‘OFF THE PEG’ WORKSHOPS

These are workshops ‘ready to go’

‘TAILOR MADE’ WORKSHOPS

These are music workshops that you specifically request. They can be based around ideas described in the ‘Off The Peg’ workshops or can be something completely different, not describe, which I can provide for you. I have the experience and success over the years of running workshops and groups for all types of composition and instrumental combination!! (See Workshop Experience)

‘Off The Peg’  WORKSHOPS – Anthems

Rehearsal workshops around 'In Your Life' (for singing ensembles)
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Rehearsal Workshop around 'Everything Is Possible' (for singing ensembles)
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Rehearsal Workshop around 'New Day' (for singing ensembles)
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Anthem Workshop (for singing ensembles/classes)
Creating an Anthem
Lyric writing, understanding strong song structures, creating structured melodic lines, creating chord progressions, adding instrumental accompaniment, creating interesting vocal backings

‘A’ Level: creating strong and varied verse/chorus structures; creating complex variation between different verses; using complex harmonic devices; creating complex/effective instrumental lines – complex riff lines, call and response, countermelodic lines

GCSE: creating strong and varied verse/chorus structures; creating variation between different verses; using interesting harmonic devices; creating effective and contrasting instrumental lines – riff lines, call and response, countermelodic lines

KS3: Creating effective lyric writing to fit an anthem genre; creating contrasting verse and chorus ideas – melody, chords; Creating riff lines; Using instruments to add interest

KS2: Composing effective lyrics to fit the Anthem genre; composing melodies for a verse and chorus; using chords to accompany the melodic line

3 ANTHEM SONGS

I have written 3 anthem type songs designed to raise morale and focus on pride in achievement.  They have all been recorded at recording studios and so consequently can be rehearsed and performed with original backings.  However, I have also provided a piano backing to accompany them to.

‘Everything Is Possible’, ‘In Your Life’ and ‘New Day’ can be performed in parts, unison or as a solo.

Piece 1: 'Everything Is Possible'
A strong stoic song and as the title suggests, reflects that everything and anything is possible to achieve when you work hard and work together. The verse is a strong ‘hymnal melody followed by a catchy chorus section. There are intended unison sections, harmonies and a countermelody within the song all of which are optional.
Piece 2: 'In Your Life'
This is a more reflective song which is based more on optimism and looking on the brighter side of life when life is difficult.  It is written in 2 parts with solo and unison possibilities as well as a counter melodic line.
Piece 3: 'New Day'
An uplifting, happy song that has a Gospel feel about it which reflects on the positive side of life and achievement.  It has a series of catchy tunes that fit together which make it a very accessible part song appropriate for all singers including students at KS2.

‘Off The Peg’  WORKSHOPS: (Primary Songs)

Rehearsal workshops around 'Makes You Happy' (for singing ensembles)
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer

 

Rehearsal workshops around 'Blows The Blues Away' (for singing ensembles)
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Rehearsal Workshop around 'New Day' (for singing ensembles)
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer

 

3 PRIMARY SONGS

I have written 3 songs designed for Primary Schools.  They are all arranged for part singing around repetitive chord progressions and are consequently easy to learn melodies. All 3 songs are in 3 parts but can be adapted for unison or only using some of the parts. I have provided full scores as well as  lyric sheet and piano or in some cases band backings to aid rehearsal.

Piece 1: 'Makes You Happy'
A very catchy tune written in verse and chorus. This could be easily adapted for both KS1 and KS2: it can be sung in unison or with 2 other parts.
Piece 2: 'Blows The Blues Away'
A very catchy, foot tapping song written in the 12 bar blues.  This is appropriate for KS2 and has the option of being sung in 2 or 3 parts.  Because the lyrics in the verse don’t change it makes it very easy to learn.
Piece 3: 'New Day'
An uplifting, happy song that has a Gospel feel about it which reflects on the positive side of life and achievement.  It has a series of catchy tunes that fit together which make it a very accessible part song particularly appropriate for the upper years at KS2.

Pricing

Prices for workshops to be discussed depending on requirements:

From: £130 for a half day or £250 for a full day

 

‘…..a lot of us were stressed out about improvisation but I think the way you did it was great when you’re really not confident, as we weren’t singled out’  Fran, Ten Sax player (Kirklees Jazz)

'Really enjoyed the experience of working with you on new piece. Felt that we (the band) were making a contribution to your music'  Trev,  Baritone Sax player (Farnley Tyas Jazz Group)

'An exciting and different sounding piece'

Amanda

Musical Director/Alto Saxophone, Honley Dance Orchestra

'The classes have helped to take an idea and turn it into a fully formed song'

Parent

'The pieces you write are really enjoyable to play and work really well'

Trev

Baritone Sax Player , Farnley Tyas Jazz Group

'Blow Away The Blues' has a great swing feel and catchy melody. A great way to introduce part singing and 12 bar blues classroom work, ideal for my Year 5s

Amanda

Wakefield Music School

I thought JT Blues was a really catchy tune, not difficult to sight read and were very enjoyable to play for the first time. We will practice this and include playing it in our future gigs

Lynda

Alto Sax, Nytebeat

'The song writing workshop was a really useful way to learn about techniques used in music'

Parent

'I enjoyed playing the new pieces and thought they would be a good inclusion in our March dance gig'

Tony W

Ten Sax, Nytebeat

'Makes You Happy' would be lovely for younger children using one part or more

Amanda

Wakefield Music School

Really good tune .... we really enjoy playing something that's different

Dave

Ten Sax, Farnley Tyas Jazz Group

'My son has really enjoyed attending the song writing workshop and now feels much more confident when he plays in his own rock band'

Parent

‘An explosion of Afro beats and catchy melodies, Jerry Moore’s ‘Africa’ keeps toes tapping and provides a refreshing contrast to our big band set’.

Amanda

Musical Director/Alto Saxophone, Honley Dance Orchestra

'New Day' would make an effective end of term song, particularly for Year 6 with its positive message

Amanda

Wakefield Music School

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