Category Archives: Early Years Music

“Can we sing another song?”

Working in Derby Children's Hospital with Nick Cutts and Rich Kensington today we played our way along the upper wards in the morning.  We met a young patient who was so relaxed and open about her music and singing, she just couldn't get enough of making music with us. We started with "Yellow Bird" as an instrumental piece and then a sung song.  The patient and another friend in hosptial were both offered a shaker instrument to join in with - which they both did with great joy in their faces - sometimes fast, and then slow, and … Continue Reading ››

Story, Rhythm and Rhyme Evaluation Report

Derbyshire County Council Logo OPUS musicians have been involved in a year-long project, supporting the development of music and story-making for early years children and their families in library settings across Derbyshire. The project was hugely successful, with many libraries continuing to deliver practice beyond the project. The project was managed and supported by Derbyshire County Council with funding from Youth Music. The full evalution report has now been published.  Story Rhythm and Rhyme Evaluation Report.

Early years music-making in Derbyshire

From September 2010 to July 2011, OPUS has been engaged in a programme of music-making and training, based in library settings in Derbyshire. This work has seen OPUS musicians working alongside library staff and storyshaper Jules Damassa to create unique music and story 'events' in the libraries, engaging young children and babies in engaging music and stroy activities. This work has also seen OPUS musicians delivering training to library staff, many of whom are now continuing to deliver this work in partnership with parents. An evaluation report from the project will be available soon with a link posted … Continue Reading ››