Monthly Archives: January 2016

“In The Gap!” (Fun improvisation for young musicians)

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I’m delighted to be able to announce the arrival of a new teaching resource aimed specifically at young musicians at Key Stage 1 & 2 (5-11yrs) who want to get improvising. “In the Gap!” is a book and CD created by Hannah Brady, and beautifully illustrated by Lisa Maltby. Yours truly had some involvement in the creation of the accompanying backing tracks, and these were topped off by some wonderful vocals by Nicola Farnon. My old friend Paul Wilkinson has also provided simple piano accompaniments for teachers who may prefer the ‘old school’ way of doing things!

In the Gap!” is ideal for peripatetic music teachers who may be working with groups of young children and need flexible, creative materials to get kids improvising. Neither the teacher nor the pupils need have any prior experience of improvisation, and there’s no scary music theory in sight. The best way to get a flavour of it is to have a look at Hannah’s site where you can also place your order. It is available elsewhere, but both author and customer get a better deal if you buy direct.

Thanks for reading! JT

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