Living Room Music is a course that takes place in state schools and focuses on harnessing the creativity and confidence of GCSE, AS and A Level Music students. Making the transition from GCSE to A Level can be a daunting undertaking, particularly for those who have not had the chance to develop a firm grasp classical music theory and history.
Living Room Music focuses on the compositional aspect of the A Level. By bringing professional composers and musicians into schools students learn key issues of musical arrangement and form. As well as hearing how their own work sounds played live by excellent musicians, the course provides advice on the pros and cons of using computer software and hands on experience of writing for the different instrumental families. The sessions culminate in the rehearsal and recording of the students’ final exam pieces, which are played by a group of top professionals. These recordings are entered as part of their exam.
Richard Reeves Foundation, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, Ernest Cook Trust, City and Islington Sixth Form College.
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