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About me and what I do

photo of RobI'm a performing musician, a producer and a private music tutor with over twenty years' experience of writing and recording music. I deliver songwriting workshops to adults and children, and have recently been involved in the Creative Partnerships programme.

I work in primary schools writing and recording original songs with the children. They don't need any musical training or experience and neither do the teachers. I explain the structure of popular songs, demystifying the songwriter's craft and giving the children the tools they need to write their own songs. I take the role of facilitator, guiding the children's ideas, ready to help at any time but keeping the children at the centre of the creative process.

Please see the Examples of my work page to hear some recent work.

What skills are strengthened by songwriting in schools?

Literacy: vocabulary, nuances of meaning, rhyme.

Numeracy: rhythm, repetition, form and structure.

ICT: using professional recording equipment.

Music: insights into how music is made, plus the chance to play, sing, perform and record.

Drama: actions can be added to a performance of the song.

Personal key skills: turn-taking, confidence, acceptance of the rejection of an idea if a better one is suggested by another child, the self-discipline of keeping quiet when we're recording.

And of course, the children's knowledge of the subject they're writing about is deepened, and is far more likely to be remembered!

See 'Why use songwriting in schools' for a fuller explanation of the many values of this learning method.

Workshops range from short introductory sessions to whole day writing projects and beyond. Everything can be recorded with my portable studio equipment, and a CD can be produced with the children's own artwork.

I have a current, clear CRB disclosure, public liabilty insurance for £5 million, and glowing references from the parents and teachers of children I've worked with.

My name is Rob Bray and you can call me on 07747 752359.

 

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