Music Makers is a fun music and movement group suitable for children from 6 months to 4 and-a- half years old (and their parents, grandparents and childminders!).
The 45-minute sessions start with a hello song and include: favourite nursery rhymes as well as funky new songs; musical instruments such as maracas, tap sticks and bells; colourful parachute; stretchy lycra; puppets; and scarves and there’s a story each week. The children warm up with a song and dance with Simba the friendly lion and each session finishes with some quality quiet cuddle time.
“All about fun”
Mum of nine -year-old twins, Naomi Cooper, runs Music Makers: “We are all about having fun through music and movement and don’t take ourselves too seriously. As a mum of two girls who are growing up too fast, I know that all most children want to do in a music group is bang a drum, jump around and sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It’s lovely to see the children enjoying the music and at the same time, quite unbeknown to them, inspiring their love of language and encouraging their physical development.”
Where and when
Music Makers takes place at:
- Grafton Underwood Village Hall, near Kettering, on Mondays during term-time, at 11.15am
- Burton Latimer Methodist Church Rooms, on Mondays at 1.15pm
- Kettering - Busy Bees Nursery - on Tuesdays at 10am
- Mawsley Centre, between Kettering and Northampton, on Wednesdays at 10am and 11am
- Barton Seagrave Community Centre on Wednesdays at 1.45pm
- Titchmarsh Pavilion, near Thrapston, on Thursdays at 9.15am
- Oundle - Joan Strong Centre - on Thursdays at 11am
- Kettering - Busy Bees Nursery - on Fridays at 10am
- Thrapston's Nene Centre on Fridays at 1.45pm
Sessions cost £4 per child and £2 for subsequent siblings over 6 months old, payable half-termly in advance. Booking is essential as classes are very popular.
“We love it!”
Clare Sykes, mum to Katie, 5, and Emily, 18 months: “Both of my daughters love Music Makers. Emily has now moved on to primary school but always wants to hear what her sister has been singing at "Simba" classes. As for Katie, I can honestly say that she just lights up when the music begins. Whatever the weather outside Music Makers certainly makes our mornings very bright!”
Gemma Lazenby, mum to Harrison, 5, and Sebastian, 3, said: “‘We have enjoyed Music Makers since both my boys were babies. They have loved the variety of traditional and new songs and particularly enjoy the interaction that is involved throughout with instruments, movements and activities.”
Karen King, mum to Harry and Scarlett: “Absolutely fantastic, can't believe what a difference I have seen in our son. Fun and entertaining, a great start to the week!”
Music Makers birthday parties
Naomi also offers Music Makers birthday parties for ages 1-5 years, Frozen-themed parties, Pirate Parties and Disco Parties for 3-8 years, to take the stress out of entertainment at your child’s birthday party. Parties include 45-minutes or 1hr30mins of fun with favourite songs and musical games and instruments, hula hoops, parachute, bubbles, SNOW and more!
Mum to Ava and Owen, Lisa Gold: “Naomi’s Music Maker sessions are by far the best musical experience out there for your children. Both of my children have had the pleasure of enjoying Naomi’s action packed classes. My daughter started class in Cranford when she was a toddler and my now two-year-old son has been attending Music Makers since he was a baby. The wonderful thing about Naomi’s style is that children of any gender or age are able to benefit and grow with the class. Babies and toddlers alike laugh and dance and sing to the refreshing adaptations of old musical favourites. The activity that my daughter missed most when starting Reception this year was Music Makers. Luckily she still has been able to see Naomi at the fabulous Music Maker birthday parties that she organizes. For my daughter’s birthday Naomi was able to adapt the music to suit my theme, of a luau party of all things. She also organised a space-themed party for my son! Naomi is so organized and keeps the children entertained with props and music. What more can you ask for at a birthday party? The children had a brilliant time and I am still receiving compliments almost a year later. By booking a Music Maker birthday party or signing up for a Music Maker class you are ensuring yourself and your child a really happy time. Worth every penny spent and more!”
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- Learning rhymes and songs encourages language and learning
- Enjoying a beat helps mathematical development
- Moving to a rhythm encourages physical development
Source: Dept for Children, Schools and Families
Music Makers was established in 2003 by mum of three, Hannah Shepherd. After Hannah’s children grew up, Hannah’s sister - Naomi Cooper – took over in September 2009, and more than 100 children now enjoy making music every week.