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Working By Ear by Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter

Working By Ear: Ideas and resources for learning and teaching music by ear

by Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter

The material in this booklet is derived from Rob and Miranda's ongoing work as folk musicians and workshop leaders, and draws heavily on ideas they developed and experiences they have had while working at Hanham Wood Academy in Spring 2014 as part of the national The Full English schools programme.

Rob and Miranda visited the school nine times over several months, working mostly with Year 8 students in their timetabled music lessons. They also worked with a sixth form music group, and developed an after-school folkgroup. The material and suggestions are intended as starting points rather than fixed points, and we hope you'll find ways of incorporating ideas like this into your teaching.

You can download the PDF from the PDF tab at the top of this panel.

You can freely download audio recordings, made by Rob and Miranda, from the Audio tab at the top of this panel.

You can watch the final performance of the Hanham Wood Academy project at The Full English, Town Hall Birmingham, 25 June 2014, by clicking on the video tab at the top of this panel (rectangle with arrow).

Hanham Wood Academy performance of 'South West Tunes' at The Full English Showcase conference, Town Hall Birmingham, 25 June 2014

More videos

  • Hanham Wood Academy performance of 'South West Tunes' at The Full English Showcase conference, Town Hall Birmingham, 25 June 2014
    Download: mp4 (14.18MB) ogv (24.80MB)
  • Audio 01: Learn Shepherds Hey with Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter

    Download: mp3(5.22MB) ogg(8.95MB)
  • Audio 02: Shepherds Hey tune with Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter

    Download: mp3(1.74MB) ogg(2.85MB)
  • Audio 03: None So Pretty with Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter

    Download: mp3(1.98MB) ogg(3.37MB)
  • Audio 04: Poor Old Man with Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter

    Download: mp3(1.15MB) ogg(1.87MB)
  • Audio 05: Poor Old Man (slow) with Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter

    Download: mp3(914.32KB) ogg(1.50MB)
  • Audio 06: Softly Robin with Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter

    Download: mp3(1.89MB) ogg(3.11MB)
  • Audio 07: Softly Robin (slow) with Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter

    Download: mp3(1.89MB) ogg(3.10MB)

Digital Archive records related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.

Maps on the Full English site related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.