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Music for Early Years Settings

Berkshire Maestros has a team of Early Years specialists who offer a range of musical activities and support to Early Years settings across Berkshire in schools, preschools, nurseries and children’s centres. We offer the following:

  • Specialist music teachers who can deliver exciting weekly curriculum music sessions, linked to the EYFS goals and National Curriculum aims
  • Half day workshops
  • Amazing Pantomimus workshops with unique pop-up screens bookable for a minimum of 5 weeks

Half Day Workshops

For EYFS and KS1: MUSIC TIME!
Bespoke music workshops based on a theme of your choice, led by experienced musicians! These workshops include a range of songs, games, opportunities to play percussion instruments, as well as a chance to listen and respond to a specially chosen piece of music. Children will develop their singing voices, learn about pulse, rhythm, dynamics and tempo, and have fun.

For EYFS: MUSIC MAKERS
Our Early Years specialist will bring a range of inspiring percussion instruments and props to your setting and join in with the children’s creative play. This is a child-led experience so children are free to engage as much or as little as they like, and we can be both indoors and/or outdoors, singing and playing instruments. The session also includes a teacher-led group time where children have an opportunity to meet special instruments and to sing together.

For KS1: MUSIC GAMES
Learn a variety of fun singing games to give your school a musical boost! The games promote a broad range of musical skills from developing singing voices to following a beat, and they also help to develop confidence and social skills such as turn-taking or following instructions. For maximum benefit, class teachers and other staff should attend with the children so that everybody can remember and continue to play the games after the workshop.

These brand new workshops can be booked for just £170 per half day.

Availability is limited - please email earlyyears@berkshiremaestros.org.uk to make a booking.

Download our Early Years and KS1 workshops flyer here.


Pantomimus Circle

An innovative approach to music education with young children, singing, playing instruments and expressive movement are at the heart of every Pantomimus experience. Our aim is to inspire children to engage in a variety of musical activities, all of which support the EYFS Framework and the National Curriculum for music.

Our colourful pop-up backgrounds transform any space to immerse the children in a new environment. The emphasis is on enjoyment, engagement and playful learning. Pantomimus helps develop music ability, as well as boosting confidence, listening, social, emotional, language and communication skills.

What is Pantomimus?

Moving, singing, playing instruments and having fun are at the heart of every Pantomimus experience.

Our aim is to inspire children to engage in a wide variety of musical activities, all of which support the EYFS Framework and also the National Curriculum for music. Our colourful pop-up backgrounds transform any ordinary space into a different world, enclosing the children in an intimate environment, which enhances their ability to focus.

The emphasis is on enjoyment and playful learning whilst getting actively involved. The core activities are singing, moving, exploring sounds, expressive movement and playing percussion instruments. Confidence, listening, language and communication, and also social and emotional skills all naturally develop during the sessions too.

How does it Work?

  • Pantomimus is aimed at EYFS and KS1 aged children, so is ideal for schools, nurseries, children’s centres or playgroups.
  • We can put together a bespoke package to meet the needs of your setting, but as a guideline the minimum booking is 5 weeks to allow for learning and progression.
  • Sessions are normally led in small groups of up to 15 children, to allow for plenty of opportunities for taking turns.
  • Teachers and other adults in your setting are encouraged to join in so they can develop skills to carry on musical activities after the project.

The music education organisation Inspire Music, who bring together creative and effective ideas on improving the quality of music education, has conducted a case study of Pantomimus, citing it to be an example of an innovative and inspirational teaching project. Read their analysis, and watch a video of feedback from teachers who have hosted Pantomimus, by clicking on the link on the right.


How to book ‘Pantomimus’

Bookings are for a minimum of five weeks, but we recommend ten weeks or a full year for maximum benefit and progression.

Bookings can be half day or full day, depending on the size of your school.

Each session lasts 30 to 40 minutes and is suitable for up to fifteen children at a time. These small group sizes allow for effective use of turn-taking activities and games.

For more information have a look at our leaflet here. Please contact Danielle Ballantine-Drake (Head of Early Years) if you have any queries.


Why ‘Pantomimus’?

Pantomimus was an important theatrical performer in ancient Rome. The name means imitating everything. Making stylised movements and gestures to a simple musical accompaniment the actor would describe all the roles in a short story wearing a different mask for each character. This mostly non-verbal approach to music making has been developed to engage all children whatever their culture, language and educational needs. It is truly inclusive.


Feedback about Pantomimus:

  • “We have been thrilled with the impact Pantomimus has had on our children and, to be honest, the series of sessions exceeded our expectations.”
  • “It was amazing to watch the children’s faces when you played the guitar for the first time!”
  • “The children really developed their listening skills and there were lots of songs and activities that we will continue to use.”
  • “The painted backdrops are beautiful and there is always lots for the children to talk about.”
  • “The role of the screen has been most noticeable with our SEND group, who find sitting and listening, and even joining in very challenging. The progress from the first session until the last has been incredible.”
  • “All children, no matter their ability, were able to access these sessions at some level.”
  • “As a teacher with no music experience it has definitely given me ideas and the confidence that could be taken back to the class.”

“Pantomimus expressed actions, feelings, passions more beautifully, correctly and intelligibly than it would be possible to do by speaking or writing” (John Murray 1875)


 

On Your Feet

 

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Bells

 

Pantomimus Circle

 

 

Inspire Music

 

 Pantomims girl

 

Pantomimus Teacher

 

Pantomimus group

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