Music For Fast Journeys

Posted by Philip Sheppard on July 29, 2015 at 3:42 PM
The Bluebird, one of the fastest cars on earth

I always seem to write my best music when I’m on an airplane (well, that’s my excuse for travelling a lot!). Sometimes, the places you’re travelling through can give you a great idea for a piece. But sometimes the way you’re travelling can give you an even better idea. Did you know that there are lots of amazing pieces for orchestra that are about trains, buses, cars and boats?

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Topics: Kids And Creativity, Creativity

The Soloist(s) - Evelyn Glennie - percussion superstar

Posted by Philip Sheppard on June 24, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Evelyn Glennie - Percussion Superstar 

How old were you when you started playing music?

Because both my parents had some sort of musical background, music was always a big part of my life.

My mother played the piano at home and, although she was not an organist, she played hymns on the organ at the local village church.

I would sit on the hard wooden pew and absorb the church paintings as she played. I was lucky to have been brought up in a time when our family get-togethers was spent singing songs, dancing, telling stories or even reciting poetry in Doric. We actually enjoyed power cuts in the winter time because they added further excitement to our creative processes when the lights went out and we just had candles to see by.

I continue to enjoy engaging with audiences for the same sense of creative excitement.

Throughout my education I consider myself very fortunate in that my schools offered free music education to every child. I began to play piano at the age of 8, followed by clarinet at 10.

After seeing the school orchestra playing I focussed my time on percussion from the age of 12. I was so impressed that I immediately knew I wanted to be part of it.

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Topics: Compose Music, Music Education, Kids And Creativity, Creativity

Notes from the road

Posted by Philip Sheppard on June 3, 2015 at 7:30 AM

If I'm trying to come up with a sound or a tune for a new piece, I'll go outside for a walk, a bike ride or a if I'm really lucky, a hike in the mountains. (The photo above was taken on one of my recent hikes).

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Topics: Read Music, Music Makes You Smarter, Compose Music, Music Education, Kids And Creativity, Creativity

Some notes about notes!

Posted by Philip Sheppard on May 27, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Can you read music?

You might not be able to yet, and that's just fine, because Compose Yourself is here to help you!

The notes might look like odd blobs and lines and squiggles, but just think of them as little patterns on a building block that you can hear!

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Topics: Insider, Read Music, Music Makes You Smarter, Music Education, Kids And Creativity