Music for Everyone (est. 1983) is committed to making a difference to people’s lives through the creativity and enjoyment of music. We support people to discover and develop their musical interest, abilities and aspirations at all levels. Music for Everyone is an open, welcoming and collaborative organisation. We build a sense of community and belonging through the high quality musical experiences we provide for participants, audiences and our staff. We aspire to enhance the inclusivity of our programme by building partnerships with likeminded organisations, so we can reach more people through our work.

Back to Basics

The first day of the Summer School was intended for those with little experience of the technical aspects of music, but it was helpful that some with more experience had chosen to come too, they lentP1110183 their neighbours a hand.

Through the double act of Angela and Alex, we got to grips with notation, time signatures and rhythm. Angela used various beverages to help us feel the difference in length of notes: tea – crotchet, coffee – two quavers, coca cola – four semi quavers, and beer – a minim. Someone wanted to know the drink for demi-semi-quavers. Suggestions on a postcard please.

The instrumentalists went to the recital hall to look at transposing instruments, how individual parts work and how they fit together. Angela talked about the importance of counting rests by numbering the bars on the first beat: 1 2 3 4, 2 2 3 4, etc. She explained that brass players with oodles of bars rest can “read the newspaper, drink a pint of beer and still come in on time”. That’s what the trumpeter in me likes to hear.

Alex helped the singers tackle intervals (the gap between one note and the next) and reading the dots. Oh, and not forgetting reading the rests, of course.

We were all reminded of the importance of inserting pencil marks into copies:

  • to mark our particular part and aid navigation
  • to highlight the dynamics and the style the conductor requests
  • to make it easier to not just sing this note and that but to produce a nuanced performance that comes from the heart

As Angela said, no one can remember all those details, there is no shame in using a pencil!

After tea we tried our hand at conducting. P1110196For this session instrumentalist played and vocalists sang – fun as well as informative.  Then that was it for today. Repertoire days to come. Now where’s my music… ?

Helena 

Comments on: "Back to Basics" (1)

  1. Pat Marshall said:

    Thank you for all your meticulous organisation for a great music week We were only able to attend part of the first day Apollo 5 were excellent singers and a very attractive charming group. the first session however did go on too long for an age group such as ours I am sure you will break in between another year as one and a quarter hours was a bit much, Apollo gave us a great concert and Angela and Alex’s afternoon sessions were first class and amusing. Well done and hopefully we can spend more time next year at the music school

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