Chamber Tots in the Community
The Chamber Tots programme takes place in nurseries, children's centres and reception classes, and aims to inspire an enthusiasm for music in children aged 2–5 years. Chamber Tots encourages children to develop musical skills and associated social and academic skills, building a strong foundation for their future musical development.
The programme also aims to develop the skills and confidence of teachers and staff, ensuring a musical legacy after the project has finished.
John Webb, the workshop leader for Chamber Tots in Globe Primary School, has written a blog which gives more insight into Chamber Tots in the Community.
Over the last 14 years Chamber Tots has worked in over 100 early years settings across London. It is currently delivered in partnership with Music Hubs, in 2015 working with Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Havering and the Tri-borough (Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham).
A rich and inspiring musical journey for children...
Children taking part in a Chamber Tots project access exceptional musical experiences, above and beyond the resources of regular school activities and it is accessible for all, regardless of background or special educational needs.
Over the course of 6 months, working with an experienced music leader and visiting professional instrumentalists, children develop musical skills and discover concepts such as pitch, tempo, dynamics and rhythm, and child-led 'freeplay' enables children to creatively explore music and sound independently. The experience is shared with parents and carers through take-home and online resources, a parents/carers’ session in school, and a culmination event at Wigmore Hall.
Through Chamber Tots, children develop self-confidence and skills such as communication and team-work, and they have a positive and accessible experience of classical music, broadening their experience of different musical genres.
The programme offers exceptional musical experiences that engage and excite young children and enhance and enrich their lives in every respectDr Susan Young
Professional development for teachers and staff...
Chamber Tots is delivered as a partnership between the music leaders and the staff in the nursery or school. It enables them to build on exisiting provision and links directly to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.
Staff members have the opportunity to develop and broaden their skills, with resources and bespoke training sessions tailored to individual needs, giving them the confidence to further embed music as part of their everyday activities.
Consultation and feedback from staff is central to the project and informs the future direction of the Chamber Tots programme.
I know myself and colleagues have found the project really inspirational … wonderful ideas that can be carried out in our setting by all staff members have really inspired both adults and children and has resulted in a lot more companionable learning, adults and children really learning together and enjoying themselvesEarly years practitioner
Chamber Tots Research
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Chamber Tots in the Community we worked in partnership with Exeter University to commission a research report by Dr Susan Young and Dr Victoria Rowe on the effect of Chamber Tots, published in 2010.
It emphasises Wigmore Hall’s conviction in the intrinsic benefits of music for the humanitarian, aesthetic, imaginative and emotional education of all children.
We run an annual two-day course, ideal for nursery, reception and foundation stage practitioners looking to develop confidence in creative music-making.
The course explores the value of music in early years development and address the connections between musical creativity and the EYFS curriculum. Participants develop skills in leading singing and percussion work as well as in exploring 'freeplay' activities and the benefits of child-led creative play.
The two-day course takes place in the Autumn Term and booking opens in May.