Anna Meredith

Connect It

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Introduction to Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith is a young Scottish composer who writes electronic and acoustic music. She likes to work with orchestras, bands and choreographers to create music that uses clapping, stamping, shouting and beatboxing instead of instruments. She has performed at music festivals and her music has been played on BBC Radio 1. She's even performed one of her pieces as a flashmob on the M6 motorway!

In Anna Meredith's body percussion piece 'Connect It' a variety of rhythmic sounds and movements are passed between the performers. This musical effect is known as a canon. A canon is where two or more instruments,voices or sounds play the same music, but starting at different times.

Listen out for: repeated rhythmic patterns and sounds made by people using their bodies as instruments.

Resources for working with Anna Meredith's Connect It

Download the .mp3 Meredith's Connect It

(PC: right mouse click Mac: ctrl-click)

Performed by Drum Works, a youth percussion group from East London.

Follow the simple steps in this songwriting masterclass with Fiona Bevan and Kal Lavelle and pupils will be writing their own songs in not time!

Watch the clip

In the films below, Anna Meredith demonstrates eight choreographed steps which use a combination of body percussion, dance moves and vocal percussion. These moves and sounds link together to form the fabric of Connect It. Anna and the children in the film perform the moves in mirror image so your students can copy exactly what they see on screen.

There are 2 ways of using the films to learn the moves with your pupils:

  1. watch the Full Tutorial (19 minutes) and use the pause button to allow time to rehearse each move
  2. watch the tutorial in 4 separate parts (over 4 lessons perhaps) to enable you to get to grips with a few moves per session

Once your students are confident with the moves, you can perform it alongside the clip from the film (available soon) or the audio recording of Connect It (.mp3) (to download: PC: right-click and save Mac: ctrl-click and save)

Print out the lesson notes to use as an aide-mémoire (PDF).

Connect It tutorial films

Inspirational films: Connect It