Monster Music is our very own pre-school music group that meets in the school hall every Thursday.
Children from 2 years old may attend with their parent or carer. The first half an hour session involves coffee, free play and a craft related to the weekly theme. During the second part, everyone sits in a circle and we all join in singing, playing instruments and dancing.
Each session at Monster Music is different and during the term the children sing a wide range of familiar and less well-known songs and rhymes. The sessions are led by Reception teacher Sarah Sowden.
The children also experience a whole range of different skills. These include fine motor skills such as control of percussion instruments and using finger puppets. Gross motor skills involve the children in dance, waving scarves and using their bodies in different ways. Further important skills are sitting down, listening and watching for signals.
Each session has a different theme, and during each term various aspects of musical development are covered such as volume, pitch, tempo, rhythm and timbre of sound, along with more generic skills of counting forwards and backwards and anticipating rhyme, story telling and dance, both structured and free.
Each week there is a craft activity for the child and parent to share. The craft is linked with the weekly theme, and is then incorporated into the music making.
There is also much laughter and fun all aided by visits from our very own monster, Beat Baby and our stop and go finger puppets.
Music making – singing songs and rhymes and playing instruments is proven to have lasting academic and social benefits. These include an increase in vocabulary, a sharper memory and listening capacity, and improvements in confidence and self-expression allowing children to express emotion.
Music making has far more impact upon the child than simply listening to music. A further crucial benefit of music making is the development of the understanding of rhyme, which aids speech and language development and ultimately the process of reading. The aim of the group is for you and your child to relax and enjoy the various activities together.
from 2 years old.
Session times and addresses:
Group 1: 9am-10am
Group 2: 10:15am – 11:15am
First half an hour of each group is arrivals, coffee, craft and Lego & books.
Second half hour of each group is a Teacher led session including singing playing and movement.
St Michael’s Church of England Primary Academy, South Lawn Terrace, Heavitree, Exeter, Devon, EX1 2SN
£3 per session payable in advance at the start of the term by cash, cheque or BACS payment.
How to book:
There is a waiting list for Monster Music, please either contact the school or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
tel (school office): 01392 256 669
Facebook: St Michael’s Monster Music
Parking: Some on road parking available. As the council have recently introduced permits from 10am, you may have to walk a little distance away – e.g. Sweetbrier Lane and walk. There is no parking on school premises as the car park is too small!
Public transport: A bus stops right outside
Food and drink: On occasions food will feature as part of the group
Buggy friendly: Yes – plenty of space in the hall for buggies
Baby changing: Yes in the disabled toilet nearest the hall