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Ollie Tunmer Beat Goes On

PODCAST [21] Body percussion, STOMP and accessible music-making – with Ollie Tunmer, Beat Goes On

In this episode, I’m talking with Ollie Tunmer of Beat Goes On. Ollie teaches STOMP-style body percussion and samba drumming to all ages, including in schools from primary to secondary, and to teachers. In primaries, he’s developed Body Percussion with Literacy, working with literacy specialist Pie Corbett, and his sessions recently moved online during lockdown.

You can listen now below, or on Spotify (search for the name) and iTunes or your favourite podcast app.

What’s in this episode?

We talk about:

  • how Ollie auditioned for Stomp as a teenager – which was where he discovered a passion for body percussion – but only later was successful in joining their ranks
  • his local connections in Brighton: how his parents taught music in the area; he learned piano and drums through the music service; and ended up teaching with his own teachers
  • the inclusive nature of body percussion and samba as a form of community music
  • its use in primary and secondary schools, including in literacy
  • adapting to the pandemic and moving workshops online
  • the importance of bringing students’ and teachers’ own musical interests into sessions

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About the music for education & wellbeing podcast

Listen in each month to get ideas, inspiration and practical advice from people involved in music education, community music, music therapy and more. Learn how you can break down barriers to music, through communications, advocacy and inclusive practice.

The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution.


Music for Education & Wellbeing podcast [21] TRANSCRIPT:  Ollie Tunmer


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