I like music. In fact, I love music. I love music so much that I want to tell the world about all about it. But I don’t just want to tell the world about music. I want the world to hear music too—live music—that is, music played by real people on real instruments for a real audience.
My name is Malcolm Pullan. I am a father of two girls who go to a primary school in the UK. It is an ordinary local school with ordinary local children. Over the last two years I have played the piano at my daughters’ school assembly on a Monday morning. At first I simply played what was asked of me—songs for the children to sing to. But then I thought… what a great chance to introduce kids to all sorts of music! So I began playing music when the children came in and out of assembly…
My ‘Mozart’ poster
Well, to cut a long story short, the school now has a ‘composer’ or ‘theme’ of the week. This is displayed on a poster at the back of the piano during assembly. I also give a short talk about the week’s topic as well. Over the last two years the kids have had composers from J.S. Bach to Dave Brubeck, and themes from festivals to fireworks.
It’s been a lot of hard work! I have had to learn to play lots of new music. But then sometimes I will get a surprise and know it’s worth the effort. I’ll never forget the kids listening in wonder to a Bach fugue. And I’ll also never forget their response to the terror in the music of Shostakovich.
My ‘Fireworks’ poster
But if ‘Bach’, ‘fugue’ and ‘Shostakovich’ mean nothing to you, don’t worry! You can read all about it here over the coming months. I have decided to write about my talk each week. I also plan to note down any little music ideas I may have and point you to other music information on the internet. These things will appear on the News page. So do keep coming back for more! Maybe the News page will even have a comment or two in the future from those who matter most—the kids I play for (kids, don’t forget to make sure you check with your parents or teacher before writing a comment!).
Happy reading! 🙂
P.S. If you go to my daughters’ school you will know me as Dr Pullan. But don’t worry about that. I don’t mind people using my first name!
- This is what I look like!. This is my own picture.
- My ‘Mozart’ poster. This is my own picture.
- My ‘Fireworks’ poster. This is my own picture.