Getting started with the right instrument
The benefits of playing an instrument go further than the enjoyment of music. Here Sally Phillips provides some useful guidance for helping parents and teachers choose the right guitar for their children: “a very good place to start.”
Focus, interconnectedness and rock sculptures
Primary Art Teacher Natalie Catlett loves to feel the energy in her classrooms, but this energy has to be channeled positively. She has found that using elements of nature in class and manipulating rocks to form sculptures can have a calming effective.
HomePlace, the new arts centre celebrating the work of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney opened in September to considerable acclaim. Andy Homden dropped in recently for a tour, some poems, a few songs and a bite to eat. He found more than he bargained for. Even if poetry does nothing for you (or your children), find out why you must visit!
This is the ultimate teaching and learning resource. Students of French, history, literature, media studies, science, biology, the environment . . . . and leadership will be totally absorbed. The winner of the 1987 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, is based on the original book by Jean Giono, also reviewed in ITM.
Lighting up the Flame
The Voices Around The World Project releases its latest audio / video single ‘Lighting Up The Flame’ featuring the voices of a record-breaking number of children in schools around the world. Laurie Lewin, the project director, reports.
Sam Howey-Nunn, has been inspired by two remarkable women, the 19th Century computer pioneer, Ada Lovelace and the actor, Zoe Philpott. Sam and Zoe are now collaborating in the production of a a new touring show: “Ada, Ada, Ada”. ITM caught up with Sam to find out more about Ada Lovelace, and how her life is being portrayed in this new performance.
A new on-line international piano competition for young people has just been launched, with global finalists to be invited to compete in one of the world’s great cultural capitals in June – Istanbul.
ITM met the competition organiser, former concert pianist, Benal Tanrisever – Şimşek.
Join Voices around the World to Celebrate the Olympic Year!
Each year, the Voices Around the World project invites schools and choirs of young people around the globe – at no financial cost to themselves – to be involved in making an international music recording. Find out how you school can be involved and “get creative”!
Join Voices Around The World this September
Download the score and audio tracks of Listen to Us for your first school assembly of the year!
You know that a new school year has really started when you hear the sound of children singing coming from the school hall or the music room as you walk past. If you are looking for something new and a little bit different for your first assembly this year, the Voices Around the World (VATW) project might just be what you are looking for.
During 2015, over 33,000 students from schools around the globe shared in a common musical learning experience – to master one of the vocal parts for a new song called Listen To Us, which united young people around the world as part of the Voices Around The World (VATW) project. This was the third year of the project and has involved over 1,400 national, independent and international schools. For details about downloading Listen to Us, how to make a donation and to learn more about how your school can get involved in the special 2016 Olympic project, click on the VATW logo.
Buskers and Festivals: the memorable music of summer
If you’re a music lover and in London or Edinburgh over the holidays it is unlikely you will have overlooked the dates of the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (the “Proms”) at the Royal Albert Hall or the Edinburgh Festival. And then there’s the wonderful Boston Symphony orchestra season at Tanglewood – if you’re in New England.
Discover or rediscover the genius of arguably the greatest female singer-songwriter of the last 50 years
If you are planning to be in New York or London in the near future and are looking for an out of the ordinary, entertaining evening at the theatre, seriously consider BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical. Be prepared to be entertained as the curtain rises on this musical version of a wonderful artist’s life and career.
In March 2015 Californian artist David Best installed a major new work on a hillside overlooking the River Foyle in Ireland – but it would only be in place for a week before being burned. Jan Homden visited the site and found it to be a moving experience. David Best is certainly a name to look out for on your travels.