Musical Independence!

Sounds intriguing…….

guitarsThis term most of our guitarists are selecting songs themselves – working on them at home and in class – working more towards becoming ‘performers’ and ‘independent’, rather than continually playing a prepared list of songs together.  My aim is that they will feel more in control of their music and their playing – and that ultimately one song will lead to another – one new chord or variation will lead to more new discoveries – tabs, power chords, bar chords – they’re all being incorporated already, and because it’s music chosen by them – they are more driven to work on them at home as well!

I am also encouraging everyone to sing while they play, in class as well as at home.  Many of our guitarists are singers, but in a ‘guitar class’ context, they can fall into that idea of only playing, rather than keeping both skills going together.  Not all our guitarists are singers, so that won’t suit everyone, but for many, it’s a confidence building exercise in a room of like minded children who share that ‘we’re all in this together’ view.

We’ll see where it goes – we’re, still working on a few group songs to make sure our learning is incorporating important ‘next steps’, but after just a couple of weeks of this additional element – it’s definitely paying off in terms of what I’m hearing the students play in class, and how much enjoyment they are getting from figuring out the songs themselves, and working with me on new chords, difficult stretches in the music and song choices.

Great start to the year guitarists ❤

New Year Plan? Music for every age!

It’s going to be a busy year, so let’s just get down to the details!!

Our 0-3yrs set have a 4 week block of Music & Movement starting January 10th in The Exchange, Buncrana.  Booking is essential for this one, so get in touch to grab a place!

choir of ages profile pic (2)I’m starting a wee project to see us all through the dark days till Easter – it’s the Inishowen Choir of Ages!!  A long overdue intergenerational singing project inviting adults, teens, and children aged 8+ to join in singing new and old songs together.  Practice will take place Every Wednesday from January 29th in The Exchange, Buncrana 7.30pm – 8.30pm, and we’ll put on a performance to end our project around Easter.  It’s going to be beautiful! ❤

Our singers, guitarists and 3-6 yr old Boogie Bugs had an amazing Christmas, filled with wonderful performances and the launch of our Christmas cd.  Such a magical time and I was so so proud of every single one of them!  What an outstanding group of hard working, committed, fun and happy children! 2020 exchange schedule.png

As our regular classes restart next week (From January 7th, we are happy to welcome new students to our singing groups.  Pls get in touch though, and if you have any questions about our guitar academy, we’d love to hear from you too!

One last huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone I know and all our music families for all the kindness and support since we said goodbye to Daddy in August.  It means so much to be part of a truly caring community, it was our saving grace on many a difficult day without him.  You’re all sooooooo good! christmas Thank-you