Brass Bands in the classroom

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Cornet_player, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. Cornet_player

    Cornet_player Member

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    Hey guys,

    I need some help and I thought this was the best place to ask!

    I am teaching 'british music' to 11, 12 and 13 year olds and we will be looking at Brassed Off and such like but I need to some fun practical MUSICAL activities with them and I dont have access to brass instruments- Keyboards and percussion plus anything I can make.......any ideas will be gratefully recieved???


    Thanks

    xx
     
  2. jonesbp

    jonesbp Member

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    Get 'em marching
     
  3. Mrs Fruity

    Mrs Fruity Member

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    Acapella march singing? Accompanied by marching? (and the odd sprained ankle) Me and my friends often do this on the way home from the pub- we think it's hilarious. Oh how sad are we?:oops:;)
    No seriously- acapella singing of "parts" - relate it to how brass bands are structured and orchestrated etc.
     
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  4. Cornet_player

    Cornet_player Member

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    ^^ I like the marching singing idea (the rest of the school wont but nevermind) so long as I dont have to complete a risk assessment!
     
  5. imthemaddude

    imthemaddude Active Member

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    Becareful with showing them "Brassed off" - lots of swearing in it. More than you seem remember when you have kids in front of you! I think it is a 15 anyway - eventhen it's a bit dodgy in the classroom.
     
  6. Cornet_player

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    yeah i'm going to show them extracts of the band playing rather than the whole film. I dont have time for them to watch the whole film anyway but it also gets around them being underage!
     
  7. MissRepiano

    MissRepiano New Member

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    Maybe they could do a bit of conducting? Maybe teach them 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4...and then listening to different types of music they need to work out how it needs to be conducted?
     
  8. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

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    Mouthpiece, hose and funnel. That's basically a brass instrument.
     
  9. Baritonedeaf

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    Get the kids to make thier own - they can tune them to a keyboard - if you are creative they can play along to something. Can you borrow some old instruments from your band to show them - give them a demo?

    Sections of Brassed off would be good - paritcularly the contest performances, although they may just enjoy to listen to some pieces. My class of little kids in Handsworth love their modern testpieces - or at least that is what they tell me! Extreme Makeover came out on top.

    Good luck with it - sounds a fun project.
     
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