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Music at Cams Hill School has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years.

We have a professional recording studio capable of recording up to 128 digital tracks from two different locations simultaneously as well as two fully equipped music tech suites that run Reason 7, Sibelius 7 and Cubase.

Our instrumental and ensemble work is equally impressive with concert tours of Paris (performing on the Main Stage at Disney and the Eiffel Tower), tour of London during the Olympics (performing at Hampton Court Palace) and this year, a concert tour of New York (playing a the world famous Lincoln centre, Central Park and Statue of Liberty).

Cross-rhythms on djembe drums

This is a recording from a year 8 lesson. We’ve been working on producing cross-rhythms using djembe drums. A cross-rhythm is where there are two or more rhythms that are played in different metre (i.e. one in duple time and one in triple time, or triples over quavers). We often refer to this as”3 over 2″. It is a common element of both West African music and Jazz.

This recording is the product of 3 lessons and involves 8 players playing a “3 over 2″ cross rhythm

Philip Glass comparison

Here are two pieces of music. One is by world famous minimalist and film composer Philip Glass and the other is a composition from a pupil. It is clear that the pupil piece is based on some of the ideas of augmentation and diminution that are found in the Glass piece.

Philip Glass: Metamorphosis 1

Pupil Piece:

Listen to both of these pieces and make specific comments about how the pupil has used harmony, dynamics and rhythm. Then, give the pupil two very specific, small, achievable targets to help them get to an A* grade.