Singing Storytime

The Music Service Team has been busy at the end of the summer term inspiring children to experience a range of musical instruments. 

Over 3 weeks more than 500 primary-aged children from schools across Portsmouth have enjoyed Singing Storytime. The new event uses words, props, puppets and musical instruments and the children take part in stories which link to the sounds of musical instruments, as well as learning a song with a connection to each story. 

Singing Storytime is a Music Service initiative that targets Early Years and Year 1 children. The programme aims to broaden young minds and links with the schools' language teaching. 

Some of the books that have been used at the event include Bunny Cakes and Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells, Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd, The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield and Zog by Julia Donaldson. The children have been enthralled by listening to musical instruments including guitar, ukulele, piano and clarinet. 

Kate Barrett, who led the event, said: "Music is a universal language for all to enjoy. The Arts add enormous value to each child's wider education, and Singing Storytime has been wonderful opportunity to share an interactive musical experience with young children."