Learning music

Learn to play event - Make Music Day 2017

Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument and play in an orchestra, but not been sure where to start? Now is your chance! Join Making Music and Westminster Music Library for a free one day session where you can learn the basics of a playing a musical instrument – and take part in an orchestral performance at the end of the day.

Location

Westminster Music Library
Victoria Library 160 Buckingham Palace Road
SW1W 9UD London
United Kingdom

An introduction to: Brass Bands

Following on from our look at barbershop singing and wind bands, in this article we take a look at the ins and outs of brass banding in the UK. What is a brass band and where did they come from? What is it like to be part of a brass band today? And how can you get involved?

A Highland Day of Making Music

For those who were unable to join us at our 'Festival of Making Music' in Perthshire last October, we are delighted to be able to offer Scottish members and guests this opportunity to join award-winning educator Professor Richard Michael BEM for a day of creative music-making in Inverness.

Location

Eden Court Theatre
Bishop's Road
IV3 5SA Inverness
United Kingdom

An introduction to: Wind Bands

Following our look at Barbershop, we're moving on to Wind Bands. What's included in the 'wind' bit? Why has the repertoire grown so much in the last century? And what do they offer musicians that orchestral music often doesn't?

Dealing with performance anxiety - from BAPAM

Performance anxiety or ‘stage fright’ is a feeling of fear accompanied by increased bodily arousal which can affect a performer when they are practising on their own, rehearsing with others, before and/or during a performance – in fact any time.This resource from The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) offers some useful advice on recognising and managing performance anxiety.

Fit to play: exercises for instrumentalists - from BAPAM

All skilled physical activity, including music, should be preceded by a warm-up. This resource from The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) offers some useful exercises to help instrumentalists prepapre physically.

Fit to sing: vocal exercises - from BAPAM

All skilled physical activity, including music, should be preceded by a warm-up. This resource from The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) offers some useful vocal exercises to help you prepapre physically.

Warm-up exercises for musicians - from BAPAM

All skilled physical activity, including music, should be preceded by a warm-up. This resource from The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) offers some useful exercises to help you prepapre physically each time you play.

Basic techniques in improvisation: Session 5 - Harmonising melody

In October 2016, we ran the Festival of Making Music - a weekend of music-making workshops in Scotland aimed at exploring shared concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony using simple tunes as a basis for improvisation.

Following the success of the workshops (conducted by award-winning educator Professor Richard Michaels BEM), we have created a video series to allow everyone to benefit from his top tips on improvisation.

This session demonstrates how to re-harmonise a melody using the II-V-I sequence.

Basic techniques in improvisation: Session 4 - Modes

In October 2016, we ran the Festival of Making Music - a weekend of music-making workshops in Scotland aimed at exploring shared concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony using simple tunes as a basis for improvisation.

Following the success of the workshops (conducted by award-winning educator Professor Richard Michaels BEM), we have created a video series to allow everyone to benefit from his top tips on improvisation.

This session demonstrates how to make use of different modes, like the Dorian, Ionian and Myxolydian.