Music Makers was started in 1998 by Nottingham music teacher, Sue Lake, who has a passion for music and many years experience in working with young children. Sue developed an exciting programme of musical activities for the 3’s-7’s which develops a child’s musicianship skills and leads naturally to the learning of musical instruments at a later stage.
The Music Makers classes have become increasingly popular and around 130 children are now taking part each week. Hundreds of children have now been through the programme and have developed a real enthusiasm and love for music and the majority of these go on to learn musical instruments with local music teachers, or in school, with the benefit of a good grounding in basic musicianship and a head-start in understanding how basic notation works.
Notation is introduced primarily through Sue Lake’s charming series ‘Stories from Musicland’ – the first of which is now published (by Robin’s Garden Books) and generally available. In these stories, the children begin to make friends with the cheeky Charlie Crotchet, Minny Minim, etc and the familiarisation process with the written language of music begins.
Classes take place during the day, in local venues, in term-time only and last 45 minutes. Places are limited. Classes also take place in day-nurseries and pre-schools around the city.