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 loved learning how they work with Figurenotes already and sharing our best practice tips and tricks as well.

We explored different methodologies and discussed alternative ways of working alongside disabled musicians to create beautiful pieces of music and creating space and time for people to play instruments and have fun together.

We exchanged knowledge on composition and creative play, free form improvisation using Figurenotes and colours as inspiration, and of course, our infamous Play Together sessions where we make a rock band in five minutes. If you have ever been to one of our training days you will know what we are talking about. You can find more information on our training offers here.

It was great to see the new Figurenotes Software in action on smart boards and iPads. Plus, we could access our scores from anywhere with an internet connection!

Our heads are full of new ideas and reflections on great work happening the other side of the pond.

Big thanks to Dr. Kim McCord of Just Accessible Music (JAM) for hosting us and in general being the best and a sage full of knowledge and advice. Great discussions were had and looking forward to future collaborations!

Special thanks to all the students we met from New York University and University of Bridgeport for putting accessibility first in your practice. You are the future of music making!

Last but not least, big thanks to Creative Scotland. None of this would be possible without the support of the YMI CPD Fund administered by Scottish Music Centre. Thank you to all who helped us get there.

Keep an eye on our socials for more updates on our trip to New York and upcoming events!

Get in touch if you would like to arrange a knowledge exchange with us:


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