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Online Workshops

Our live workshops are brought to you in your classroom via Zoom. They are interactive, educational and above all, FUN!

All you need is a good internet connection and a decent sized screen so that all your pupils can see easily.

£110 each or special offer of £299 for all 3

Simply email bookings@kidenza.co.uk to book your workshop.

About the online workshops

Workshop 1 – LISTEN

Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Led by Alex Neal.

Alex invites you to join him in his percussion studio for an exciting, exhilarating short ride on a fast machine with a bit of bird spotting thrown in on the way back! Perfect for KS1

Duration 1 hour

Designed to fit with the new model music curriculum this workshop will cover the following points:

  • Provide a fun, basic introduction to the percussion section of the orchestra
  • Encourage listening, concentration, and recognition of sounds
  • Tempo
  • Contemporary music
  • Accelerando
  • Respond to pulse through movement and dance

Workshop 2 – PERFORM

Table Mountain
Featuring our two percussionists, Alex Neal and Joe Richards and led by one or the other

Literally LIVE music making in your own classroom! Learn your parts, practise, put it altogether, and then you’ll be ready to record the whole thing! Perfect for KS1 and 2.

Duration 1 hour

Designed to fit with the new model music curriculum we will cover the following points:

  • Retain, and recall rhythm patterns and perform for others taking turns
  • Improvise using Q&A/play copycat rhythms
  • Use body percussion and/or classroom percussion to play repeated patterns (ostinato)
  • Perform short repeating rhythms while keeping in time with the beat.
  • Follow pictures/symbols to guide playing
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo
  • Crescendo/diminuendo
  • Pause

Workshop 3 – COMPOSE

Led by Joe Richards

After learning how to perform like a percussionist, it’s now time to compose for one. Use all the skills you have picked up from the first two workshops to control the sounds, rhythms and dynamics of a new piece composed in your classroom, which will then be performed and recorded by Joe Richards.

Designed to fit with the new model music curriculum we will cover the following points:

  • Invent, retain, and recall rhythm patterns
  • Create music in response to non-musical stimuli
  • Understand difference between creating a rhythm pattern and a pitch pattern
  • Improvise using Q&A/play copycat rhythms
  • Graphic notation – recognise how to represent created sounds. Explore and invent own symbols
  • Explore percussion sounds to enhance storytelling.

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About Alex and Joe

Alex Neal

Alex Neal

Which instrument to play? At the age of 17, Alex had to make a choice between taking the trumpet or percussion to the next level.

Fortunately, it looks like he made the right choice as his career as a professional percussionist is working out very nicely!

Alex was delighted to be offered the position of Co-Principal Percussion with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2003, and he now balances a busy music playing schedule with teaching (at the Royal College of Music in London) and as many fun educational projects and concerts as he can (hopefully with Kidenza because they’re the most fun!).

As a qualified FA Football referee, Alex spends most of his free Sundays refereeing his two son’s football matches. And three of Alex’s proudest recordings are for Lord of the Rings, three of the Harry Potter films and the newest “Frozen” attraction due to open in Disneyland Paris in 2023!!

Joe Richards

Joe Richards

After turning out to be an extremely indecisive young musician, Joe realised by the age of 15 that he could remove the element of choice, become a percussionist, and perform on 1000s of different instruments, rather than having to pick just one!

Soon after this epiphany, he took up a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music and since graduating, has gone on to freelance around the UK and abroad as a soloist, session musician and orchestral percussionist, performing with ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to name just a few, frequently appearing on national television and radio.

He continues to perform on instruments of all different shapes and sizes, from the triangle to the marimba, to the kazoo, flowerpots and even a lamp!

Partnerships and Supporters

  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Artsmark
  • Music Mark
  • Art Council
  • Sigred Rausing Trust
  • Ann Bryant
  • BBC Ten Pieces

Contact Us

Telephone: 01732 362820

Email: education@kidenza.co.uk

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