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Teachers' workshop

Graphic Notation for music

We held a ‘Graphic Notation’ workshop
for school staff in September 2009, led by Naomi Atherton and Dan Whibley.

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Why?

The workshop was organised in response to requests from several primary schools in the ‘Music for Life’ scheme.

Who?

As graphic notation is one of the most accessible and flexible forms of musical notation it is particularly useful for staff with little or no musical training.

What?

The workshop leaders presented fun ways of notating pitch, pulse, rhythm, duration and dynamics. Rounds, soundscapes, mood, ostinato, melody and texture were also introduced. All of this was achieved by using signs, squiggles, games and grids.

What next?

Approximately 40 happy staff left with more confidence and an abundance of ideas to use with their classes.


For more information contact Graham Merriam.