How to Support Your Child
Activities to try:
1. The BBC Bring the Noise Page has 5 top tips for getting your children interested in music: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise/five-ways-to-spark-childrens-interest-in-music/zb878xs
2. Make an instrument at home – You will find some useful websites below that will give you some ideas to help you get started.
3. Make up your own tune or rhythm and decide how you could write it down to help you remember it. If you know how, you could use standard notation. Alternatively, you could create a graphic score. Think about how you could develop your tune into a composition. Can you add more than one instrument? Begin to think about timbre, tempo, dynamics and texture.
Graphic score: https://helentoole8.wixsite.com/smas-music/graphic-score
Places to visit:
The Royal Albert Hall
One of the most spectacular music venues in the UK and of course, home to the famous music festival, The Proms. In an effort to enthuse the next generation, the Royal Albert Hall often hosts events suitable for children and families, including “Relaxed Proms”. The Hall has a resident Education and Outreach ensemble, who offer interactive performances and workshops for all ages. https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/series/children-and-families/
The London Symphony Orchestra host a Family Concert three times a year at the Barbican Hall, London. The music played is based on a theme and there’s an opportunity to sing or play along in an audience participation piece. These events are great for children learning an instrument, allowing them the opportunity to see what they could aspire to.
Similar to the LSO Discovery scheme, the London Philharmonic offer Funharmonics. This one-hour long concert at the Royal Festival Hall introduces children to orchestral music.
There are also various amateur orchestras who offer open rehearsals or Child friendly concerts.