Children aged 0-5 years and their families are set to benefit from an exciting new programme of music making activities delivered by Make Some Noise across libraries in Staffordshire.

Make Some Noise in partnership with Staffordshire Libraries has recently delivered a series of successful workshops of the highly popular `UpBeat’ rhythm and rhyme activity across the Stafford and Cannock areas.  Following positive feedback from families and thanks to a grant of £32,000 from the national charity Youth Music, the partnership is delighted to be able to expand the free sessions across more libraries in Staffordshire.

From birth, children can relate to rhythm, tone, pulse, responding to music with keen attention and movement.  Not only is music great fun for children, but it also helps develop motor skills, speech and more. Make Some Noise musicians have already begun a series of training sessions with library staff, designed to develop and enhance new and existing skills which can be utilised in library led activities for under 5s.  Topics covered include, music and communication, use of musical instruments, using the voice effectively, musical activities for babies and music for well-being, personal, social and emotional development.

Jacqui Shankly, Programme Development Officer for Make Some Noise said: “Make Some Noise believes music making can never start too early.  Music and movement can be used effectively to engage with children and families of all ages and abilities.  We are delighted to work with Staffordshire Libraries and look forward to welcoming new and existing members to these all inclusive UpBeat Rhythm and Rhyme sessions.  It is so rewarding for all those involved to see young children and their families enjoying sharing this experience together.  By participating we hope that parents and carers will take away with them some simple music skills that they can use to support their child’s learning in the home.”

The weekly sessions are free and held during term time only.  Suitable for children aged 0-5 years and their families.  No need to book, simply go along.

Sessions confirmed so far include:
Summer Term 2015
Brewood Library: 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm  Wednesday afternoons
Leek Library: 10.00 am – 12 noon – Thursday mornings
Cannock Library: 10.00 am  – 12 noon – Friday mornings
Lichfield Library:  10.00 am – 12 noon – Wednesday mornings

Autumn Term 2015

Burton Library: 10.00am – 12noon – Monday mornings
Stafford Library 10.00am – 12noon – Thursday mornings
Newcastle Library: 10.00am – 12noon – Friday mornings
Tamworth Library: 10.00am – 12noon – Tuesday mornings