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An innovative approach to music education with young children.

What is Pantomimus?

Moving, singing, playing instruments and having fun are at the heart of every Pantomimus experience.

Our aim is to inspire children to engage in a wide variety of musical activities, all of which support the EYFS Framework and also the National Curriculum for music. Our colourful pop-up backgrounds transform any ordinary space into a different world, enclosing the children in an intimate environment, which enhances their ability to focus.

The emphasis is on enjoyment and playful learning whilst getting actively involved. The core activities are singing, moving, exploring sounds, expressive movement and playing percussion instruments. Confidence, listening, language and communication, and also social and emotional skills all naturally develop during the sessions too.

How does it Work?

  • Pantomimus is aimed at EYFS and KS1 aged children, so is ideal for schools, nurseries, children’s centres or playgroups.
  • We can put together a bespoke package to meet the needs of your setting, but as a guideline the minimum booking is 5 weeks to allow for learning and progression.
  • Sessions are normally led in small groups of up to 15 children, to allow for plenty of opportunities for taking turns.
  • Teachers and other adults in your setting are encouraged to join in so they can develop skills to carry on musical activities after the project.

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.

Why ‘Pantomimus’?

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).

Please contact Danielle Ballantine-Drake (Head of Early Years) if you have any queries.

For more information have a look at our leaflet.

Feedback about Pantomimus:

  • “We have been thrilled with the impact Pantomimus has had on our children and, to be honest, the series of sessions exceeded our expectations.”
  • “It was amazing to watch the children’s faces when you played the guitar for the first time!”
  • “The children really developed their listening skills and there were lots of songs and activities that we will continue to use.”
  • “The painted backdrops are beautiful and there is always lots for the children to talk about.”
  • “The role of the screen has been most noticeable with our SEND group, who find sitting and listening, and even joining in very challenging. The progress from the first session until the last has been incredible.”
  • “All children, no matter their ability, were able to access these sessions at some level.”
  • “As a teacher with no music experience it has definitely given me ideas and the confidence that could be taken back to the class.”

Pantomimus Circle


Pantomims girl

Inspire Music


Pantomimus Group 1


Pantomimus Teacher


Pantomimus Group 2

“Pantomimus expressed actions, feelings, passions more beautifully, correctly and intelligibly than it would be possible to do by speaking or writing” (John Murray 1875)

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