Ty Garner’s Workshops

On Ty:

Ty Garner is a qualified teacher. In 1996, he graduated with BA (Hons) Jazz Studies from Leeds College of Music www.lcm.ac.uk and more recently in 2012 with MA Music from Nottingham University www.nottingham.ac.uk. In his workshops, Ty takes his audiences right into the heart of music. Although they may differ in content and level of difficulty, his workshops have one thing in common: listening to music will never be the same again. The people who take part will go home with an insight and understanding of music that will change the way they listen to it forever. In less than an hour, Ty travels time and space to give his audience a real understanding of the depth and possibilities of music. From the slaves in America to the working class communities in England, from lonely prisoners to famous rock stars: Ty not only explains the development of music from a theoretical and historical point of view, but paints those sceneries with many anecdotes. They stem from both his own experiences touring many big and small stages in Europe and from the many musicians he worked with and researched.

On this workshop (for more workshops, ask Ty):

Name: The Echoes of Popular Music

Who: School children and young adults

Content: Music has the power to lift us from our ordinary lives. Often when we feel sad music can change the way we feel about ourselves and about our lives. What is it in music that creates this change in us? In short, it is the magic mechanisms of rhythm and melody. They draw our attention and make us respond to music. Not just in England, but all over the world. And not just now, but since prehistoric times we have responded in this way. In this workshop, rhythm and melody are used to let schoolchildren explore the links between blues (historical) and dance (modern) music – other musical styles are included. By making a giant time leap, the scene of slavery is set. It shows how music gave the slaves strength and courage to survive. Out of Africa, the slaves ‘rocked the boat’ and headed towards America with their songs of despair, hardship and hope all expressed through music. These echoes are alive in the music we love today. Through listening to the slaves’ music and Ty’s stories about their hardship and strength, school children get the chance to sit in a boat and experience the same rhythm and melody that moved the slaves. The tutor will encourage and engage with students to share their own ideas about music to develop their existing skills in ‘listening’ and ‘responding’ to their own musical culture.


  • to provide the student with a chronological understanding of the history of popular music
  • to introduce the student to the ‘common time’ unit of the four-beat bar
  • to introduce the student to the melodic line and ‘melodic hooks’
  • to show how blues and dance music share the same musical elements of rhythm/melody
  • to empower the student to identify with their own music

Duration: The duration is between 40 to 60 minutes

Recorded music used:

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain

Bob Marley