“A very imaginative and interesting programme.”
Paul Harris (Music Educationalist)


Music & Video projects for students aged 9 -13.


Watch young people grow in themselves and their creative abilities.


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 20 years’ experience of working with 7,000 children, recording 1,700 songs in partnership with over 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.

The scheme of work allows for opportunities to observe, assess and address issues such as pupil behaviour, relationships and learning styles, impacting areas outside the traditional music curriculum

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, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant Of Venice. 

“It really was a wonderful, positive experience fur all. Such a mixture of emotions –  nerves, doubt, excitement, confidence, pride, Some had a few tears due to self doubts about their ability to sing, but then this was quickly followed by an amazing performsnce! To see the pride and celebrations they shared with each other was emotional for me too. Thank you for an afternoon that brought the best out of each and every child.“
Michelle Cox (Year 6 Teacher, Simon de Senlis Primary School)
“I’m speechless at how fantastic this piece is and what a wonderful experience it has been for the children.  Outstanding and inspirational. Huge thanks from everyone at SDS!”
Joanne Fennelly (Headteacher, Simon de Senlis Primary School)


Here is a list of the schools we have supported over the past 20 years:

Abbey VC Junior, Abington Vale Primary, Akany Avoko, Arise Junior, Arbours Primary, Ashfield Park Primary, Bellinge Primary, Blackthorn Middle, Blackthorn Primary, Boothville Primary, Born To Perform, 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, East Hunsbury Primary, Eastfield Academy, East Hunsbury Primary, Ecton Brook Primary, EPP Angodina, 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, Holne Chase Primary, Hopeland Preschool, Hospital & Outreach Education, Iris Primary, Joy Emmanuel Oasis Primary, Joy Primary, Kiira Junior, Kingsbrook Senior, Kings Meadow Primary, Kingsley Primary, Kingsthorpe Grove Primary, Lakeshore Junior, Lings Primary, Llangrove Primary, Lumbertubs Primary, Manor Senior, Meadowside Primary, Mereway Senior, Millbrook Junior, Millway Primary, Mirembe Academy, Monkston Primary, Moulton Primary, Moulton Secondary, Mwiri Primary, Newnham Primary, Newton Road Primary, Northampton Academy, Northampton School For Girls, Northgate Secondary, Nuvila Primary, Oakley Vale Primary, Oakway Junior, Overstone Primary, Parklands Primary, Pineham Barns Primary, Pitsford Primary, Preston Hedges Primary, Raunds Park Infants, 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, St. Peter’s Primary, Standens Barn Primary, Stanwick Primary, Stimpson Avenue Primary, Sywell Primary, Thomas Beckett Senior, Thorplands Primary, Thrapston Primary, Twinkle Junior, Unity College, Upton Meadows Primary, Victoria Love Child Primary, Victoria Primary Academy, Walgrave Primary, Warwick Primary, West Haddon Primary, Weston Favell Primary, Weston Favell Senior, Whitchurch Primary, Whitehills Primary, William Parker Senior, Windmill Primary, Woodford Primary, Y-Not Arts.