and composition.
By attempting instruments myself I realised how easily we could help the children to access instruments. Learning to play Manic Monday on the guitar was the most valuable aspect of the day. I've waited my whole life for this LOL! Seriously though, this illustrated the above point.
Delighted to be shown a new way of teaching notation. A very nice mix of activities/information delighted with the 3 different presenters. Never got bored. Great! When can I attend more of this?
Fantastic to find out about ways that kids who can't speak or read can learn to read music. Also, finding out that I can play guitar! Fantastic course - paced to perfection! Very engaging and appropriate.
The training day gave me ideas of rhythm-making games and tasks to use with pupils with severe and complex needs. Great to be given opportunities to see practical ways to engage pupils and to make music-making accessible. I thought the day was well delivered. An excellent blend of theory and informational content, along with thoroughly enjoyable practical tasks. I loved the day!