Music and singing plays an essential role in children’s development and our workshops are suitable for all early years settings as well as for older children. We bring folk instruments that you can strum, bow and squeeze as well as the more commonly used percussion instruments. We are always creating new song repertoire that encourages language development using simple techniques such as word substitution. This enables the young people to suggest their own ideas for song content and makes each song relevant to them.
We run participatory workshops specialising in folk music, singing and dance. Sessions are structured to work alongside your school timetable and we can work with individual classes, year groups or whole school groups depending on the activity. All workshops can be tailored to work with different themes, for example: medieval history, journeys, the sea; and we choose repertoire carefully to ensure it is relevant to your students and the curriculum. All resources are provided.
Our workshops can also include a sharing performance at the end, either to the rest of the school or for parents and families too.
Wren Music leaders come with Enhanced DBS Disclosure, first aid and child protection training, and we can provide plenty of instruments if required.
Pre-School Children and their Parents: In partnership with specialist early years organisations, we encourage the development of pre-school learning in a range of settings.
Schools and Music Hubs:
We work with Music Hubs across the South West - in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire – to provide music in schools and academies. See our Projects page for examples of the sort of programme we can run for your school and young people.
Children with Special Educational Needs:
See a lovely example of our work at Pathfield School, Barnstaple with this video of the ‘Full English’ learning programme, delivered in partnership with EFDSS.
Wren has also compiled a comprehensive set of online teaching resources for teachers of children in Special Schools under the banner 'Nice Warm Socks'.
Music 4 Life:
Partnerships with settings who work with children and young people in challenging circumstances. A typical project is a five week course, and we encourage the learners to become music leaders themselves to pass on what they have learned.
“The best day I've ever had at college” participant at Pupil Referral Unit.
After School and Holiday Clubs:
for example the Summer Music Club in Okehampton for children and young people aged 8 and over
Wren's regular programme for young musicians aged 8 to 25 across Devon - see Youth Groups
Wren Music ELER (young people at elevated risk) Project 2015-16
Wren Music was delighted to secure funding from Youth Music to continue our work with young people at risk of exclusion in various settings across Devon.This project summary is created in part from the final report to Youth Music. The idea was to work with young people at risk of exclusion and those with Social, Emotional and Behavioural issues, to develop their confidence. Working with Partners across the County, the activities included learning about acoustic instruments, practising pieces as a group, song-writing and other group skills including leadership through, for example, conducting or suggesting arrangementideas.
For a summary of the programme and the benefits it brought, please click here. (Due to photo permissions in these settings, this summary does not contain any photographs or video)
Please get in touch to find out more about our schools and early years work and what we can offer your setting.
Multi-Schools Singing Project
Wren Music has developed a highly successful way of delivering multi school singing projects involving up to 20 schools on each project, linking primary and secondary learners. Torbay, Plymouth and Devon Music Hubs have all hosted projects.
“Getting Wren Music into the City has been one of the best investments we ever made”
Here is a video on the project with performances and interviews:
See more feedback in our Report and see how the programme fully supports
Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 targets here
First Access for Primary Schools:
Wren is a partner with SoundStorm, the lead partners of the Music Education hub for Bournemouth and Poole. We have been running first access folk sessions in lots of primary schools all over Bournemouth and Poole. We work with year 4 classes and aspire to get every child playing an instrument and to make a class band. The young people learn traditional local tunes on a big selection of folk instruments including fiddles, melodeons and whistles and also learn about rhythm, chord structures, and other musical features.
On the 22nd May Jon Dyer and David Faulkner led the finale event at Winchelsea School in Dorset. Winchelsea School is community school for children with a wide range of learning needs aged from 4 to 16.
This event was a culmination of five visits to the school. Jon and David had worked with three classes on each visit. The children played and learnt about the instruments, chose a favourite to stick to (we call it their ‘home instrument’), learnt and led warm ups, and learnt and wrote songs. The morning of the finale event was warm enough for us to play outside and make a big 28 piece band with all three classes playing together – we had guitars, mandolins, autoharps, dulcimers, ukuleles, violins, squeeze boxes and cajons, and one beatboxer!
We had an audience of other students and staff who sat, watched and listened and learnt about the instruments and songs that were sung.
We played a song called Join the Band written by Nick Wyke from Wren music in which everyone played, we sang Friends Across the World by Matt Norman – the audience sang the chorus and joined in with Makaton signing, and one class sang their song about Super Heroes.
The Band did fantastically well. When they finished we were able to then let our audience have a go on the instruments for some more fun and music making.
This project was commissioned by SoundStorm, the lead partners in the Bournemouth & Poole Music Education Hub.