What is family music?
Family Music is group music-making for parents and children aged 5-18 that offers an informal and fun environment for families to play music together and with others.
Using simple, accessible instruments such as percussion and ukulele, sessions are led by a workshop leader who will work with the group to ensure that everyone feel included, has fun and leaves with a sense of achievement.
Sessions can be run in schools, music centres and community centres, after school, at weekends or in the holidays.
Benefits of Family Music include:
- Helping to foster positive relationships between school and parents by offering a chance for families to be together in school, doing something creative and having fun
- Supporting the transition of vulnerable pupils to secondary school
- Supporting older pupils to mentor their younger peers
- It is accessible and inclusive – no musical knowledge is needed and everyone can join in, removing barriers posed by low maths and literacy skills
- Encouraging parents to demonstrate resilient learning skills to their children
- Can encourage the development of leadership skills in children and young people
- Promotes better understanding of other cultures
- Can be offered as an extension to, or to help establish, First Access whole-class music provision in primary schools
- Supports music, PSHE and citizenship curricula and British Values and Prevent agendas
- Can also support CPD for members for staff