Education

Swagatam offers tailor-made workshops for a wide range of groups. Prakriti and Barnaby each have rich experience as classroom teachers and workshop leaders, developing innovative and engaging activities for Pre-school, Primary, Secondary, and Higher Education environments.

Our education shows involve audience interaction and lively improvisation, making exotic music exciting, inspiring and easy to handle. With mischevious fun and flirtation, Swagatam bounces ideas back and forth between Scotland and India. Musical games highlight cultural qualities, bringing the ancient spirits of Hebridean and Hindustani music to life with enchanting power and playfulness.

Sample publicity for a children’s concert

Duration: 35 mins. Ages 0-6 (with parents and carers)

A memorable family adventure with musical delights from Scotland and India. Traditional chants, mouth music and hand movements are re-crafted with a brilliant touch for pre-school children. An action-packed, entertaining and culturally uplifting experience developed by innovators in pre-school music education: Barnaby leads the module Teaching Musics of the World at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has years of experience with nursery and primary-aged children, and Prakriti combines Orff methodology with traditional Indian material in her workshops and classes for kids in Kolkata and Glasgow. Be prepared for audience participation, dazzling vocal pyrotechnics, Highland bagpipes and mysterious Bronze Age triplepipes.

Educational experience

Prakriti Dutta has been running classes in Mel Milaap Community Centre, Glasgow, for children aged 4-6 and 6-10 since 2008. She combines a traditional Indian approach with Orff methods to make it more child-centred. In the following track, her younger class sings swarmalika in Raag Bhup:

Before coming to Scotland, Prakriti was the Indian classical music teacher at the Heritage School, Kolkata, where she was appointed to train children aged 13-18 who wanted to pursue music as their career. Since 2009, she has delivered guest workshops for Edinburgh University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Barnaby Brown began his career as a composer working with children aged 3-12 at St George’s School, Rome – a classroom music-making post giving 300 children of 70 nationalities a hands-on education, driven by the children’s creativity and the excitement of large-scale performances. Barnaby now teaches on the BEd (Music) and Scottish Music programmes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Following the progress of his own boys (aged 2 and 5) he has developed action songs and mouth music chants in weekly sessions at Glasgow’s West End Montessori Pre-School and Broomhill Primary.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dave Pearson
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 15:37:22

    Dear Barnaby, Found your video on the web. Fantastic stuff- truly unique.

    Best wishes

    Dave Pearson

  2. Barnaby Brown
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 13:48:02

    Thanks Dave
    I’m working on a piece I wrote for Anthony’s 75th birthday – ‘The Sliderule’ – for smallpipes and pyrex bowls, which plays on the polyphase idea (multiple resolutions of the same time signature). Hope to get a decent video made, but I’m playing it with Steve Forman at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on Thu 26 April, 7.30pm, Guinness Room as part of a student concert of new works in the Scottish tradition. You’d be more than welcome!
    Best wishes
    Barnaby

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