Throughout a workshop

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Workshop with teaching sound structures


Presentation of the various instruments.
Principals of acoustics
Putting the instruments together and taking them apart.
Explorations in sound with percussive tools, putting keyboards into vibration.
Different gestures and how they affect the quality of sound
Exploration of each instrument and how they are made and work.
Comparison of the “Structures Sonores” with classical instruments

Musical games

Music - time passing - different sounds in succession and superimposed.
Units of time - one, two, three, four, five sounds which succeed themselves regularly over a repetitive motif.
Speed - accentuation
Intensity - very soft, soft, hard, very hard.....
Playing freely out of time in a variety of ways.
Making up music
Games for one, two or three - question-response.
Imitation games
Rhythmical games.
How it workWorking in the same tempo, both visual / auditory and marked by the two hands.
Practice sitting down and hitting the floor with mallets and sticks.
Independence of hands.
Changing speeds and rhythms.
Playing games with a conductor - following clear gestures, changing speeds, ideas, directions, effects........
The house of sounds - creating sounds and silence.

Listening to oneself, to each other by looking and listening, participating and taking on board each person’s ideas, developing and finishing a work created by the group. These are the fundamentals of the group’s work. 

The conception of a musical work - writing. 

To help the memory and develop the imagination start with an invented story or piece of music.
Create the principal parts, distrubute the rôles and the function of each individual instrument.
Integration of each person’s work.
The group’s coordinator will look out for the abilities of each person which will count towards his or her creative work assessment.
A form of graphic writing is important and different every time. The score is a lasting souvenir of how the music was created.

The space required is a room of around 50 square metres, well lit and heated either with a wooden floor or carpetted. Remember to provide mats for small children. The acoustic does not need to be too generous. The space needs to be insulated against outside noise.

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