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We are just back from our latest round of CPD events in Asia working with over 1000 parents, teachers and students in Changchun, Shanghai and Bangkok. We even survived travelling from temperatures of -16 in China to +33 in Bangkok across the 2 weeks!
We played, sang, rapped and discussed all things music and education with some fantastic people and as always we have returned with plenty of new ideas for our next round of workshops!
These will take place in Tokyo in early March and New Zealand in Early April. We are also looking forward to our first workshop in Europe as we visit The Bavarian International School to work with staff in February and launching our full 2019 Australia workshop schedule very soon!
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MusicBaby Arts, Changchun, China - 10 years, growing stronger!
Our first stop on this trip was at MusicBaby Arts in Changchun, a thriving music school celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a series of 'Music Together' workshops and concerts for members of the local community.
Located in the fantastic Bole Music showrooms, full of beautiful Steinway pianos, workshop participants of all ages made music together. The week finished with a huge celebration concert in a stunning venue in the city attended by over 1000 people which raised £1000 + for a local charity.
Musical Futures International was part of an interactive body percussion session which was great fun and it was lovely to experience a musical culture where everyone joins in, regardless of age or experience!
An Introduction to Musical Futures, Harrow International School, Shanghai
Our next workshops were held in the impressive surrounding of Harrow International School in Shanghai. Teachers from across China joined us for a comprehensive introduction to Musical Futures International and we very much enjoyed our workshops and discussions that took us through approaches to aural learning, I play you play, to whole class composing and improvising and then beyond the play along!
Huge thanks to James Pickering and his staff for hosting us and supporting all the logistics which aren't always what they seem in China!
Intro, Recharge and Further Into Musical Futures International - Bangkok
Our final stop was a return to Shrewsbury International School to welcome over 40 delegates, some of whom were new to Musical Futures International, others were old friends returning to recharge and explore what it means to delve 'further into MFI'.
We also managed to catch up with the Bangkok Teacher Network that meets monthly in the city to network and share ideas and to enjoy the famous Thai food and hospitality across the week.
Huge thanks to Steve, David and the Shrewsbury team for having us back and to everyone who travelled to be part of these workshops. We had a fantastic weekend of music making and making new friends!
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