I am available as a workshop leader for groups of approximately 4-12 children or adults (additional support may be necessary, depending on the specific needs within a group). I can also offer one-to-one tuition, if preferred.
Composition projects can be designed to accommodate any topic or current interests, and can be adapted to suit all abilities (from absolute beginners with no prior experience to more experienced composers (including undergraduate or postgraduate student composers).
In my own compositional practice, I often use drawing as a starting point for getting ideas down quickly, and this lends itself well to encouraging children and adults with no previous composing experience to have a go at composing their own pieces. Drawing exercises free up creativity and can also, accidentally, offer up strong gestures which can be translated into sound. Graphic scoring can sometimes be the most appropriate notation for recording a composition, but all types of notation can be examined and developed. Experimentation with instruments and voices, supported by relevant listening and score-reading, combine to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to help make their own voices heard.
I have a current DBS Enhanced Disclosure.
Composing project with Rotherham Music Hub (September - November 2021)
Funded by Arts Council England
WORKSHOP: Composing for Flute
21st October 2017
with flautist Rachel Shirley
Compose Yourself! Composing classes
Please contact Jenny if you are interested.
Weekly creative composing classes held at my home in Sheffield. Aimed at adult musicians with no previous composing experience but with some instrumental ability. Classes are taught in blocks of six weeks, with a specific focus and writing task in each new block.
A Day With Platform 4
Music in the Round May Festival 2016 - Thursday 12th May, Crucible Theatre, Adelphi Room, Sheffield
Composing for Beginners - Fri 17 - Sun 19 Jun 2016
A short residential course at Benslow Music, Hitchin SG4 9RB
If you are interested in booking a composing workshop, or an individual lesson, please contact me to discuss your requirements: