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Alan Day Childrens Folk Education in the UK (21) RE: Childrens Folk Education in the UK 28 Jan 12


I understand that EFDSS has a lottery grant and funds available for Folk Education in schools.
I did a Xmas talk on concertinas (Junior School 5-7 and 7-10 Years old ) and with the help of Anglo International and a teacher we played excerpts from Concertina Band, Zulu Squashbox music ,Irish Music and a little bit of English and French from me, just to give them an idea how the concertina has developed since it was invented. I took a concertina in bits to show how it works and finished the talk on Twelve days of Christmas. I had twelve groups who all sang their part and got them to stand up when they sang it and sit down after they had sung it. I then said that that was a practice and got them to do it at double the speed. I have never had such a rousing appreciation of a performance.Even the strict headmistress could not control their excitement at the end. Very rewarding and very enjoyable for all concerned.
If a teacher is present Dave, did you have to have clearance for your talk ? I did not ,I wonder what the exact rules are for just a talk or concert.
Thanks for the interesting posts so far.
Al


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