The Outline for my workshop was For 6+ participants. 7 students volunteered.
Warm up – physical first, then Vocal- to phonic sounds.
I Introduced theme – Syllabic Rhythm
I Explained that you can use words from any semantic group, i.e. words that are all connected to one another.
e.g: place names, food groups, band names etc.
For this workshop I invited participants to choose Pasta types giving the example penne others proposed: macaroni, tagliatelli, ravioli, cannelloni, spagetti, linguini, lasagne, spagetti hoops!
We said them all at varying speeds, then each participant picked a single pasta type and we layered these in different rhythms. Then I asked for the addition of Sauce: I gave the example of puttanesca. Others proposed carbonara, cheese, tomato. We then mixed Pasta and Sauce all different rhythms at the same time.
Immediate feedback from Laurie was that the rhythm aspects were good but that I could have added pitch.
My own evaluation is that initially I felt a little nervous knowing this was being examined. I had planned to use pitch but forgot. Although I have led workshops before, it has previously been with primary schools or special needs groups. With this group of my college peers I felt that everyone grasped the topic quickly. Judging from the reactions, fun was had by all and there was interesting rhythmic aspects from each participant. This was a positive experience despite the nerves. Huge thanks to all the volunteers who made this so enjoyable.