What is Pantomimus?
We would love to share the Pantomimus experience with your school, nursery, SEND school, children’s centre or playgroup. Our highly qualified teachers are already visiting many schools and groups in Berkshire making a difference to music making with young children. The benefits of singing, listening and learning to make music have been well researched. Music has a positive effect on every other aspect of life.
Our aim is to engage children in a variety of musical activities and include teachers, Early Years Practitioners and if appropriate parents into the sessions also. The core of our activities is singing and moving, exploring sounds, expressive movement and playing simple percussion instruments. Listening skills are developed and
with it our language and communication. All activities are developing skills as stated in the National Music Curriculum and more.
The emphasis is on enjoyment and playful learning while getting actively involved. This mostly non-verbal approach to music making has been developed to engage all children whatever their culture, language and educational needs. It is truly inclusive.
Our colourful pop-up backgrounds transform an ordinary space into a different world enclosing the children in an intimate and safe environment, which limits distractions and enhances their focus. We can provide instruments to supplement your own. We are happy to discuss your requirements and build a package of practical sessions and training events for your specific needs. You could arrange to share training with other schools or groups in a setting local to you.
The music education organisation Inspire Music, who bring together creative and effective ideas on improving the quality of music education, has conducted a case study of Pantomimus, citing it to be an example of an innovative and inspirational teaching project. Read their analysis, and watch a video of feedback from teachers who have hosted Pantomimus, by clicking on the link on the right.
Pantomimus was an important theatrical performer in ancient Rome.The name means imitating everything. Making stylised movements and gestures to a simple musical accompaniment the actor would describe all the roles in a short story wearing a different mask for each character. This mostly non-verbal approach to music making has been developed to engage all children whatever their culture, language and educational needs. It is truly inclusive.
How to book ‘Pantomimus’
Costings are based on a half-day practical session. Delivery is in blocks of sessions per half- or full-term, for a minimum of 5 sessions across half- or full days.
Training for staff is an integral part of the Pantomimus programme. We provide free staff training for bookings of 10 weeks or more (additional costs will be charged for those signing up to fewer than 10 weeks).
We are now taking bookings for Pantomimus for 2016-17 with special early bird offers to those placing a booking before 30 June 2016. Take a look at our special prices here.
Please contact Margareta Burrell (Early Years Music Specialist, Music Therapist and Head of Early Years Berkshire Maestros) if you have any queries.
For more information have a look at our leaflet.
‘All children- no matter their ability were able to access these sessions at some level… it has given us lots of useful evidence that we can use in the children's learning journeys’
‘Participating in the Pantomimus sessions has really built my confidence with planning and teaching music and I will aim for my team to continue including this high emphasis on music for the rest of the year’.
'Amazing. Great way of involving the kids. Great fun while learning about music. Love to see it again. Thank you!' (Dad and daughter of 2)
Twilight Staff Training
Training for teachers and Early Year practitioners is also available at Reading Music Centre on a monthly basis. Please see our brochure here.