Teaching Resources

Training and Presentations

Warwick Music Group has presented a number of teacher training and professional development days across the world. You can watch them again below:

A New Instrument for Learning and Fun in Elementary Music: Meet the pBuzz (TMEA, February 2017)

Learn and get hands-on experience with this new, fun addition to the world of elementary musical instruments—the pBuzz. The pBuzz brings a new level of student engagement with musical instruments unlike anything before. Gain fresh and exciting ways to enhance aural skills, physical coordination, music literacy, improvisation and more. Clinicians will engage the audience by having 50–60 instruments available to try.

Adding pBone to your Modern Band Ensemble (Little Kids Rock Rockfest, July 2017)

Quickly add a horn section to your modern rock band by attending this session! The forces combine to bring you the maker of the pBone and method from a Chicago classroom, where pBones delight hundreds of students each week. You will learn proper technique of a pBone, while using the modern band method to quickly give access to your students so they can rock in no time. Plus, play along tracks will be available so you can quickly understand how to implement the horn into current little kids rock song charts. So try something new or brush up on your old horn chops cause you’ll be rocking in no time on pBone.

Exploring Creativity in Music to grow the base of brass players (School District of Philadelphia, August 2017)

Experience the passion, desire and drive of the British pioneers behind pBone, pTrumpet and pBuzz – the progressive pathway of instruments that grow the base of brass players and improve continuation throughout your programs. The session will include:

– Discussion of the basic pedagogy of brass playing
– How pInstruments nurture a coherent and progressive pathway in brass learning
– Engage in creative music practice that unlocks great brass technique learning in an informal setting.

Introducing Brass Playing into the General Music Classroom (School District of Philadelphia, August 2017)

Enrich your classroom offering with the world of brass playing. Through pBuzz, you will understand the basic principles of brass playing and directly correlate these skills into your existing knowledge and experience of recorders, boomwhackers, ukuleles, singing. Your students will quickly achieve an authentic buzz, see and hear the relationship of pitch to length, and sing/buzz/play at pitch with differentiation – and, of course have fun too!

Progression in Brass Learning through Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3 (Music Mark North West Teachers Conference, September 2017)

Chris Fower explores progression in brass learning through KS1-3 including:

– When and how best to introduce brass skills and what these skills might be, with particular emphasis on large group and whole class learning
– Exploring the key, core skills needed to form a foundation for brass learning
– Reflect and review how to organise and accredit early skills development
– Our instruments and the educational reasoning behind their construction and design
– How pInstruments provide a coherent progressive pathway in brass learning
– Map the importance of successful outcomes in foundation skills for future success
– An opportunity to focus on the delivery of early instrumental skills in the language of music
– Discussion about existing practice and sharing both success and challenge in this area

Introducing the pBuzz into the General Music Classroom (Webinar, September 2017)

The pBuzz is an incredible new instrument for all ages that matches perfectly with all the other instrumental music you incorporate in your elementary program. The pBuzz qualifies for the 2017 TMEA Grant. Jenny Dees and Keith Dye will be leading you through an engaging demonstration and discussion. We will share experiences, material and be ready to answer your questions. Melissa Blum from West Music will also join. Beyond the promotional offer for a classroom set – Melissa will help with questions to make your grant application a success.


These materials are aimed at 6-7 years old but are suitable for children from 5-8 years old. The four-session plan creates a beginning in brass knowledge along with a concert performance. The key learning objectives include left from right, pulse and pitch along with performance skills.
The scheme is largely informal in that no written material is used from the pupil’s perspective and most skills are delivered through a listening activity.
Below is a link to a 10 minute film explaining the plan alongside a film of the performance and reactions from parents, teachers and pupils.

pBone mini

  • Get Started on pBone mini (bass clef) [PDF]

  • NEW! Beginning Band Fun Book (pBone mini) by Larry Newman. Also available to buy in hardcopy from Amazon

    The pBone mini guides are designed to create a starter pack into the world of brass playing. Aimed at independent learners, probably a child supported by an adult, these guides blend informal and formal instrumental learning practice including early brass technique with key musical learning objectives and musical notation. Backing tracks and video are available to download in support of these guides. The guides are both in bass clef, concert and in Eb treble to fit with UK brass band learning patterns.

  • This presentation is a blow-by-blow guide to presenting the pBone circle plan. It includes video examples from a variety of practitioners work around the world, each making the concept into their own, using largely informal practice.



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