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Performance Making  

A Manual for Music Workshops

Performance Making $22.72 ex GST
$24.99 inc GST
Leak takes a fresh approach to musical learning by using the body as a performance instrument. It’s a technique that defies the constraints of more conventional ways of learning music which focus on a particular instrument or style. Based on extensive experience as a musician and teacher, Leak’s unique ‘performance-making’ process builds musical skills and imagination, transforming students into composer–performers. This book shows how to run a performance-making workshop (everything from setting up a workspace to managing group dynamics), and offers a wide range of warm-up techniques plus challenging exercises on pulse, metre, rhythm, tone, timbre and more.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-673-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB


Graeme Leak is an acclaimed performer, composer and instrument maker, with a background in percussion and drumming. Since completing studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1978) and in New York (1985), he has made an original and distinguished contribution to Australian music.

Graeme's diverse activities include a decade with the legendary Flederman Ensemble (which championed new Australian music throughout the 1980s), regular appearances in Melbourne's ASTRA concerts, seasons at The Last Laugh, solo recitals across Australia, the US and Europe, plus many innovative projects in music-theatre, dance and improvised music.

Parallel to his local and international performing career, Graeme has held teaching positions at the Queensland Conservatorium, the Canberra School of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium and La Trobe University. He regularly conducts public music workshops and acts as music director for large-scale events. Graeme is currently institutionally unattached.