Workshops


LSO Discovery runs a number of practical workshops at LSO St Luke's for all Key Stages.

Music Technology Workshops

There are three music technology workshops available:

Audioactive
For GCSE and A-level students

Technology

A unique and exciting workshop. Students use music technology and acoustic instruments to create a group composition, improvisation and performance. Suitable for GCSE and A-level groups. This workshop explores new instruments, electro-acoustic music, composition and improvisation.

Explore the concepts of contemporary composition and sonic art through a hands-on electro-acoustic workshop. Catering for up to 16 people the Audioactive workshop involves everyone in making music. Instruments range from usual to the unusual, the everyday to the bizarre, and include:

  • The theremin – the first electronic instrument ever created
  • The cracklebox – the unstable electronic circuit that you play with your fingers
  • Games joysticks – but not for playing the X-box, these ones make sounds
  • Dance mat – also taken from the games world, but now triggers samples of the LSO
  • Acoustic and electric instruments – bring your own and join in
  • Voice – let’s not forget the oldest instrument on the planet. Spoken word, singing, gibberish etc

Participants collaborate with the workshop leader and each other to devise a piece of music.

Cost (all costs exclusive of VAT):
3hrs: £230
6hrs: £440

 

Remix the Orchestra
For Key Stage 2 to A-level

Remix the Orchestra workshop

The class uses samples from the LSO's catalogue to create a new composition. Focusing on listening and arrangement, this workshop is beneficial to students from Key Stage 2 through to A-level.

Using GarageBand software, students select loops from the LSO’s extensive recordings and combine them with other styles and genres. The software is extremely easy to learn, yet offers great creative and musical opportunities.

The workshops can run for an hour and a half, three hours, or for a full school day.

At the end of the session schools receive two audio CDs of their work, and you may optionally order extra CDS for the students.

This workshop is designed for students with a wide range of musical abilities, and caters for groups of up to 20.

Cost (all costs exclusive of VAT):
1.5hrs: £150
3hrs: £230
6hrs: £440

 

Composing with Logic Pro X
For GCSE and A-level students

A workshop with an emphasis on musical composition and arrangement using the latest version of Logic. Students will learn how to compose a piece of music by learning and utilising the following techniques and areas of Logic:

  • Arrangement and compositional techniques and song structure.
  • Basic rhythmic concepts: bars, beats, tempo, time signatures & counting
  • How to program midi parts  
  • Using Apple loops
  • How to use virtual instruments 
  • Basic MIDI editing (regions and piano roll), position, velocity and length)
  • Midi recording and quantise
  • Correcting MIDI: duplicates, legato and note overlap correction
  • Quantization and groove: pushing, pulling, ghost notes, velocity
  • The use of Automation

The workshops can run for an hour and a half, three hours, or for a full school day.

At the end of the session schools receive two audio CDs of their work, and you may optionally order extra CDS for the students.

This workshop is designed for students with a wide range of musical abilities, and caters for groups of up to 20.

Cost (all costs exclusive of VAT):
1.5hrs: £150
3hrs: £230
6hrs: £440

Balinese Gamelan Workshops

For Key Stage 1 to 5

Young girl playing gamelan

A gamelan is a set of bronze metallophones and tuned gongs indigenous to Indonesia, where it is played for temple ceremonies and to accompany dance, drama and shadow puppet plays. There are many different types; ours is from Bali. The music is formed largely of repeating patterns that can be quickly learned and played as a group by most participants regardless of age or musical experience. Sessions accommodate up to 30 children at LSO St Luke's.

Gamelan is great for developing:

  • listening skills
  • group music making
  • composition techniques
  • an understanding of wider cultural studies

Cost (all prices exclusive of VAT):
1.5hrs: £150
3hrs: £230
6hrs: £440

Combined Gamelan & Remix the Orchestra Workshops

Gamelan and Remix the Orchestra sessions can be combined for a full day of music making at LSO St Luke's. For up to 40 students.

Cost (all costs exclusive of VAT):
3hrs: £360
6hrs: £690

Booking

To book technology-only workshops contact Chris Rogers:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7566 2878
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To book gamelan and combined gamelan and technology workshops contact Yasmin Hemmings:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7382 2549
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Arts Award 

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to the age of 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. 

Schools Workshops at LSO St Luke's

Arts Award Explore is for young people aged 7–25 years, and is an Entry Level 3 Qualification which takes around 25 hours to complete. LSO Discovery’s schools concerts for Key Stage Two can be used towards the following elements of Arts Award Explore:

  • INSPIRE – take part in one of our workshops and discovery more about music technology or gamelan
  • EXPLORE – meet our experienced workshop leaders, who will help to develop your listening and music-making skills
  • CREATE – compose your own piece of music, either as a group or individually

To find out more about Arts Award click here.

Children in DigiTech room