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Virtual Art Exhibition

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 13:42 -- matrixAdmin

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION by the children in our KS2 Visual Arts Course.
The end of the online summer term was marked by a virtual concert and now we have an art exhibition - at least one exhibit from each child.

View the gallery on facebook

Virtual Concert July 2020

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 00:00 -- matrixAdmin

We were delighted to continue supporting music education throughout lockdown. Here is a video of a few children's performances from the Yamaha Music School, starting with a 4-year old from book 1 of JMC, through to those who have graduated from the courses.



During this period we received many appreciative messages. Here are a few:

Matrix features in Music Teacher magazine! April 2019

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 10:27 -- matrixAdmin

We are proud to report that Yamaha's Junior Music Course features in this month's Music Teacher magazine!

The article focuses on the benefits of JMC - especially the creative aspects, and tells the story of two graduates of JMC, now composing and performing musicians. One of these is our very own Sarah Jenkins with teacher Lindsay MacKenzie.

The featured photo is the performers' curtain call at last year's National Young Composers' Concert, hosted by us at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School - lots of Matrixers to spot!

Self-regulation: presentation by Alison Baker March 2019

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 09:46 -- matrixAdmin

Matrix teachers were treated to an introduction on 'Self-Regulation' by Alison Baker, practitioner and Matrix parent.
This approach is a growing phenomenon - notably with great success in Canadian schools - and dovetails perfectly with the Yamaha principles of developmentally appropriate music education. We hope that you will appreciate some subtle changes to benefit teachers, parents and students all!

Graphic: Self Reg for Parents.pdf

Improvisation Workshop Series: "The Desire to be Creative" Feb-Mar 2019

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:28 -- matrixAdmin

Matrix hosted a series of four improvisation workshops run by George Haslam.
Workshops looked at the development of musical improvisation starting from different bases and origins; including elements of music – melody, rhythm, harmony, etc. abstract interpretation and free improvisation. Each of the four sessions focused on a specific approach to improvisation, including harmonic, modal, melodic and free.

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