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Highland Day of Making Music


The ‘Day of Making Music’ will be led by Richard Michael BEM, Honorary Professor of Jazz Piano. Richard has had a long and illustrious career as a performer and educator, with a personal musical journey which encompasses playing in Scottish dance bands; training at the RSAMD as a classical pianist; church organist and choir director; jazz musician and educator; and BBC Radio Scotland presenter, to name but a few!

Whatever your musical background, instrument or voice, you will join with Richard in exploring shared concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony using simple and familiar Scottish tunes as a basis for improvisation. Sounds scary? Don’t worry, mistakes are cool, and we can guarantee that you will have plenty of fun making them! And you’ll go away with new skills, new confidence, new friends and a renewed vision for your music-making.

About the day: the Highlands ‘Day of Making Music’ will be very hands-on with plenty of participation by the players/singers throughout. We will begin with a rhythm-based warm up session to make sure the mind and the body are both fully awake and ready for the day! The main session will be ‘The anatomy of a bonnie choon’. Using well-known Scottish tunes we will work together to identify the elements which make a successful piece of music, regardless of era, genre or instrument. Then participants will literally play around with these elements and develop ‘bonnie choons’ of their own!

Cost: the fee for the day is just £20, which includes all tuition, teaching materials and tea/coffee.

For further information, please contact ruth@makingmusic.org.uk (Ruth Irons), or visit https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/event/day-making-music

The deadline is Friday 12 May 2017 at 17:00.


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