We are a group of teachers, musicians and technologists who specialise in composition and improvisation using iPads. Ben Sellers and Travis Snyder began running music workshops with iPads in a Hackney community centre in 2011, developing an approach that combined outstanding musical outcomes with an implicit development of musicianship and theory.
They then transferred this approach to both formal mainstream and SEN/D contexts and began codifying their methods into what became the 2014 textbook ‘Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad’, and a popular teacher training scheme. In 2016, Travis returned to California to become the head of Assistive Technology for the San Francisco District School Board. 2017 saw the publication of several new resources, including a second edition of the Garageband textbook, and formal partnerships with three UK Music Education Hubs. 2018 is set to be a big year for Transformance Music, building on a continuing commitment to putting creativity at the heart of musical learning. Watch this space!
Ben Sellers is a multi-instrumentalist, trainer, and classroom teacher based in Yorkshire. His practice focuses on songwriting/composition and improvisation, often using technology, and often in SEN/D settings. Author of the textbook ‘Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad’, and leader of Transformance Music’s training programme, his approach and curricula are now used by teachers on five continents. Like his workshop leader heroes, he sees the music workshop as a space for personal and social transformation. In addition to his role as an Associate Musician with Drake Music, recent partners have included the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Museum of London, WOMAD Festival and several UK Music Hubs. You can hear some of his compositions with Colin Samurai here.
is a musician, technologist and educator specialising in computing and technology. He delivers training to schools, music hubs and cultural organisations around the country, and has written schemes of work for and advised schools on how to approach the recent changes to the primary computing curriculum. He enjoys inspiring the next generation of mad scientist inventors through a mixture of art, music, coding and robotics!
He is creative director of A Little Learning, an Associate Musician with Drake Music, and forms part of the DMLab project, the R&D branch of Drake Music aimed at supporting the creation of new accessible music technology.
Dave has created his own work under various alias’ over the years, receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra and being featured on compilations from the likes of Fabric Live and Dj Yoda. Dave has released vinyl, cd and digital downloads under the alias Awekid on the label Ejectorseat Records.
Travis Snyder is a musician and educator, specializing in SEN and software/hardware development aimed at accommodating students with severe physical disabilities. He began teaching guitar to his friends at age 15, eventually developing his hobby into a full-time business. Since his bedroom days of “guitaring” he has branched further out into the family of string instruments, primarily with the harp, viola, violin, and pedal steel. He has been involved with programs such as El Sistema Saint Louis: Orchestrating Diversity, the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, and iPad music workshops throughout the United States and England.
Peter Keserue is an experienced multi-instrumentalist, specialising in working with at-risk cohorts of pupils in primary and secondary schools across London. Of Italian-Hungarian descent, he has led an avant-garde free improvisation project for almost a decade and has been singing with an overtone choir in the UK for the past 4 years. He also hosts free improvisational music nights. He specialises in empowering people to experiment and enjoy playing musical instruments at any level. He believes free improvisation challenges listening, while encouraging interaction and awareness of others in a collaborative, non-hierarchical environment.
Courtney Castro is a classroom teacher and trainer based in Orange County, CA. She has played multiple instruments since childhood and is currently completing a masters in songwriting pedagogy. She leads our training programme in the USA.
Natasha Natarajan is the designer and webmaster for Transformance Music. A freelance graphic and web designer based in Scotland, she is currently studying fine art and believes strongly in the empowering and therapeutic nature of the creative arts. She has the most refined music collection in the organisation, and has recently taken up the drums.