Welcome to engagewithmusic
the website of musician and composer David Trouton.
For more than 20 years now, I’ve been lucky enough to earn a living writing music for theatre.
Along the way, I’ve become fascinated with how music influences our emotions, alters our perception of events and helps to tell stories.
More recently I’ve been sharing my ideas on this with children and their teachers in courses and projects that use music to enhance pre-reading skills, develop emotional literacy and encourage cross-curricular learning.
Exploring how music helps to tell stories is an extremely productive and creative way to help children engagewithmusic.
The site contains detailed information on the education projects, courses and resources that are available at present, as well as links to the research and evaluation materials that inform my work. There are also clips of original music for you to listen to as you browse.
News update: July 2015
Thanks to an artist’s bursary from Creative Scotland, I have had the opportunity over the last 6 months to spend time researching contemporary ideas in the relationship between music and emotion – attending academic conferences, interviewing academics, researchers and composers about their new ideas and approaches, as well as spending some time in the studio responding to all this information.
The results will be displayed soon in a new section of the website which I hope will develop into a forum for commenting, exchanging ideas and sharing information on the subject.
Check out the Music and Emotion drop down menu above or click on the link here.
Music in Transition is a new resource developing and expanding the approach used in Music and Me, with new sound stories, songs, and games, as well as making activities, imaginary journeys and ideas for projects that span the transition.
The resource is the outcome of a 6 month project in 8 West Lothian schools, which enabled me to follow groups of pre-school pupils in their final term of nursery into the first term of their primary 1 year, exploring the themes and issues arising during this time of change.
Music in Transition is designed for use by Nursery and Primary 1 staff, extending this music-based, active-learning approach into the Primary setting, affording opportunities for collaboration between nursery and P1 teachers, and continuity of learning across the transition.
For further information on Music in Transition, please visit here.
A limited print run of the Music and Me resource and CD is available to order at £22.50 per copy (including p&p).
To order your copies, please contact me by email via the Contact page.
Please feel free to wander around and you will hopefully find something of specific interest.
Most importantly, I’m here to exchange ideas, so please feel free to comment, question, criticise, contest, suggest, request and otherwise contribute via the comments box in each section or on the Blog page.
Thanks for visiting.