This month we would have launched the 22nd annual Hackney Music & Dance Festival, and although this can not happen like many events, we invite young people, families and more to continue the celebration of music-making across Hackney and beyond by taking part in our 30 days music-making activity calendar.
There are a wide range of activities for you to join; from dance workshops, making your own instruments, singalongs and more including a great range of activities from our partners.
In 2019 Hackney Music Service Network Partner the VOCES8 Foundation led a special project with year 1 children and their teachers at Shoreditch Park Primary and Thomas Fairchild Community School. Called Sing Every Day, the project involved teacher training for the classroom teachers and singing workshops for the children led by members of the a cappella group Apollo5. Below, Ann Wright, Director of Education, VOCES8 Foundation reflects upon the project.
The children and teachers learned a variety of warm-ups for their bodies, brains and voices that included creating a magic potion, Peanut the cat on a trampoline and singing I’m alive, alert, awake enthusiastic. They also learned rhythms and melodies from the VOCES8 Method and explored body and vocal percussion through this Method.
Both schools learned a wide variety of songs to use as part of lessons (Mr Double Trouble for Maths was a favourite at Shoreditch Park); to perform in assemblies including One in a million by Emily Barden which celebrates the power of working together to achieve our dreams; and to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing including Apollo5’s arrangement of When you Wish Upon a Star which the children performed at the VOCES8 Centre in concert with Apollo5.
The project was evaluated by Professor Graham Welch and a team of researchers from UCL. Their findings point to the wonderful way in which the classroom teachers embraced the project learning to lead singing confidently and use it every day. The children’s singing improved significantly and at the end of the project scored well above a national database of singing evaluations conducted in UK schools. Additional wider benefits of the project include a positive correlation between the children’s singing development and aspects of executive function, particularly their phonological working memory.
You can see and hear the children and their teachers in this short film about the project:
For more information, about VOCES8 Foundation please visit their website here.
Now in its fifth year, the Singing Strategy Symposium is moving to London for the first time!
This event is for anyone interested in singing, choirs and vocal teaching, including leaders and teachers from music education hubs, schools, and private music organisations. The emphasis of the day is on discussion and debate, with plenty of opportunities for peer-sharing and networking.
There will also be a range of presentations from singing experts, and a trade fair showcasing some of the UK’s best vocal education organisations, including Sing Up, Friday Afternoons, & Out of the Ark.
Beyond the Big Sing: Building a sustainable singing strategy
Singing Strategy Beyond 2020: Will it exist and what will it look like?
Peer Sharing: Singing Warm-Ups and Games hosted by Sing Up
Wisdom of the Crowd: How can we make our singing strategies successful?
Singing in the Early Years hosted by NYMAZ
KS2 Singing Resources hosted by Friday Afternoons
Research Presentations from Postgraduate Vocal Researchers
Further information and booking visit the website here