The start of a new academic year is usually about new music and this year is no exception! It's always one of the most exciting things - introducing new music and materials to pupils. There are two composers I am particularly encouraging pupils to explore - June Armstrong and Barbara Arens.
The new music we are exploring is highly imaginative and I am hoping this will spark some creative composing. I will be asking pupils to choose a favourite item or character that we can write some music about.
Katie brought to her first lesson a piece she had composed called Traffic Lights. On her sheet she had written a lovely explanation of how she composes, which may help to get you started!
The final element that will form part of lessons, which can be as repertoire to learn over time, or weekly reading is one of my favourite things - duets. We will be using a variety of composers including Rosa Conrad, Jenny Walker, Nikolas Sideris and myself! I will also be revisiting a particular favourite of mine, a charming collection - Sorrisi Infantili (Smiles of Childhood) by E. Pozzoli.
Alison is a classical pianist, teacher, and composer running a thriving piano studio in Surrey, South East of England.