Fun to Learn, Simple to Teach: How the Vamoosh series motivates young musicians, making life easier for their teachers.


Vamoosh has had a huge impact on string teaching around the world. With the emphasis on ensemble playing right from the start, the charming and simple layout coupled with engaging backing tracks were an instant success amongst teachers back when it first launched in 2009. Comprised of a mix of standard classics and original compositions by Thomas Gregory, this cunningly crafted series addresses technical needs in a fun and engaging way. In this presentation, you’ll get the chance to hear from the creator about the thinking that went into the series. Learn how to find new ways to engage your students, keep their attention, and develop a healthy and rounded technique. This presentation will be of interest to string teachers who work with both groups and individuals.

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About the speaker

Thomas Gregory, Cello

Thomas Gregory is a cellist, composer and conductor with over two decades of teaching experience working with children in a variety of settings. He is a prolific composer of educational material that includes arrangements and compositions for a wide variety of ensembles and levels. He is best known for his series Vamoosh that has seen worldwide success. The series now includes over 50 books, encompassing Strings, Piano, Woodwind and Brass instruments. Wherever possible, pieces overlap across instrument groups with the emphasis on ensemble playing right from the start. Thomas has also been commissioned to write music for several organizations at home and abroad. One such commission was performed by over 250 children at the Royal Albert Hall. As a cellist, Thomas has performed all the major cello concertos and plays chamber music regularly. He also conducts several ensembles for both children and adults. He studied cello at the Guildhall School of Music in London and the University of Michigan. He is currently based in his hometown, London.