Friday Afternoons - Figurenotes Resources

Inclusive Resources for Choirs

Snape Maltings’ Friday Afternoons project encourages young people to sing. With newly commissioned songs and resources, teachers are able to get their classes singing and creating.

Friday Afternoons asked Figurenotes to transcribe some of their songs into stage 1 and stage 3 Figurenotes notation. By creating more accessible resources, we encourage more inclusive music practices, as well as injecting some colourful fun into rehearsals.

You can access Figurenotes resources through our Resource Base and through the Friday Afternoons Song Bank.

Figurenotes score of Jonathan Dove's 'The Little Girl of Rain'

Resource Base

Sign up to our Resource Base for downloadable vocal arrangements, as well as a library of songs for bands, nursery rhymes, and a whole host of other resources.

Practice with Figurenotes

What is Figurenotes?

progressive notation that uses colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. Let it guide you through 3 simple stages to reach standard notation without letting your reading slow your skill on your instrument.

Song Bank

Song Bank

Visit the Friday Afternoons Song Bank to discover vocal arrangements using Figurenotes notation in stages 1 and 3, alongside those using conventional notation.

My less able piano pupils are finding piano lessons much more joyful using stage 3 Figurenotes and I'm about to start using stage 1, 2 and 3 at primary school to teach recorder and keyboard.

Felicity Palmer

I’d just like to thank you and the team for an amazing day last Saturday. I’d love if it was on again this weekend! I’ll definitely be over for next one in March.

Luke Cranitch, Music Teacher

I've realised Figurenotes can be used not just in school, but also with my private pupils. Really valuable to try out the practical activities. Thanks very much!

Emma Wright, Primary Teacher

Really brilliant! I learned a lot and had a good time. Keep it up!

Clare McBrien, Community Music Leader

Thank you! It was great to experience Figurenotes in person and have the opportunity to talk to the professionals.

Shannon Stevenson

We were shown the skills to create lessons for all abilities. I'll be able to create arrangements and resources for all levels. The course leaders were great. Excellent delivery of the course. Interactive and easy to understand. Fantastic course, and it was delivered at the right level for me and my knowledge.

Craig Hart, Secondary Music Teacher

Useful to get a refresher for general music teaching, as well as learning how to use Figurenotes. Thank you!

Lorna Williamson, Big Noise Teacher

Lots of new ideas and tips, plus refresher to help think about different music situations. Lots of ideas and good networking opportunities. Thank you!

Gordon Turnbull, Music Teacher (ASN)

Music Teacher's Toolbox has given me a new way to approach teaching, making music easier to understand and play. Everything was fantastic! I got a very comprehensive understanding of Figurenotes. I'll be back for the next one!

Luke Cranitch, Music Teacher

A great day. Many thanks! Really useful to try different things and get new ways to approach introducing rhythm and pulse.

Scott Coutts, Music Teacher (Secondary)

It has been absolutely amazing. I have learned so much from the first session to the whole day. I have so many ideas and I'm more confident going forward. It is perfectly formed. Really valuable to refresh my knowledge and being able to embed the learning. Thank you so much for allowing me to come.

Maureen Malcolm-Gourley

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