07963 462 473
Jonny Parr is a musician, songwriter and tutor with 20 years music industry experience in live performance, writing, recording, management and band promotion.
In addition to private instrument tuition, Jonny designs and runs music workshops for groups and organisations. Read the case studies below for information on previous events and click the images to view the full photos and press clippings. The topics in the lists are examples of workshop courses and seminars that can be provided. However, workshop focus and content can vary and can be created specifically to your requirements and the groups' interests. All ages and environments can be catered for, such as after-school clubs; holiday play-schemes; youth groups; schools, colleges and training centres; corporate entertainment activities & team-building events; community arts projects; church groups and senior citizens social events. Jonny also has experience of working with people with physical and learning disabilities and welcomes enquiries from support groups, charities and organisations.
Whether you're looking for a hands-on, practical workshop making music or a presentation/seminar on various aspects of the music business as an independent musican, Jonny Parr can provide an interesting and bespoke event for your group. He is also available as a guest speaker for presentations and panels at events, schools, colleges and music organisations.
To discuss your requirements, contact Jonny Parr on 07963 462 473 or email jonny @ parrguitar.co.uk
'Summer Showcase - Rock School'
ENABLE Link East Dumbartonshire / ENABLE Scotland
Jonny Parr provided 'Rock School' music workshops for three years in a row, as part of the ENABLE Link summer project that helps to build friendships between young people with and without learning difficulties. Supported by East Dunbartonshire Council, the events were funded by Better Breaks (2011) and Radio Clyde Cash for Kids (2012). Bringing together 20 young people from East Dunbartonshire, aged 12-18 yrs old, the group attend a variety of workshops and events over the summer holidays including acting & theatre; street dance; sports; animation & manga; and music, culminating with the ENABLE Link Summer showcase live performance at the Fort Theatre, Bishopbriggs to a packed audience of family & friends.
The 'Rock School' is a popular part of the summer programme lasting one to two weeks and is a series of informative, creative, productive and fun daily workshops. Rock School is designed to be all-inclusive and participants are involved in all aspects of the project, despite musical ability or experience. Those with existing musical skills, e.g. guitarists, bassists, singers etc, are assigned roles in the Rock School Band and rehearse for a live performance of songs at the Summer Showcase. Non-musical participants are given the opportunity and experience of trying out instruments including drums, percussion, guitar, bass, keyboards and are encouraged to be part of the band if they wish. Or, if they don't fancy being in the spotlight, they are assigned equally important 'behind-the-scenes' roles such as P.R, press & promotion; band marketing; designing a band logo, flyers; and stage crew etc.
Each workshop incorporates music listening & group discussions; band rehearsals; instrument tuition and live performance coaching to develop their stage presence and showmanship. Other sessions include overviews of the music business as an independent musican. Songs are chosen by the group and have so far included Paradise City - Guns n Roses, I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers, Born This Way - Lady Gaga, We Will Rock You - Queen, Use Somebody - Kings of Leon, Highway to Hell - AC/DC, Hey Soul Sister - Train, as well as solo renditions of songs by Katy Perry and others. One of the groups even wrote and composed their own original song, entitled 'Curious Disguises'.
For more information on ENABLE Scotland, visit www.enable.org.uk
'ART, MUSIC & EMOTION'
RIG Arts / Inverclyde Music Service
ART, MUSIC & EMOTION was a series of group workshops for children aged between 6 to 11 years old who were attending various summer school play schemes in Inverclyde. The workshops ran for five weeks and explored the connections between art, music and feelings. At the end of the workshops, the artwork was exhibited at RIG Arts, accompanied with a percussive audio soundtrack recorded during the workshops.
Notre Dame, Kilmacolm, St Ninian’s, Inverkip, St Michael’s Primary Schools & Boglestone Community Centre Summer playschemes took part. The kids first listened to a selection of music performed by Jonny Parr, covering different moods and themes (happy, sad, scary, lively etc), and were asked to draw how the music made them feel. Working with local artists Dawn Hair & Karen Orr, the groups looked at the psychology of colour and facial expressions to then create face masks and face painting sessions. They enjoyed acting out the emotion painted on their faces for a series of photographs that were included in the exhibition. After the music listening session, each group got the chance to make a noise in a practical music workshop, recording their own soundtrack with percussion instruments.
For more information on RIG Arts, visit www.rigarts.org
Practical Music Workshops
Guitar Group Jam
Ukelele Group Jam
Music Business DIY Workshops / Seminars
Building a career in music
Booking Gigs, Tour Planning/Management
P.R., Press, Marketing & Promotion
Releasing & Selling Your Own Music
Starting a Record Label
Managing Money, Budgeting & Accounts
Photos courtesy of ENABLE
Press clipping & pic: Kirkintilloch Herald.
Images used with participants' permission.
Photos courtesy of RIG Arts
Images used with children & parents' permission.