Scottish Chamber Orchestra Placement, Day One!

So woke up at 5.30am and got myself ready for the first day of my placement with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. My dad kindly gave me a lift to the train station to catch my train to Glasgow.

The day was all planned out, I was to meet the project manager, Julie at Queen Street Station at half past eight. So once we met we jumped into a taxi and headed to Sunnyside Primary School. This was where most of todays placement took place. We worked in the Language Department, which is where the children with extra needs are taught (they have different conditions such as autism). These children were roughly aged between 4 and 6, and they were all so lovely. The composer, Matilda, joined us along with Brian a viola player with the orchestra. Matilda delivers the workshops to the children, giving them all a flavour of music. She used techniques with numbers, colours, foods and animals to associate with sounds and noises. The kids responded very well to these techniques – which is something I may take note of and use in the future.

After break time we went on to work with the seniors of the primary school, which are the 10 to 11 year olds. These children had more of a grasp of music as they have been working with Matilda and Brain for a year already. This class was working on composing three pieces of music to the theme of ‘Islands’ so their theme choices ranged from ‘Fantasy Island’ to ‘Dark Island’ and they were to decide on a final theme in coming weeks. We worked with these kids for two hours using percussion instruments, keyboards, viola and guitar. The kids had so many ideas for their ‘Fantasy Island’ song, each of them full of enthusiasm. It was good to experience music with younger children and see how receptive they are, especially the younger pupils.

Once we had finished at the school we crossed the road to a care home. Here there were four elderly ladies waiting on us. Matilda got out her guitar and spoke with the ladies, using music and small percussion instruments that the ladies could hit with beaters or shake. They were working on songs that came from discussions, such as childhood fears and memories. Matilda and Brian were very good at improvising with music and lyrics to go with the ladies topics.

My day has been so busy but I am home now, and totally ready to eat dinner and collapse in my bed. But todays experience was brilliant and I cant wait to continue on with my week!!!

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