Since Tune In - Year of Music was launched; a programme has been instigated to take professional musicians back to schools so that they can share their enthusiasm, experiences and expertise with children across the country. The 'Back to School' programme launched last November when the Jonas Brothers went to Ryton Comprehensive School near Newcastle to give a surprise performance and guitar lesson to Year 7. Following that, Pixie Lott visited Brentwood County High School with for another musical experience.
We are additionally worked with trumpeter Alison Balsom, cellist Natalie Clein, Stomp, Jamie Cullum, Killa Kela, Disney, Opera North and Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Royal Opera House, Zone One Brass and others to arrange for them to go to schools around the country.
On Friday 12th March, Kerry Birkett, a ballerina from The English National Ballet held a Cinderella ballet workshop at The Hartcliffe Sure Start Children's Centre in Bristol for sixty toddlers and their mothers' to celebrate both the DCSF's Tune In- Year of Music campaign, and Mother's Day
Ballerina Kerry Birkett performed as the Fairy Godmother in the award winning production of Cinderella touring the UK which began in Bristol at the Bristol Hippodrome.
Rachel Branton from the English National Ballet said: 'English National Ballet is thrilled to be involved in the Tune In - Year of Music campaign. We really enjoy working with young children, dancing and listening to the music helps them learn. We hope this visit will inspire mothers and toddlers to become more involved in dance and come and see us perform at the Bristol Hippodrome.'
Lynn James, Head teacher at The Hartcliffe Sure Start Children's Centre said: 'We are all very excited about a real ballerina from ENB coming to our Sure Start centre today. All of our children enjoy dancing and love the fairy tale Cinderella. We hope her visit will encourage our children and their parents to watch and take part in more music and dance activities'.
Award winning brass band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and England's national northern opera company Opera North joined forces in a unique musical master class for students aged 10-18. They worked with the young people to create a brand new composition for voice and brass which the artists and children then performed en mass.
Terry Webster, Band Manager of Grimethorpe Colliery Band said: "The band loves working with young people, it gives us the chance to flex our creativity and hopefully we will inspire them to take up brass banding and keep this wonderful tradition alive."
Kathryn O'Doherty from Opera North said: "Opera North Education is a creative resource for the community, working with individuals to broaden cultural and musical awareness and find new ways to engage with opera. We believe this is an exciting and fun opportunity for young people to work with professional musicians to create music, that combines the traditions of opera and brass bands, and discover the connections and differences between the two."
International award winning beat boxer Killa Kela gave a unique musical masterclass to a group of year seven pupils at Firth Park Community College in Sheffield as part of the Tune In - Year of Music programme. The one-man vocal orchestra, Killa Kela, showed pupils how to make music using just his mouth. The lesson started with Kela taking the time to teach three lucky students the basics of beat boxing followed by a question and answer session with the pupils talking about what inspired him to get into music and how others can follow in his footsteps. Killa Kela ended the lesson with a one off special performance of a mix of all of his tracks.
Killa Kela said before the event "I am looking forward to showing the pupils how to make music using just their mouths and a microphone in a really different- creative way. I can't wait to see whether they can master the technique".
Sarah Catlow, Deputy Head teacher at Firth Park Community College said afterwards; "Killa Kela was an inspiration. He engaged students throughout his presentation and performance. The students were given the opportunity to work with him and he inspired students with his stories and his history. He left the message with our students that if they work hard and believe in themselves, anything is possible. The whole event was well organized and very professional which was wonderful for the students to see and experience".
Award winning cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Natalie Clein gave a unique musical masterclass to a group of young children, hosting the one-off interactive musical session at Chisenhale Primary School, Bow, London.
Natalie Clein gave an exciting and interactive lesson with 400 pupils from Chisenhale Primary School s aged from 4 to 11. During this special session, she showed the pupils how the cello works, jammed with a young cellist pupil, performed some of the UK's most well known children songs, explained and demonstrated how and why practicing is so vital and finally invited the children to play percussion instruments with her in a special performance of London's Burning.
Natalie Clein said "I'm thrilled to be able to come into a school and inspire kids to get more involved in music, especially at such a young age. I just hope they enjoyed it as much as I did."
Mrs Rachel Waite, Head teacher at Chisenhale Primary School said, "We are very proud to have Natalie Clein come to our school today. Chisenhale Primary School has an active extra-curricular music programme and we hope that Natalie's visit today will encourage even more of the children to get involved with music and possibly take up a musical instrument. We hope that her talk to the youngsters will inspire them to pursue their dreams in whatever field their interest lies."
English singer songwriter, dancer and Brit nominee, Pixie Lott, gave a unique musical masterclass to a group of young people as part of Tune In - Year of Music. She hosted the one off interactive music session at Brentwood County High School in Brentwood, Essex. The exclusive session was part of the 'Back to School' programme.
Pixie Lott gave an exciting and interactive lesson with 1200 pupils from the school. During this special session, she showed the class her top tips - from putting together a song, to techniques for practising and improving; and followed up the lesson with a question-and-answer session with the children.
Tune In's launched the Back to School programme of master classes, which saw music experts of all genres visiting school's or other settings to share, inspire and teach children and young people about how music can enrich their lives. The trailblazing Back to School master classes saw award winning, Grammy-nominated, and much-loved singer-song writing siblings The Jonas Brothers visiting Ryton Comprehensive School in Tyne & Wear.
The young brothers had years of experience in musical theatre and song writing before forming their sibling rock band in 2005. They have so far sold over 8 million albums.
Disney's Camp Rock UK artist Brad Kavanagh introduced Kevin, Joe and Nick before the interactive session kicked off. Ryton's Year 7 pupils heard tips on learning to play basic guitar melodies and putting together a song, as well as techniques for how to keep up the momentum with practising to improve. A small group learned to play a song with the band in a hands-on teaching session, and the Year 7s had the chance to ask the band about how music has changed their lives.
Steve Williamson, Head teacher at Ryton Comprehensive School said: -We are very proud to have the Jonas Brothers at our school. Ryton runs a number of extra-curricular music activities and I hope that the Jonas Brothers coming to the school today will inspire more children to get involved in music and take up a musical instrument."
Kevin Jonas said: -Music has been such an integral part of our lives and our journey together. We are really excited to be sharing our passion for the subject and hope to inspire kids to pick up an instrument if they have never done so before, or to practice more if they already know how to play."