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Funding for Training

Would you like to join our online Figurenotes course, but don’t have the budget? We can help with that. The wonderful YMI CPD fund is open for 2023! This is one of our favourite funding pots, as it applies to so many of our Figurenoters. Funding is available for training and continued professional development. Aimed […]

Notate – Computer keyboard as MIDI keyboard

Did you know you can use your computer keyboard to input notes into your Figurenotes notation programme? We’ve got a lot of different ways to input notes into your Figurenotes score, so you are spoilt for choice. This one may not be as obvious as others, so we thought it needed a blog post. We […]

Prestonfield Pop Stars

What better way to spend the last few weeks of term than get a whole class band going! In the run up to the winter holidays, Caitlin and Rebecca from the Figurenotes team spent three weeks at Prestonfield Primary School with the Primary 4 class. Focusing on rhythm and composition, we played and created music […]

Screen Reader Access for Notation Software

We have been working closely with our software developer, Tayfusion, and Drake Music Scotland Associate Musician Sorcha Pringle on accessibility within our software. This work has focused on using the Figurenotes notation software with screen readers. Access to music software is extremely limited for people that use screen readers. This isn’t right, so we set […]

What suits you?

After feedback that our current training clashes with the school run (we see you, jugglers) we need your help to refine our options. We want to hear from you. What time of year is best? Which days work with your workload? Which times make life easiest for you? Let us know your thoughts and we […]

YMI asks #YMusicMatters

The Scottish musicians and teachers among you will likely know the Youth Music Initiative well. This music education initiative, funded by the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland, has made so many projects possible over the last 20 years. It is a vital source of funding for the work that so many of us deliver. Drake […]

Figurenotes Online Training Returns

Come and join us for award-winning CPD for music practitioners and educators. Do you want your pupils to learn to play and read music quickly and to their full potential? Develop your teaching practice with Figurenotes, a form of notation that uses colour and shape to aid the first steps of learning music, progressing to […]

Christmas Orders

Tis the season to play jingle bells more times than you care to mention! Yup, that’s right, the festive season is upon us. You might be rushed of your feet with festive concerts and sharing events, or maybe you are counting down the days until you can eat an enormous amount of chocolate in your […]

“Loved it, really inspiring and lots of new ideas, thanks!”

That’s a wrap on the latest Figurenotes training course Figurenotes: Developing Your Practice with a fabulous group of musicians and educators. We had three weekly sessions, each progressing to a different topic. Here’s what we got up to. Week 1 – Figurenotes Rhythm Our first week was spent learning a little about each other and […]

Creative Edinburgh Awards

Summerhall opened its doors to a whole load of local legends on Friday night when it hosted the 10th Annual Creative Edinburgh Awards. “2022’s Awards programme will continue to amplify and unite Edinburgh’s resilient creative ecosystem as we celebrate a decade of hosting the Awards in the City. Combined with our Birthday Bash, we want […]

Figurenotes Hits the Big Apple

What did you do last week? Anything exciting? We did! Drake Music Scotland are back from an exciting trip to New York, sharing practice with students and practitioners at NYU and University of Bridgeport. Armed with our new digital products, we flew over the Atlantic for a short knowledge exchange with our US partners. We […]

Training returns for November

We have great news! Figurenotes training is BACK 🎉 for all teachers, tutors, music practitioners, and music therapists. Join us for Figurenotes: Developing Your Practice, running online in November. Live delivery takes place in small groups on Thursdays, November 10th, 17th, and 24th at 1pm – 3pm (UK time) Not in the UK? Check what […]