From 4-9 April, we ran a National Youth Folk Ensemble online course, in lieu of our planned residential course and performances. Our tutors, pastoral staff and Ensemble members met on Zoom each day for group warm-ups, one-to-one lessons, group workshops, and social activities. Members also worked their way through pre-recorded video tutorials, searched for tunes in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library digital archive, and learnt how to record, mix and edit music using music technology. They collaborated in small groups on BandLab to arrange music and create four new tracks.
Our Youth Folk Sampler Days will be delivered online in May half-term. The National Youth Folk Ensemble team will deliver virtual workshops introducing young musicians to folk tunes, techniques and creative ideas. We are planning a mix of pre-recorded tutorials and interactive activities using readily available online technology. The Youth Folk Sampler Days are free, open to 12-18 year old instrumentalists, with optional auditions for the National Youth Folk Ensemble.
The English Folk Dance and Song Society’s award winning resource bank is full of freely downloadable materials for using folk song, music and dance in teaching and learning at all key stages and in all settings.
Here is a recent example created by the National Youth Folk Ensemble, with an accompanying film of a live-streamed interactive performance: