Music & Performing Arts

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show is launching a competition to find a child who can lend their voice to the award-winning event.

Auditions are open for the Voice of The Enchanted Forest competition, which is calling for children aged between 5 and 12 to record a script to be used during the month-long event at Pitlochry's Faskally Wood this October.

The winning Voice will appear in a recording to be played to tens of thousands of visitors as they travel by bus from Pitlochry to the forest for the event, which organisers expect to be another sell-out. The Voice will welcome visitors to the forest and remind them of some important health and safety messages.

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

A new improvisation course has been developed to help young people develop key skills in social interaction, communication, and confidence. 

The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) has teamed up with The Nursery to offer courses for 15-18 year olds to introduce them to the core principles of improvisation, and positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both inside and outside the clasroom. 

Students can embark on the eight-week Saturday course this autumn, or enjoy free one to two hour taster classes in schools across London.

Students Perform Song Dedicated to Tottenham First World War Hero

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A century on from his death, Tottenham soldier Private George Baxter Lowson has been celebrated in a fitting, contemporary memorial created by two students from Vale Special School, Haringey. 

Jhonattan and Zac were so inspired by the story of George Baxter Lowson that they wrote and produced their song and rap, ‘My Mate George’, which was performed in London and Belgium as part of the Battle of Passchendaele commemorations. 

The creation of the song followed the students’ participation in the government-funded First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme in February 2015, during which they visited Ypres and The Somme, and were accompanied by their Deputy Headteacher, Tony Millard.                                           

Conference programme online for inaugural Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester!

Music & Drama Education Expo

Rhinegold Media & Events is delighted to announce the conference programme for the first Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester; the Northern region’s leading free CPD event for music & drama teachers.

 

Taking place on 4 October 2017 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, the free show will offer a day of high-quality CPD, unrivalled networking opportunities and the chance to try out hundreds of products at our comprehensive exhibition.

 

Sarah Lambie, Head of Content (Drama) said:

Local Worcestershire school is the first to collaborate with Berlin based piano learning platform,

 Bringing technology to the forefront of traditional music teaching

As schools adapt to the necessary and imminent integration of technology in education, Bishop Perowne Church of England College in Worcestershire has become the first school in the UK to use an online piano learning platform to assist in the teaching and learning ofmusic students. 

In 2016 a partnership began between Berlin based start-up Skoove (www.skoove.com) and Bishop Perowne College, with the aim to fully incorporate Skoove as a classroom tool to aidmusic lessons throughout the school. 

Reason behind the project

Ivor Novello Award winner hits a high note bringing music to study

Studytracks, the revolutionary student study app and brain child of Ivor Novello award-winner George Hammond-Hagan, has been credited with one of the education sector’shighest accolades: an Education Resource Award.

Studytracks was named Start-up of the Year at the Education Resources Awards on Friday night; the awards honour the quality and diversity of products supporting learning in schools. 

Start Your Legacy with pBuzz

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Discover the joy of music in seconds, learn to play in minutes and enjoy for a lifetime.

More eye-catching than a recorder, lighter than a drum and easier to play than a xylophone - pBuzz makes for a magical, musical playtime.

pBuzz is brand new musical instrument from Warwick Music Group, the makers of the pBone and pTrumpet. Designed to encourage young children into brass playing, pBuzz is the perfect fun alternative to the recorder or other traditional first-time instruments. Easy to play, brightly coloured and lightweight for little hands, pBuzz provides the first step on any child’s musical journey. 

School plays

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PLAYSTAGE JUNIOR

We have been selling quality school plays to English speaking schools around the world for 15 years. Since Playstage Junior started in 2002, our plays have been performed by English-speaking primary schools and youth groups in 43 countries! And we are always reaching new markets! In 2016, for example, as well as attracting many, many customers from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, we sold plays to schools in Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Tibet, The Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Guatemala, Malta, Gibraltar, Spain, India, China, Russia, Botswana, Nigeria and Hong Kong.

iF Design Award 2017 goes to Musicon!

A revolutionary musical instrument for children invented in Poland has won the most prestigious design award. iF Design Award 2017 goes to Musicon! 

- We are extremely happy to receive this award. What is incredible is that the award night is right after the launching our Kickstarter campaign. The campaign launch date is March 1st and it will help us to receive enough funding to begin production of Musicons – explains Kamil Laszuk, designer of Musicon.

Brass for Beginners

Brass for Beginners

Brass for Beginners, an American venture which introduces children to brass instruments through the use of natural trumpets, is to launch its products into the UK. Brass for Beginners is the first brass programme geared specifically for the primary school classroom. It is a ‘learn by ear’ method utilizing a cross-disciplinary curriculum and a natural trumpet designed for school-age children. 

The story-driven approach, tracing the development and significance of lip-blown instruments throughout human history, engages young learners and helps to place emphasis on musical outcomes while students develop the skills necessary for success in playing modern brass instruments. 

Soundtrap’s Offering in Google for Education’s “Creative Apps for Chromebooks” Expands to UK and Nordics

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Soundtrap, the online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, is expanding its participation in Google for Education's “Creative Apps for Chromebooks” program to include the UK and Nordics.  Soundtrap, from Sweden, which launched to the public in early 2015, rolled out an education version of its audio recording platform one year later, with a predominant focus on the US, Europe and Australia. Since then, more than 200 new schools each week embrace Soundtrap as a preferred educational tool in their classrooms. Moreover, Soundtrap has now more than one million users worldwide. 

New partnership announced to inspire young writers

roalddahl.gifTwo major organisations have joined forces to inspire the next generation of writers. 

YPO, the UK’s largest public sector buying organisation, is working with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate to create specialist lesson plans on each of the world-famous author’s best-known stories. 

The plan include Roald Dahl favourites such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Fantastic Mr Fox, to deliver engaging and creative lessons on writing and reading as well as introducing ideas around friendship, behaviour, identity and reward. 

BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.