Music for the very young

FOR: Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1
DATES: term time
COST: £37.50 per one hour session, can be booked by term or 36 week academic year.

If children can get a taste for music at a young age this can spark a life-long interest – as well as developing other important skills. Primary schools have a vital role to play here, and our Octave programme is designed to support your school to provide the best opportunities to all your pupils.

Octave is an ideal introduction to music making and understanding music that develops a variety of transferable skills. It introduces children to singing, creative music and making music on the violin and is delivered through child-centered, fun lessons.

Our offer

Small group teaching within a whole class setting, with all students joining together to rehearse and perform later in the school year on the violin
Pedagogy developed from the educational concepts of Zoltan Kodaly (based on unaccompanied song, and relative sol-fa) and Emile Jacques Dalcroze (based on physical movement) and Colourstrings
Children first experience a variety of activities that will help to develop their basic musical skills without being hindered by the technical problems of holding or playing an instrument e.g. games, singing, movement (walking, marching, dancing) and body percussion
As the children make progress in their basic musical skills, these can then be applied first to basic rhythm instruments e.g. shakers, and to a more traditional instrument – the violin
Children are encouraged to work together and develop their social skills throughout the sessions and in end-of-term performances
Advice and information to meet a school’s individual needs
Can be booked by term or 36 week academic year


Introduction to singing, creative music and instrumental music making (on the violin)
Understanding of the basic musical elements of beat (fast and slow) and pitch (high and low)
Introduction to additional musical elements such as rhythm, melody, dynamics, tempo and character
Development of a variety of transferable skills including social, creative, co-ordination and motor skills
Benefits children throughout their musical and general education.

Arts Award and Artsmark links

Arts Award – Discover and Explore

You provide

Suitable spaces for each type of activity being delivered
Smartboard and audio technology
Commitment that the class teacher will be actively involved as part of the delivery team
Regular planning and evaluation sessions with the Octave tutor
Performance opportunities for the pupils