It’s snowing! Time to write a blog! Fri, Dec 03, 2010

by KayTheEd | categories | all articles

This is the second winter in a row like this. I have lived down here for nearly 21 years and can recall only 1 or 2 cold snaps in all that time. The scene outside reminds me of my my childhood in Yorkshire, where such weather was common in winter.

That’s beside the point - I have no pupils to teach so I can catch up with a little news.

About 3 weeks ago I went to visit the Stringbabies project in Surrey along with the Manager for Teaching & Learning at Surrey Arts, Laura Griffin…

We observed 2 groups of children; 6 reception children aged between 4 and 5 years in the first group and then 10 children in year 1 ( aged between 5 and 6 years) in the second group. Violin & cello were being taught in each group.
What was astonishing was that after just 5 weeks, there was clear evidence of solid progress; all the children could recognise, clap written crochet and quaver rhythmic figures as well as compose their own. They could also recognise the symbols for D & A strings, playing and singing the notes accurately and understand simple dynamics. Above all, the children were having such fun - lots of laughter! Yvette & Elaine, who are delivering the programme are two fantastic and very experienced teachers and next term the project will extend to another school.

Lots to do over the next few weeks in preparation for 2011. Just 4 days into the new year I will be talking to staff at Cambridgeshire music service.  No rest for the time being!

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