Tiny Sparks is a 10-week Early Years residency working across Leicester city in partnership with the Children, Young People and Family Centres (CYPFC). This project supports quality music provision developing skills, confidence and a culture of creativity and play, with children aged 0-4 years.
We are delighted to continue this project with further support from our funders Youth Music. The programme is now in its third year and we are looking forward to taking up residencies in even more settings across the city this year.
Currently we are looking for a highly skilled musician, with skills in singing and song writing, to fill one of the residency roles which are required to develop vital language skills in each child through music. For more information about this opportunity click here.
Musicians Arun Ghosh (an acclaimed clarinettist, composer, musical director) and Dave 'Stickman' Higgins (a world class, multi-disciplined drummer and percussionist performing all over the world) worked with children's centres and nurseries in north and central Leicester.
This 10 week residency aimed to support pre-school language development through music working with working with over 200 pre-school children, their parents and early years practitioners.
An additional strand this year incorporated a practical CPD training programme for teachers within early years settings in Leicester, plus a musicians early years development course open to artists across the region.
Resources created by the project were a CD of songs from Dave "Stickman" Higgins (sample below) and a book "Bang a Drum" with words & music by Arun Ghosh, illustrated by Juliet Kirby.
Youth Music, John & Susan Bowers Fund, Open Gate Trust