Current Training

Music Teacher’s Toolbox

When
Saturday, 24th November, 2018

10am – 4pm

Where?
Edinburgh

EH16 4NT

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Programme

Our November programme is still being put together. Please see below for an example of the kinds of sessions you can expect. 

Creativity with BBC Ten Pieces
– Learn how to make the most out of BBC Ten Pieces resources
– Develop composition and creativity activities
– Further the scope of your performances and concerts

Progression and Transition
– Learn new ways to progress your pupils from Figurenotes to standard notation
– Develop strategies for each age group and ability
– Fun games and exercises to make progression seem less scary

Play Together
– Try instruments you don’t think you can play in our band setup
– Learn to use these in your teaching
– Popular tunes for groups and individuals

Software
– Learn to create your own tunes and resources
– Transform your Sibelius or MuseScore resources into Figurenotes
– Get your software questions answered in this hands-on tutorial

Along with warm up and game ideas, Q&A session, and more!

For all music educators and practitioners. Invigorating CPD from the leading organisation in inclusive music. Incorporate Figurenotes into your music teaching toolbox and learn how everyone can play to their full potential!

Figurenotes is a notation that uses colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm, with a very clear progression towards conventional notation. People at different levels of reading can play together and progress at their own pace.

How much

£64.99 (£58.50 for members of our Resource Base. Use the code ‘RB2018‘ at checkout)

How do I book?
Booking will open via our online shop. Here you can either pay by PayPal, credit/debit card, or request an invoice. Refunds cannot be made for non-attendance. If you would like to send a purchase order, please email these to info@drakemusicscotland.org.

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For more information email laurenclay@drakemusicscotland.org or call 0131 659 4766

What do we get up to?

What our trainees say...

The course was very thorough! It was really valuable to have the practical examples and see how many different ways there are to put them into action.
Jelena Sipila
A great mix of engaging activities and useful information. Thanks for the day! This will come in handy 🙂
Jelena Sipila
I gained a thorough understanding of the use of Figurenotes. I have encountered it before, but today I figures out how to use it more professionally. Also, it was great to learn to use the notation software - this will be very helpful in the future.
Jelena Sipila
Lovely staff- very relaxed and experienced, and supportive all day. Great music making experience. Thank you very much.
Maria Kelly
Looking at ways to introduce simple music making to young people was really useful. The most valuable part of the day was getting the chance to play the instruments using Figurenotes and looking at composing.
Maria Kelly
Good to get ideas for using/introducing Figurenotes into classroom teaching. Good to hear how other people use the software. Nice mix of activities. Thank you. It was a really fun day 🙂
Meg Dowling
Great to be reminded of tricks and shortcuts on the software. Awesome to play in the band, and great composing ideas. I loved getting to just play and be out of my comfort zone. All of it is valuable! Thank you.
Mo Malcolm-Gourley
No matter how often I attend these training days, there is always something new to learn, and new ideas to share and take back. Great day meeting lots of interesting people and thinking about new ways of working.
Annona Thornton
Thank you - I really enjoyed the training course, especially the opportunity to use the software, bring new ideas, and create film music.
Karen McCondichie
Fab day! Thank you 🙂
Joe McGuire
The whole day was really valuable. It has been useful in every way possible!
Audrey Mackay
The day has been great! The games with Figurenotes gave me lots of new ideas. The computer session was really helpful and answered lots of my questions about how to do things. The band session was fun and illustrated how to get a group going. It was much better than I expected, as I had no idea what to expect! Loads of questions answered! Presenters were great! Thank you so much for a brilliant and inspiring day!
Amanda Frew
A well organised day; good pace. Really well resources, with instruments, computers, etc. Ideas for how to teach Figurneotes in the early stages was really useful. Breaking down the content into manageable chunks and progressing. Great to put it all together in the band session.
Johnathan Westrup – Drake Music (England)
Today was very useful. I can work on rhythm and pulse using Figurenotes to make it enjoyable for my pupils. Everything we covered was beyond my expectation. It was really valuable to have the different kinds of games you can play using simple materials. The adaptability of everything covered was really valuable.
Janet Okumu – Kodaly Instructor
Ideas for different ways of reading music, which will be very useful for a couple of students struggling with standard notation. The games ideas will be really useful too. Thank you!
Marit Falt
Learned more about using the software, which will help me build resources for my school. Loved the practical band skills. I can see this working really well in the classroom. I also enjoyed the games - would use them with ASN pupils and S1/S2. The most valuable aspect of the day was the band skills - seeing Figurenotes used on various instruments and how it might work in a group setting.
Jacqui Cockburn
The day was exactly what I needed to make me feel wildly enthusiastic again. [My partner] may find me hard to live with for the next few weeks!
Annona Thornton
Renews enthusiasm with new ideas of different way of working. Sharing ideas with other musicians and getting new ones. Excellent day. Great fun. Well done! Continue doing the good work.
Annona Thornton
Great range of ideas for using and adapting Figurenotes, including games, band, and technology. I will be able to apply some of these ideas straight away, easily adapt others, and work on the technology aspect too.
Susannah Breaden – YourDNA Creative Arts
It's been so awesome. Having fun just reminded me to be using Figurenotes more. Absolutely loved the games, the skittles, the software - loved it all! Thank you for having me!
Mo Malcolm-Gourley
I've got lots of new ideas to use as teaching methods for pupils who struggle with music notation and had a laugh at the same time!
Jen Austin

Great to have new ideas, learn how to adapt various instruments and experience band arrangements. Also great to have software queries cleared up. Very thorough and staff answered all queries and questions. Thank you. A wonderful day!

Musician and Tutor

Figurenotes, starting simply for my ASN pupils, is very relatable and doable. The fact that I can make my own unique music and resources, and so can my pupils, is so valuable. Really enjoyed the training day. Extremely valuable for my pupils

ASN Teacher

Great to see that there is a useful resource to compliment me or others in delivering REAL music lessons. Really useful to see how Figurenotes can start basic and develop to full musical writing and composition.

Chloe Douglas – Primary Teacher

By attempting instruments myself I realised how easily we could help the children to access instruments. Learning to play Manic Monday on the guitar was the most valuable aspect of the day. I've waited my whole life for this LOL! Seriously though, this illustrated the above point.

Colette Edie – Support Teacher

Delighted to be shown a new way of teaching notation. A very nice mix of activities/information delighted with the 3 different presenters. Never got bored. Great! When can I attend more of this?

Dorothy Mutch – Music CST

Fantastic to find out about ways that kids who can't speak or read can learn to read music. Also, finding out that I can play guitar! Fantastic course - paced to perfection! Very engaging and appropriate.

Rachel Paterson – Principal Teacher ASN

The training day gave me ideas of rhythm-making games and tasks to use with pupils with severe and complex needs. Great to be given opportunities to see practical ways to engage pupils and to make music-making accessible. I thought the day was well delivered. An excellent blend of theory and informational content, along with thoroughly enjoyable practical tasks. I loved the day!

Vikki Bridgewood – Additional Needs Support Teacher
If only all CPD left you feeling like this!
Vikki Bridgewood – Additional Needs Support Teacher
It's the tool I've been looking for for a long time
Isobel Burnie – Music Teacher