At the start of 2015, as part of the Northern Arts Festival, Greenwood Primary School Wind Band hosted Fletch Wiley an American trumpeter. The workshop was produced by Twotone Music and was run by Gareth Williams, NMMU lecturer in Clarinet and Saxophone. This was the start of an extraordinary musical collaboration between NMMU and Greenwood.
After presenting the workshop Wiley was so impressed with the Greenwood band that he requested to return to the school on the last day of his visit so that they could play for him and where he continued coaching the young learners. At the same time Williams’ keen eye for emerging talent saw an opportunity for enriching the young learners even further. Williams presented the NMMU methodology teaching course as part of practical outreach teaching experience for his NMMU students. “In teaching instrumentalists at all levels the largest focus of time has been on correcting technical shortcomings and re-enforcing them with new positive music and performance habits” says Williams. “Our students needed to experience firsthand, the same issues that they faced as young music beginners.”
Thankfully, Jackie Barnardo head of music at Greenwood Primary School agreed to the initiative and teaching was commenced at the start of the second school term. Williams would teach while his NMMU students observed, every now and again there is a short discussion on how the hand is too small for the instrument at this stage in development or how the shape of the mouth is
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