Mini Musicians

A new way to teach music to four to seven year olds in Merton.

We are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Mini Musicians’, an innovative new music teaching programme for Merton’s Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 students.

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ITV News Feature – Feb 2024

We are delighted that the Mini Musicians programme was featured on ITV London News on Tuesday 27 February.

Press Release

The two-year programme, which is being funded by Merton Council and delivered in partnership with Sing Up, will form the basis of a comprehensive research study led by The University of Roehampton. Over six hundred and fifty pupils will benefit from weekly specialist music lessons in groups at school and over 300 children that are currently in Year 1 will participate in the study. The current Year 1 cohort will also learn to play the melodica, a type of keyboard instrument, and be entered for a nationally recognised inclusive music award accredited by Trinity College London, when they reach Year 2. This is the first time a cohort of this size has been entered for these exams.

‘Music has a unique power to engage with every part of a child’s development, physically, academically and emotionally. We are delighted to be working on this exciting programme for the young people of Merton’ commented David Rees, Merton Music Foundation’s Operations Director.

Michael Bradley, headteacher at Merton Abbey Primary – a Mini Musicians Pilot School, added: ‘we are still suffering the impact of the pandemic where children’s early socialisation was interrupted; music has a central role in supporting children’s language development.’

The programme launched in ten Pilot Schools across the London Borough of Merton in January 2024 and will run until July 2025, following pupils up as they progress into the new academic year.

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