music. He came to our schools to help us discover if through music we can share what we like and love. Together we made some wonderful musical stories!
David ‘Stickman’ Higgins is an artist as well as an educator and drummer. Please click on the picture (above) to read more about Stickman.
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This is David Higgins but we call him Stickman.
Stickman loves telling stories through his music.
He came to our schools to help us discover if through music we can share what we like and love. Together we made some wonderful musical stories!
David ‘Stickman’ Higgins is an artist as well as an educator, drummer and percussionist. Please click on the picture (above) to read more about Stickman.
We experimented with percussion instruments but also ‘every day objects’ such as paper plates and scourers for the washing up. We did some chanting and made some simple songs- for example about the things we do in the morning and what we like to eat. The children and young people helped to create these songs by calling out or using their personal technology to choose words to fit in the songs. Stickman also incorporated some of the wonderful sounds that some of the children made.
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We had a huge amount of fun and some of the teaching staff was surprised that some young collaborators who normally do not like structured activities- were really into making music with Stickman (even though they had never met him before). It was really interesting to see how there was room for the young collaborators to engage with the session on their own terms. For example one of the young people initially sat with his body turned away from the action. He was more interested in looking at the books as the session took place in the library. However, at one stage during the session he started to use the book as an instrument- tapping along to the rhythm on the hard cover.
We will continue to look at the research finding and I will add developments to this page.