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Online sessions during challenging times!

In response to the need to distance ourselves and keep safe and healthy at home, we are putting together a number of online sessions to occupy, entertain and educate those special ones in your care. Have a look and see what’s on offer, drop us a line, and we’ll do the rest!  Contact us here…

Presentation delivered at the Music and Drama Education Expo 2020

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As promised, here is a more comprehensive copy of the presentation delivered by Clare on Wednesday 4th March at Olympia, London. It contains a number of links and references to further information and resources. Drop us a line if you have any questions or comments. The presentation has been divided into three separate blogs here:…

10 helpful strategies to support successful music teaching to Early Years’ groups which include SEND learners

“I have a variety of abilities in one of my music groups, which also includes some SEND learners. How can I possibly accommodate their needs and provide a comprehensive musical experience that engages all the children? I feel it’s impossible!”  This is a question posed by several music teachers. Often, musicians find themselves exploring music…

Considering SEND learners within the Early Years’ music group setting…

Our songs have proved to be particularly popular with music teachers needing SEND resources that provide effective teaching for Early Years’ learning. This is probably because all our songs originated as seeds actually during our music sessions.  Rather than having been developed from a top-down perspective (where the song has been randomly composed and then…

How to make… a homemade guitar!

Easy method: A homemade guitar can be assembled with nothing but a paper towel tube, an empty cereal box and some rubber bands. Make one with this easy-to-follow tutorial! Adult supervision is necessary. Step 1 – Gather your materials: For your home-made guitar you’ll need the following: (1) a cereal box (2) a large cardboard…

How to make… a homemade microphone!

It’s time to channel your inner soul singer! Create your very own microphone out of these simple household objects. Step 1 – Gather your materials: For your homemade microphone we’re going to need thefollowing: (1) scissors (2) PVA glue (3) a paper towel tube (4) a styrofoam ball (5) coloured card (6) tin foil Step…

How to make… homemade tubular bells!

While not a faithful reproduction of tubular bells, an array of sturdy pint glasses can make a fine substitute! Always make sure this activity is carried out under adult supervision; if you’re worried about spills, assist your child in tapping on the glasses.  Step 1 – Gather your materials: For your homemade tubular bellls we’re…

How to make… homemade drums!

Homemade drums are the perfect way to teach your kids rhythm. And if you’re on a tight budget look no further; this drumkit can be assembled using nothing but pots and pans from your kitchen cupboards! Easy method: Step 1 – Gather your materials: It’s pretty easy to assemble your own drum kit from household…

‘How to make music…’

We have been hard at work on a number of ‘How to make music’ projects. This has involved sharing our music with parents, teachers and childminders, who have wanted to experience valuable music-making together with their children, but haven’t known how to go about doing it.  This is something so close to our hearts; that,…

The Sound Toolkit: developing aural awareness in Early Learners – Part 2: categorising the aural concepts

What’s this all about? This blog continues the theme of developing aural awareness. Here we are going to share with you our aural ‘groupings’. Then we are going to offer you an activity that you can use with any age group at all – from the very Early Years through to senior citizens. We have…