“I loved my day. Thank you very much. You have inspired me and made me very excited to get back to school and get started. Today has even made me want to learn how to play the guitar!”

Our last Music Teacher’s Toolbox was another fantastic day spent with an enthusiastic group of teachers and musicians. Thank you to everyone that came along and shared the day with us. We always love how much you throw yourself into the band sessions, in particular! There were some excellent renditions of Valerie and many other tunes. Well done for embracing the challenge of playing instruments you haven’t played before.

As part of our focus on BBC Ten Pieces, we created an iPad orchestra using Thumbjam and Figurenotes. Read about how to create Figurenotes overlays for Thumbjam here. Our orchestra played the Figurenotes score for the Lark Ascending (available via BBC Ten Pieces) and our soloists improvised their parts using the pentatonic scale. It sounded beautiful. Hats off to everyone that was using Thumbjam for the first time and sight-reading their part.

We then heard some wonderful compositions from each of our small groups. Each composition was based on a different piece from the BBC Ten Pieces lists. We were treated to a jazz interpretation of Firebird; an exciting rendition of Hall of the Mountain King using iPads, chime bars, and ingenious use of a Wowee speaker and ocean drum; as well as Mussorgsky with a Latin twist.

Resources from this training day are now on the Resource Base. Not a member? Join for just £23.99 a year. You’ll get discounts on future Music Teacher’s Toolbox events too.

Our next instalment of Music Teacher’s Toolbox will be on Saturday 24th November, 2018. Pop the date in your diaries now.


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