However, I have the very wonderful (and sadly too rare) chance to flex my music muscles in two half-term workshops that we are running in conjunction with the Letchworth Fire and Fright Festival. They are also part of the national Family Arts Festival that runs at this time of year.
For those of you who think I just dabble in chocolate brownie making, and teaching, and stressing about rent, and running around after my three small beings that I seem to have created - I do actually have years of training and practice in music which includes a masters in music leadership from the Guildhall. In case you were wondering....
It is Jane Glynn I have to thank for dragging me out of my marking, and my baking, and my book-balancing worries - she convinced me in the summer that I should get some music back in my life. So Playing with Fire was born (with a lot of help and brainstorming by the wonderful Beth McDougall who powers the engines of the festival and to whom we should all be extremely grateful).
When: Monday 26th October, 2015 - Workshop 1 10-12.30pm, Workshop 2 1.30-4pm
What: A two hour (with break) workshop that will involve playing, improvising, composing and recording.
Where: The fabulous Dot to Dot Gallery
Who: Young musicians 'who can play a bit' plus some adults. I think you will need to be around Grade 2 plus although I recognise that we don't all learn conventionally. Basically - it will be tricky if you are a beginner. 8 years plus.
Family arts?: We would like people to come in pairs (if possible) and ideally a young person with an adult. However, pairs of friends are also fine.
Cost: The price for each pair is £20 - £10 each for two hours of focussed support and tuition. Bursaries and groups discounts are definitely available.
How to book?: Please email me directly - firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces: We will fill up the morning first and then see if we have a waiting list for the afternoon.
Recording: The aim of the workshops is to produce samples of sound that will be used for some pieces of animation that Jane Glynn is working on down at Standalone Farm. It is all a fantastic, collaborative, creative effort. Please do get involved!