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Music Box


Music Box gives music-making opportunities to children aged 2 – 7 years, particularly in economically deprived areas. Polly Ives and Ensemble 360 [links to Ensemble 360 page] lead workshop projects in nurseries, schools and community venues. Workshops include singing, percussion games, music and movement. Previous projects have been based on well-loved children’s books including Snap! Snap! by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins with music by Richard Chew, Giddy Goat by Jamie Rix with music from Paul Rissmann, and The Lion Who Wanted to Love by Giles Andrae and David Wojtowycz with music by Paul Rissmann. 
Click here for research carried out by Dr. Stephanie Pitts and Polly Ives highlighting the secrets of success for engaging young children and their families in live music’
[polly/musicbox/0809/research/Getting Giddy about music]

Established with a grant from Youth Music in 2003, Music Box initially focussed on high-quality music workshops with children aged 2-7 years at nurseries, particularly those in the most economically deprived areas of Sheffield. Now offered as part of an broader integrated programme involving music and songs from commissioned concerts for this age-group, Music Box is a model for high-quality engagement that builds a foundation for music education from a very young age alongside opportunities to share and reinforce the learning with family groups and in school settings.

Image: David Shapiro

Music Box in schools is rounded off with a culmination event at the end of the academic year that brings together participating schools for a massed performance, workshop, or showcase. In 2013, the showcase took place at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom and was attended by a large number of parents, teachers, and supporters.

The focus of Music Box now is on building schools’ capacity and teachers’ confidence in delivering music education at Early Years Foundation and Key Stage 1 levels. We run INSET sessions and provide resources and advice – all based around our commissioned pieces – to help educators’ Continuing Professional Development.

Listen to our Spring 2017 playlist!
Listen to our Spring 2017 playlist!
View the Russia in the Round Festival brochure here
View the Russia in the Round Festival brochure here
Learn the Songs & Buy the Books!
Learn the Songs & Buy the Books!

Buy the Chimpanzees book and soundtrack in our online shop.

Arts Award
Arts Award

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