Alright, musical mavericks! Grab your cuppa, because you're in for a treat. Today, we're diving deep into a jazzy journey with pBuzz. This isn't just about blowing your horn; it's about revolutionising the way we teach, learn, and think about music. Led by our brass pal and educational expert, Grant Golding, find out about how to use pBuzz in the classroom to spar
How did BUZZ21! begin?
Traditionally, the pBuzz has been this magical instrument that helps wee lads and lasses between the tender ages of six to eight grasp the art of reading notes. Grant has taken his pupils from classic tunes like 'Ode to Joy' to inventive musical landscapes that emphasise mindfulness and breathing. But, if we hark back to the days of 2021, oh dear readers, well that was an orchestra of its own.
With the backdrop of COVID and the ever-evolving landscape of education, music teachers like Grant had to get, shall we say, a bit creative. Instead of the usual classroom setting, his 2021 project was all about an outdoor, socially-distanced, rhythmic riot, blending the pulsating beats of samba, thrash, and taiko drumming. The goal? An immersive, foot-tapping, and exhilarating experience aimed to ignite a passion for music after a year that was, well, a bit off-key.
Meet Kokopelli, the musical maestro
First things first, let's talk about the BUZZ21! logo – the charismatic pBuzz player with the cool hairdo. This isn't just any design. It's the spirit of music personified! Derived from a South American tribal design, this figure, aptly named Kokopelli, represents the heart and soul of what pBuzz aims to achieve. He's been tweaked a tad from playing the flute to our beloved pBuzz, making him the true mascot for our musical journey.
The pBuzz world is blooming with resources. In the second episode of BUZZ21!, Grant suggests some of his favourite materials to use in the classroom. One gem in this treasure trove is Kay Charlton's Are You Ready For pBuzz? It’s a golden ticket into the world of rhythm and beats. Take Play That Bhangra Beat, for instance. It’s not just a tune; it’s a musical experience that champions the importance of singing. Speaking of which, singing isn’t just for the X-Factor hopefuls. It's a way to connect, to synchronize our heartbeats and uplift our spirits. A tune on the ukulele, a tribal drumbeat, or even the pBuzz can weave a magic that is unparalleled.
BUZZ21: The Grand Finale
So, what’s Grant Golding's grand plan with BUZZ21!? Simple. The idea is to meet these kiddos on their turf, speak their language, and resonate with their musical tastes. Some tunes will be a piece of cake, while others might require a sprinkle of creativity.
A top tip for teachers? Grant recommends the music app "Audio Stretch." This nifty little tool lets you transpose any song up or down a few semitones without compromising on quality. An absolute game-changer for those looking to adapt popular tunes to fit the pBuzz’s range.
Check out the full second episode of BUZZ21! here:
Final Notes (pun intended!)
This series is not just a guide; it’s an invitation. An invitation to share, learn, and create a vibrant pBuzz community that thrives on ideas, creativity, and, of course, music. So, strap in, join the pBandwagon, and let's make some music!
Remember, whether you're a seasoned maestro or just dipping your toes, there's always a tune waiting to be discovered. So, keep buzzing, and let's hit those high notes together!
Adam is the Content Manager at pBone Music. This should mean that he’s the ideal person to write about himself, but he finds boasting in the third person a little awkward. He honed his word wizardry with a degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. He has since written copy for clients and businesses across the land, from awards to something beginning with “z”. He also spent a number of years as a musician. He has written pop songs and even jingles for kids, performed more first dances at weddings than you could shake a pBuzz at, and once played a gig for a pie company at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester. When he’s not reminiscing about those good old days, you might find Adam enjoying the football (although as an Everton fan, that can be difficult). He also loves spending time with his partner, Jen, and his family and friends, and sincerely hopes they feel the same way.