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Exploring Winter Through Music: CPD for Teachers 11 Nov 2017

Lorna McLaughlin, who is a member of the band The Henry Girls, will lead teachers in a hands-on music workshop working with songs and music material from our winter music show Tracks in the Snow which was commissioned by The Ark and written by The Henry Girls especially for young audiences.

Refresh your music repertoire for this wintry time of year as you discover a number of great new seasonal songs that children will love as well as a range of creative ideas for using them in the classroom to deliver both the Performance and Composing strands of the music curriculum. Along the way you’ll be encouraged to throw out any preconceptions you may have about having a good or bad voice and nurture your love and passion for singing. With Lorna’s guidance you will explore how to work creatively with music in the classroom within a winter theme alongside exploring a number of ideas presented in our free teachers’ resource pack that accompanies the show. All participants in the workshop will receive a copy of the classroom resource pack to take with them which contains lots of practical classroom music activities relevant to different age ranges.

This workshop will be of benefit to teachers whether or not they attend Tracks in the Snow with their school as it will provide all participants with a boost to their toolkit of ideas for delivering the music curriculum as well as a chance to develop their own musical confidence. For those who choose to also attend a show performance with their students, the workshop will provide a rich range of ways of preparing for, extending and deepening that experience for you and your class so that you can get the most out of it.

Alongside her work as a core part of The Henry Girls, Lorna has vast experience leading vocal workshops, choirs, festival events and training for teachers. She is a highly skilled and sought after music facilitator and is passionate about empowering teachers to become more confident about music.

About Lorna...

Lorna McLaughlin is a contemporary singer and songwriter and core member of the band The Henry Girls. As well as a seasoned performer, she has vast experience running vocal workshops, choirs, festival events and training for teachers, delivering classes and workshop to thousands of people all over Ireland, of all ages and abilities.

Lorna was the co-founder of The Inishowen Gospel Choir and was their Musical Director from 2005 until 2010. In that time, they performed at festivals all over Ireland, The UK and parts of Europe and they collaborated with highly acclaimed musicians such as Moya Brennan, Cara Dillon, Foy Vance and Duke Special. She has also worked extensively with organisations such as Live Music Now, Simply Music, DMEP (Donegal Music Education Partnership), Music Generation Laois and Letterkenny Summer School of Music delivering concerts and workshops in hospitals, prisons, nurseries, schools, preschools and elderly units all over the UK.

Lorna is a highly skilled, experienced and sought after as a music facilitator and is passionate about empowering teachers to become more confident about singing.