Jazz in Wales

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jazzin' up the class with Humie

Cardiff gospel singer Humie Webbe will be inspiring Britain's music teachers to get the most from their pupils as part of the UK's first Jazz in Education day on October 25.

The workshops taking place in central London are part of an initiative to introduce youngsters to the concept of improvisation.

"Few classroom teachers have an understanding of teaching jazz," says Humie. "Classical teachers are competent readers but some are lost without the dots.

"It's all about getting them (the pupils) to use their ears. This is something I've found they struggle with."

Earlier this year Humie led a jazz choir of 80 children at the Hay Festival, and hopes to repeat the feat at Brecon in 2009.

Read this Times Education Supplement article for more about the Jazz in Education day.

If you'd like to register for the event, please call Humie on 07939 375 383 or email education @ jazzservices.org.uk

It costs £80 (£70 for MU/ISM members) but teachers working in LEA-maintained schools in Wales may be eligible for funding from the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) through its professional development funding programme.

Please contact the Professional Development Team for further guidance on 029 20 550 350 or email cpd @ gtcw.org.uk


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