You know how people talk about their 'happy place' and perhaps imagine sitting on an empty beach gazing out to the ocean?
Well, a beach doesn't work for me ... sand between my toes annoys me and I do worry about getting sunburnt! No ... my 'happy place has always been musical' ... playing Bach on the piano or cello, playing piano duets, string quartets or in an orchestra, and of course, singing in choirs.
So it won't surprise anyone to know that I am feeling on top of the world after an amazing week of music making and learning at the BKA summer school in Nottingham. BKA, to those who don't know, is the British Kodály Academy - and Kodály, to those that don't know, was a 20th century Hungarian composer and music educator who, with colleagues, developed an inspiring approach to teaching music. Whilst this approach isn't the answer for everyone, it works a treat for me and my musical brain - all those things I didn't quite understand or couldn't quite do at school or college became clear and possible with Kodály! And I love using the playful Kodály approach in my primary teaching.
Thanks to the BKA summer school, I was in my happy place all of last week, surrounded by fellow musicians and teachers, singing and learning and singing and dancing (and drinking) and singing a bit more - my musical batteries have been thoroughly recharged!
Here's a few pictures, videos and links to videos to give you a flavour ...