“Early years settings and schools should start from the premise that all children are musicians – embracing music in their provision, sparking children’s musical curiosity and developing their ability and interest.” – The power of music to change lives – A National Plan for Music Education, June 2022
NMPAT has been running classes for children under five for over 25 years, and the new National Plan recognizing the importance of these earliest years, is warmly welcomed. Little Stars is the name given to the NMPAT department which provides opportunities for children aged 0 to seven years old.
Every child is born with musical ability and our classes aim to develop their interests, skills and knowledge. Musical experiences in the first few years of childhood are important for future development, building, amongst other things, their sense of fun, language and listening skills, physical co-ordination and personal, social and emotional growth. Music is an essential part of being human.
‘Little Stars’ music classes take place at NMPAT on the Kettering Road in Northampton, and at Saturday Centres across the county. Classes at Kettering Road are 45 minutes long and are well-planned and inclusive – a mix of noticing and building on what children can already do, and adding in new ideas, skills and concepts, all practised over time through singing, movement and use of appropriate percussion instruments and sound makers. The child, and having fun together, is at the heart of all ‘Little Stars’ provision.
Families are welcome to try a session before committing to paying for a whole term. Details on subscriptions costs, how to make a payment, and the financial support that may be available for families in need, can all be found on our payments page.