By Janet Moore - Director - SparkedEcho
SparkedEcho are pleased to announce that we are in the Cultural Catalogue 2019/20 for Thurrock schools.
The catalogue has been developed by the Thurrock Trailblazer programme, which is supported by the Royal Opera House. It aims to offer access to the arts for young people, cross-curricular activities and CPD for teachers.
We are offering the following workshops (as listed in the catalogue):
Sonic Classroom - CPD for teachers
A unique CPD opportunity where teachers will be supported to embed mobile music technology into their classroom practice across the curriculum. Music technologist Kevin will take teachers through a series of activities to inspire and help them be creative with existing tech already to hand.
You will try out live looping using the Loopy HD app, use the Soundtrap web sequencer, and layer sound on voice recorders. You will also learn how to conduct a video game orchestra and create sound-storytelling.
There will be time to create and try out your own sonic activity with the group, be inspired by a series of activity ideas and to reflect on your developing teaching practice
Story Soundscape - for KS1-2 and SEND
Primary school students and teachers are invited into the world of storytelling through sound. Led by Kevin Grist students will become sound collectors with a mission to compose their own immersive soundscape, exploring sound effects, surround sound and video games along the way.
During this immersive session, students will explore how sound can create a mood for telling stories – on TV, video games and theatre. They will also have a go at live composing for a video game.
In addition, outside and inside listening exercises (inclusive for those with hearing impairments) are part of students undertaking field recording and collecting sounds.
Folk Songwriting: Daily News - for KS3-5 and SEND
Co-write, record and perform a new folk song with duo Naomi and Paul. Lyrics and music will be inspired by stories in the local newspaper of the day. This practical workshop is a must for students and teachers interested in developing skills in songwriting, lyrics and composition, linking it to local history and literature.
During the workshop there will be a live demonstration, unpicking the elements of a folk song and exploring classic works.
Students will be busy creating a new song directly inspired by the local newspaper, taking part in activities to uncover composition; use of key, tempo, time an arrangement options.
Lyric writing and vocal delivery techniques will be achieved through activities that overcome any writer’s block. By the end of the workshop the group will have a recording and group performance of the finished song ready to share to an audience.
If you are a Thurrock school, applications for the 2019/20 programme are now open*.
To apply for the workshops, you can find out more and download the catalogue here.
*The application window closes on Friday 24 May 2019.