Musical Gems

Music provision for Nurseries and Early Years settings.

The Musical Gems programme has been developed by teachers from the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership with specialist experience in early years settings to enhance the three prime and four specific areas of development set out in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework (published March 2012).

What's involved

Young children are introduced to simple songs appropriate for their age and ability and by process of imitation they begin to sing and improve their sense of the music around them. Based on the principles of Kodaly, and delivered using rhymes, song, movement, games and instrumental work, children are introduced to key musical concepts including:

  • Pulse | keeping a steady beat
    Rhythm | patterns of sound and silence
    Tempo | awareness of musical speed
    Pitch | distinction of high and low notes
    Dynamics | distinction of loud and quiet
    Silence | awareness of no sound at all

Sessions last for 40-45 minutes and are delivered by a specially trained Music Partnership teacher. The programme aims to develop:

  • Auditory discrimination, memory and sequencing | tuning into and remembering sounds
    Communication skills | encouraging to talk about their experiences using new vocabulary
    Creativity and confidence | allowing children to be creative with music and be confident in their exploration
    Spatial awareness, fine and gross motor skills | exercises and activities to focus co-ordination and develop an awareness of environment
    Turn-taking and team work | developing the principles of working together and sharing.

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To find out more about Musical Gems, how it could work in your school and your setting, costs and booking, please use the e-form below.

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