John & Katrin Hackett: Music Workshops
John and Katrin use their extensive musical experience to create workshops which are both fun and informative.
The aim of their music workshop is to show how sound is produced, how music is organised by rhythm and pitch and how, in various styles, it can express different feelings and moods.
Between them John & Katrin have extensive experience in performing and teaching. John, a flute teacher/player and author of several flute music books, has given talks to schools, clubs and cable TV on the flute and music in general. He was also featured on the Radio 4 series “Science of Sound” talking about acoustics and performance. He is best known for his concerts and recordings with his brother Steve Hackett, the former Genesis guitarist. Katrin has taught in primary schools throughout Sheffield and has considerable experience in leading music sessions using guitar and voice.
The aim of John and Katrin's workshop is to show how sound is produced, how music is organised by rhythm and pitch and how, in various styles, it can express different feelings and moods. Children are encouraged to participate both individually and in groups. Improvisation is explored in accompanying prose or poetry – here John draws on his experience as a composer of music for relaxation and incidental music for BBC radio.
The music for the sessions covers several genres including classical, rock, world and ambient – the emphasis is on having fun while learning. Each session is suitable for up to 30 children and lasts up to an hour.
John & Katrin use a small amplification system as this gives scope to explore reverb/echo delay effects to show how time and place can influence the way music is created.