Little Stars – Early Years Groups

Classes for children from 0-7 years

Musical experiences in the first few years of childhood are essential for their future development. Bringing a variety of music into your child’s life is a wonderful way of developing their sense of fun, language and listening skills, physical co-ordination and personal, social and emotional growth.

The Early Years ‘Little Stars’ team is led by Sarah Wise with classes at Kettering Road.  The team comprises of qualified teachers with over 30 years of experience of working in schools and other early years settings.

Our ‘Little Stars’ music groups take place in the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre. Each session is 45 minutes long and is well-planned, structured and inclusive, but most of all, fun!  Membership is £55 per term of 10 sessions. For a free taster session, please complete the form linked at the bottom of this page and a member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.

Our groups

This class offers general introduction to the pleasures of music-making with your baby, using songs, rhymes and activities, which can be continued with the baby at home.

Music begins within our bodies and, whilst still in the womb, baby hears the strong pulse of your heartbeat and can hear the swoosh of blood being pumped around the body creating a safe and secure environment. At birth, babies find comfort and security in rhythm as they are rocked, patted and bounced rhythmically – all physical experiences which help to strengthen the bond between parent and baby. Together you will share a multi-sensory experience of touch, sight, smell and sound as your baby learns to know music with and through their body.

Groups are now taking place on Friday mornings during term time.  Please contact the NMPAT Office for more information (01604 637117)

The focus here is on enabling you and your toddlers to spend quality time together as they become increasingly mobile and develop language skills.

By singing with your child, you can help them to identify sound patterns and learn through repetition. Music also helps children anticipate what is coming next in a poem or a song and they know how to put these patterns in a sequence. By mastering these skills, children build the base of literacy and numeracy.

We use singing and active play to give your child a positive experience of music which will help to improve movement and encourage creativity. 

Groups are kept small to provide an environment where the child can feel safe and secure, enabling the adults to feel at ease too.

Groups are currently running on Mondays and Fridays during term time.

In Musicianship 1, your child is encouraged to take part without you with them, helping them to build on the skills being developed in Music Together.

These sessions continue with themed songs and activities, which remain constant for a few weeks, allowing for repetition and giving your child the opportunity to learn new skills and to grow in confidence. New songs and activities are added as appropriate, to continue to development of your child.

As well as experiencing all the different elements of music making, children will learn about the world around them. Time will be given over for movement to music, dance and drama. Your child will be encouraged to express themselves through singing, playing instruments, games and learning to work together.

Each child’s experience and contribution will vary depending on age, experiences and personality, moving at their own pace, and will grow and develop at a rate that is suitable for them.

Groups are currently running on Tuesdays, after school, during term time.

These classes enable children to continue to explore the musical elements through singing and the playing of a wider range of instruments, such as djembe and tuned percussion.  They will also learn about the importance of good posture and breathing, and techniques for playing different instruments.

Children will work on the skills required for music making including:

  • composition
  • conducting
  • performing
  • music appreciation
  • basic music notation

In addition, activities help children to develop self-confidence, independence, resilience and perseverance, while making friends and continuing their musical journey.

Groups are currently taking place on Tuesdays, after school, during term time.

We offer:

  • the longest running early years classes in the county, established for more than 2 decades, hosted in the home of the Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra
  • a committed team of fully-trained staff members
  • free car parking
  • baby changing facilities
  • disabled toilets
  • a dedicated classroom and teacher for each group
  • age and activity appropriate group sizes
  • a comfortable waiting area with toys and books provided
  • NMPAT is an inclusive organisation; we are happy to discuss accommodating participants with additional needs

Before attending your first class, please take a look at our supporting documents.  Hard copies can be provided in the NMPAT Office if you would like to take a copy home – please just ask when you arrive for your first session.

Classes are currently full for the remainder of the summer term.  Registration details for September 2022 will be shared on this page shortly – please check back or email if you have any questions.

"All children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument"

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