The groove 'n' play programmes, written and devised by Sally Greaves, aim to give children and young people a fun and enjoyable musical experience through performance. The children have the opportunity to develop their music skills, knowledge and understanding, as well as developing their vocal and instrumental technique, both as individuals and by working effectively as part of a team. All groove 'n' play programmes are inclusive and accessible to children and young people of all abilities.
The programmes support musical progression in line with the National Curriculum for Music and include:
performance through playing and singing (sticks & songs, multi-instrumental programmes)
reading and playing from notation with an understanding of the inter-related music dimensions e.g. dynamics, tempo, structure
range of music styles, genres and traditions to increase knowledge and understanding of music
extended listening and extension activities related to music and other curriculum areas
Children will be able to:
understand and demonstrate initial instrumental and playing technique
sing in a range of musical styles both in unison and parts (sticks & songs, multi-instrumental programmes)
respond to musical directions and notation linking sound and symbol
perform as part of a whole-class ensemble
Children will also:
develop their ability to work effectively as part of a team
build increased confidence and self-esteem through engagement in varied activities and performance
gain experience in how to attain high standards of performance and an improved understanding of the process and the work that is necessary in order to achieve this
groove 'n' play programmes
available through the groove@school e-learning platform
groove 'n' play author: Sally Greaves
Sally has been working in education and commercial music for more than 25 years. Her music shows an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from Pop and Hip Hop to Jazz and Classical.
She has composed and arranged music and devised numerous music education programmes for various organisations including: Royal College of Music, Royal Albert Hall, English National Ballet, BBC Symphony Orchestra, EMI Music Sound Foundation, The Rastamouse Company, BBC Learning, Music for Youth, The Bach Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Borough Of Kensington and Chelsea, Tri-borough Music Hub, Leicestershire Music Service
Her compositions and music education programmes have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of young people in the UK and Europe, as well as in China, Australia and New Zealand.
groove 'n' play was written to give children a fun and engaging way to learn about music through performance as a player and a singer in a band.
groove 'n' play education consultant: Jean Carter
Jean has been supporting the work of groove 'n' play since the pilot phase of many of the programmes in 2005.
As head of music services she provided the strategic rollout of groove 'n' play programmes.
Jean now consults for groove 'n' play; working closely with heads of music services, head teachers and music leads to discuss their service's and school's vision for music and how groove 'n' play can support them with whole class music programmes that reflect the needs of the national curriculum, the Ofsted Inspection Framework and the New Model Music Curriculum.
groove 'n' play trainer & lead facilitator: Pip Bryan
Pip started delivering GnP programmes in 2010. She has worked with schools to deliver and develop groove 'n' play whole school delivery models, as well as leading the delivery of the family workshop model; Get, Set, Play, in conjunction with the Royal College of Music and the Royal Albert Hall.
Pip is a lead GnP trainer for school teachers and music tutors and works as a mentor for teachers who are new to the groove 'n' play way.
groove ‘n’ play strings lead facilitator & trainer Spain: Montserrat Colomé
Montse’s relationship with GnP began as part of the Royal College of Music Musicians of the Future Cello Programme in 2005. She subsequently was integral to the GnP pilot phase of the Strings Programme, working closely with local Primary School teachers.
Montse has been pivotal in the successful roll-out of GnP in Spain. She has masterminded a new and exciting
long-term Strings initiative; with funding awarded by the local Municipality. The Sant Pere de Ribes Barcelona Strings Project, using Catalan GnP resources, commences in 2022.