Educational Projects

Live classical performances need to be brought to a wider variety of venues in order to reach a greater diversity of people. Schools are one such venue, and an important one in my opinion. I strongly believe in the importance of music education in inspiring and enthusing people and I’m passionate about making a difference through exciting projects. I’ve found that every new experience in education brings a wealth of different challenges and lessons and it has been some of the most rewarding work that I’ve done. Innovative projects encompassing performance, composition and music-making, especially collaborations within schools, are vital in creating a wider enjoyment of classical music.

In July 2015 I successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performing Arts Leadership. My case study explored children’s representations of music through movement, visual, musical and verbal responses and how these could be interpreted to gain insight in to their understanding of music. This research led a new area of interest for me: the Dalcroze Method.

Below you can read about music workshops that are currently available for bookings; some of my past experience in education and outreach and some of my visions for large-scale projects that I would like to create in the future. Education is an area that thrives on variety of experience and approach and so if you have any opinions about my ideas or want to share your own then please do contact me.

 

Music Workshops currently offered

Classical Piano Performance Workshop for Primary School aged children

Aim of the Performance/Workshop
To deliver a fun and enjoyable performance of classical piano music to young students, giving them the chance to experience a live classical music performance and get to know a little about the music they are hearing, with the aim of furthering their interest in classical music.
Method
Short, child-friendly classical pieces will be introduced with interactive group activities, such as songs, short stories, movements and body percussion games. Each piece will be individually introduced in this manner, highlighting aspects of the music for the students to listen out for or think about, and then will be performed for the students.
Target Audience
The Performance/Workshop is on offer to primary-school-aged children and will be tailored to the audience age depending whether the group is EYFS, KS1, KS2, or a mixture. The audience size is at the discretion of the school, and can range from a small group of 10-20 children up to large groups of 100+ students. (It is recommended that for EYFS the group size is a maximum of 60, in order for the students to get the most out of the Performance/Workshop.)
Length of the session
The full-length session is 1 hour long. For younger audiences, a shorter session is recommended. A rough guideline is:
KS2: 1 hour session
KS1: 35min session
EYFS: 25min session
Price
The price depends on the total length of the Performance/Workshop session(s) booked by a school. Please contact Tara for further details.
Feedback from a Performance/Workshop given at Fitzjohn’s Primary School (London NW3) in June 2011
“A unique idea and a great way to allow the children to be exposed to some beautiful music” (Year 2 classroom teacher)
“Not just an excellent musician but you showed a good understanding of how children learn, and had their attention throughout.” (Year 5 classroom teacher)

Piano Recital and/or Masterclass for Secondary School Music Students

A great opportunity for older students to experience a live classical music performance and a chance for them to meet a young classical musician and ask any questions they may have about classical music, or about working as a musician.
The session can be tailored to suit your needs, and could comprise any combination of the following:

  • A full recital (1 and a half hours including a 20min interval)
  • A shorter recital (performance length to be agreed) with spoken introductions to the music and time for questions and answers.
  • A masterclass for student pianists.

 

Past workshop experience

September 2014, ongoing
Artis Specialist Leader: Performing Arts Workshop Leader working in various state primary schools in London.
(For more information about Artis visit http://www.artiseducation.com/)

May-July 2013
Workshop Pianist for Haringey Shed

  • Accompanied weekly performing arts worshops in an inner-city London state primary school, playing piano pieces, songs and improvisations.
  • Composed new songs for children to learn and perform, using material and ideas that the children had come up with during sessions. Taught and rehearsed the song with the children.

October 2011
Performance and Masterclass
Fortismere Secondary School

  • Gave a short performance to GCSE and 6th Form music students followed by a questions and answers session about being a musician.
  • Gave a masterclass to 3 Sixth Form pianists working with them on repertoire by Poulenc, Smetena and Chopin.

June 2011
Classical Piano Workshop
Fitzjohn’s Primary School

  • Planned, prepared and delivered two interactive performances/workshops, one for infants and one for juniors.
  • The sessions gave students an introduction into classical piano music through performances of pieces/excerpts by Prokofiev, Haydn, Ravel and Debussy that were introduced with fun and interactive activities including singing and clapping games.

November 2008 – September 2011
RCM Sparks Workshop Assistant

  • September 2011: ‘Mussorgsky’ Workshop (One day)
  • April 2010: ‘Easter Music’ Workshop (One day)
  • July-August 2009: ‘Summer Music’ day-workshops.
  • June 2009: ‘One Sun One World’ (Four-week project)
  • March 2009: Teenage Cancer Trust Workshops. (One week)
  • Nov-Dec 2008: Brent Music Enrichment Project. (Six weeks)
July 2009
Co-presenter and performer in a music workshop day at Fitzjohns Primary SchoolJuly 2008
Music Workshop Leader at JKGT College, Brent

June 2008
Music Workshop Leader at Tarbert Comprehensive School, Ireland

 

Ideas for the future…

Concert Project in Schools

The idea

The idea behind this project is that through familiarity with classical music comes a greater enjoyment. The project, therefore, incorporates listening to live performances with active music-making. The aim of the project is that students will experience making and performing music in a fun supportive environment and will also attend a concert of which the programme has been introduced during the series through hearing/playing extracts of the music or learning about the composers/works/performers/ideas etc. Therefore the music that they hear performed will no longer be a foreign entity but something of which they already have a certain knowledge and understanding.

The plan

  • Long-term projects (running for 6-12 weeks) going in to schools to run regular workshops (probably every week.)
  • Workshops lead to a final public performance (for family, friends etc.)
  • Workshop series also culminates in a trip to a classical concert.
  • The workshop series will be geared towards a theme (e.g. piece of music, composer, genre or more general idea) that is represented in the concert that students will be taken to at the end of the series.
  • Emphasis of workshops will be on building students’ performing and composing abilities in a fun atmosphere.
  • Workshops will also provide students with the opportunity to hear classical music performances through incorporation of regular live performances by workshops leaders/assistants. Performances will include brief spoken introductions about the music and instruments and where possible will link to the theme of the series.
  • Each project will be planned and adjusted to the particular age group/abilities of students as well as varied in theme depending on the concert chosen for trip.
  • In addition to normal requirements, workshop leaders/assistants will need to be confident to give a short performance. Good candidates for this may be conservatiore students or graduates.