ABC Creative Music were founded by active professional jazz musicians and where possible we seek to recruit top flight active professional musicians as our trainers.
Over the past 15 years, ABC Creative Music has developed innovative cost-effective Nursery, Primary & ASN/SEN music programmes, delivered on interactive whiteboards and/or resource packs- with highly successful training programmes for non-specialist teachers.
Founded by leading Jazz Musicians Tom and Phil Bancroft, and developed in classrooms across Scotland, ABC programmes engineer grown-up musical creativity into child-friendly resources- with three important results:
- Smart activity design guarantees clear coherent musical outcomes that excite children and communicate with audiences. As children grow, the music children make develops in sophistication as they do, but is always clear, fun and entertaining.
- Simple activity interfaces leave children with real control of creative decision-making- so they have a strong sense of ownership of the musical outcomes.
- Simple resource design, with the clever stuff hidden behind the scenes, means non-specialist teachers can effectively lead all programmes.
Children love discovering ‘I am musical’- driving engagement with music and the development of core musical concepts and skills.
On-screen interactives develop creativity with animal noises, actions and percussion sounds. Age-appropriate notation develops in sophistication as children grow, moving to handout-based group work- with powerful audition formats honing performance skills.
Interest in the psychology of creativity makes teaching and learning safe and fun. By using simple of ideas of form (repetition- “Do it again”, contrast- “Do something different”, variation- “Same but different”) , children learn how to make music in real-time (improvisation) and ahead of time (composition) before applying their creative skills to instruments.
Similar care is taken in the design of CPD training for teachers- addressing head-on the anxiety teaching creates in many classroom teachers.
Music Specialists can move between easy-to-use shape notation and the stave, and the Music Leader programme allows them to use the ABC training website to lead CPD training of non-specialists in their own authorities, and support classroom teachers activities and integrate their own specialist input with that of class teachers in their schools- maximising the benefits for children.
ABC Online delivers everything you need through the interactive whiteboards: downloadable handouts, online assessment, training videos, curricular coding, and cross-curricular topic modules- including material for Christmas, the Olympics and Commonwealth games, and soon a Scots language module. Online Programmes are available for mainstream Primary classrooms and SEN/ASN settings.
Resource packs include mainstream classroom programmes for Nursery, Primary, specialised programmes for SEN/ASN settings, with additional programmes covering Global Citizenship Through Music, Enterprise (record and sell a CD of your own music to raise money for your school) and an exciting creative Singing resource- with a new Djembe resource about to come on-stream.
“Children are having so much fun, they don’t realise they are learning!” Kirstie Love, Primary Teacher
The ABC Team...
ABC Founders: Phil and Tom Bancroft
ABC was founded by twin brothers Tom and Phil Bancroft. Both studied Medicine at Cambridge University, and went on to become two of the UK’s leading jazz musicians. For the past 12 years, they have combined their interest in science, the brain and psychology, with a passion for education, particular exploring the huge potential creativity brings to children’s experience of education especially in music education.
Both Tom and Phil have played with many world class musicians from the classical, jazz, pop, and folk scenes including Sun Ra, Branford Marsalis, Martyn Bennett, Bill Wells, Hue & Cry and are members of the cross-genre 80 piece Grit Orchestra (click here), They have studied music and performed with top-level musicians from many areas of the world, including Cuba, South America, Africa and India. This wide range of experience in composed and improvised music from different traditions informs much of Tom and Phil’s approach to the design of ABC Creative Music programmes for children.
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Senior Trainer: Amy Geddes
Amy is Senior Trainer with and has built up a wealth of experience supporting non-specialist Nursery Educators and Primary classroom teachers in delivering ABC music programmes.
She manages sizeable programmes with Local Authorities, trains other trainers and is a member of the senior management team.
Amy is at the forefront of contemporary Scottish fiddle playing as a performer, teacher and composer. She studied for a degree in Scots Literatue and Language at Glasgow University.
Amy has taught fiddle in various primary and secondary schools and runs fiddle, step dance and mixed instrument groups for the Riddell Fiddles in the Scottish Borders. For many years she has tutored at RSAMD Junior Academy and the Glasgow and Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshops, as well as running residencies for Stirling Council. Amy regularly runs her own workshops bringing together an exciting array of international tutors to offer a unique approach to music making within the Scottish Tradition. She has recently published her own fiddle teaching book- Fyne Fiddles Volume 1.
This picture shows our admin team in a common pose - staring at Tom!
From left to right we have: Karolina Karp (admin/.finance), Amy Geddes (senior trainer/senor manager), Tom Bancroft (co-founder), and Vicky Fraser (admin).
early Years training team
As well as Phil and Amy this picture shows two of our Early Years training team - both fantastic traditional musicians and members of the Poozies - Mary McMaster (2nd from the left) and Sarah McFadyen (right).
Completing our set of wonderful traditional music based trainers we have the fiddler Gillian Frame as our Primary trainer.
Barbara Scott is mostly spending time with her grandchildren these days but she has been a huge contributor to ABC Creative Music over the last 15 years, working as a senior trainer and senior manager and someone who has taught and influenced everyone at ABC. She brought 25 years of experience as a visiting music specialist and a deep knowledge of a wide range of music education practice, including her extensive experience of Special Needs music, to the company. Barbara is also a harpist, singer, and talented visual artist.