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groove 'n' play programmes


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


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System Requirements:

Microsoft PowerPoint (2013 or later) or

Microsoft PowerPoint (2010 32bit version with QuickTime Player installed)

Media player e.g. Windows Media Player, iTunes or equivalent

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 FoundationThe 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 has provided the strategic rollout of groove 'n' play programmes for up to one hundred  schools.


Jean now consults for groove 'n' play and works 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 and the new Ofsted Inspection Framework.


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 online content development editor: Francesca Warren 


Francesca initially started working with GnP in 2018, as an Albert's Band member of the Get, Set, Play' team.

Since 2020, she has been working closely with Sally on the new groove 'n' play digital content, and has been instrumental in the development of the all singing, all dancing groove@home online resources.