Paul Harris (Music Educationalist)
The Notivate Singer/Songwriter Programme is a creative music course for children aged 9 – 13 years, in which they write and record their own songs. The programme enables children to express themselves, explore their feelings and perhaps try something for the first time. It offers children the chance to feel better about themselves and is about music, but is more about “me”.
There are six fun, practical sessions, carefully designed to encourage children to realise their creative potential and expand their emotional awareness. Based on 15 years’ experience of working with 4,000 children, recording 1,000 songs in 100 schools in Europe and Africa, the Notivate Programme helps to increase self-esteem, willingness to take creative risks and confidence to
learn. Other benefits include:
- Helping in the development of language and listening;
- Contributing to better mental and physical health;
- Promoting learning and general attainment;
- Encouraging listening and social skills;
- Strengthening relationships.
As well as providing our own trained music leaders, we offer opportunities for music specialists to train as Notivate leaders in their own school.
“Some of our Year 6 children were fortunate to experience Notivate this term where they had a chance to write, rehearse and record their own songs. They had an amazing day at The Stables in Milton Keynes and I am confident they will have made many memories they will treasure for a long time.”
Mrs Marsh (Brixworth CEVC Primary School)
“As we entered the stunning stables, John (our Notivate leader) greeted us warmly into this, once in a lifetime chance to express our ideas in music. What an achievement! Thank you Notivate.”
Benjamin (Year 6)
We also offer one-day, on-site composing and recording days for groups, which can be based around particular themes. We regularly work with RSC Associate Schools to enable children to produce music inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. Recent projects include The Tempest, Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet.
Here is a list of the schools we have supported over the past few years:
Abbey VC Junior, Abington Vale Primary, Arbours Primary, Ashfield Park Primary, Bellinge Primary, Blackthorn Middle, Blackthorn Primary, Boothville Primary, Boughton Primary, Bramptons Primary, Braunston CE Primary, Bridgewater Primary, Bridstow Primary, Brixworth CEVC Primary, Busoga Junior, Caroline Chisholme Senior, Castle Academy, Cedar Road Primary, Clehonger Primary, Cliftonville Middle, Compton All Saints Primary, Danetre Senior, Delapre Primary, Eastfield Academy, Ecton Brook Primary, Fairfields Primary, Falconer’s Hill Junior, Friars Secondary, Goldings Middle, Goodrich Primary, Grange Primary (Daventry), Grange Primary (Kettering), Great Houghton Preparatory, Guilsborough Senior, Hardwick Junior, Harlestone Primary, Headlands Primary, Hopeland Preschool, Hospital & Outreach Education, Iris Primary, Joy Emmanuel Oasis Primary, Joy Primary, Kingsbrook Senior, Kingsley Primary, Kingsthorpe Grove Primary, Lings Primary, Llangrove Primary, Lumbertubs Primary, Meadowside Primary, Mereway Senior, Millbrook Junior, Millway Primary, Monkston Primary, Moulton Primary, Moulton Secondary, Mwiri Primary, Newnham Primary, Northampton Academy, Northampton School For Girls, Northgate Secondary, Nuvila Primary, Oakley Vale Primary, Oakway Junior, Overstone Primary, Parklands Primary, Pitsford Primary, Rectory Farm Primary, Roade Primary, Romans Field Primary, Rowan Gate Primary, Simon de Senlis Primary, Sir Francis Drake Primary, South Wonston Primary, St Brendan’s Primary, Stimpson Avenue Primary, Sywell Primary, Thomas Beckett Senior, Thorplands Primary, Thrapston Primary, Unity College, Victoria Primary Academy, Walgrave Primary, Warwick Primary, West Haddon Primary, Weston Favell Primary, Weston Favell Senior, Whitchurch Primary, Whitehills Primary, William Parker Senior.