Bringing Music to the World Through Song

An innovative new programme offers a step by step programme to learning music through song.

Chigwell, United Kingdom, June 18, 2008 --( Teachers around the world are being trained in a music programme which offers a new way of teaching music to young school children.

Jolly Music is multisensory, including games, activities, puppets and a singing chair where pupils can lead the class in singing.

Based on the teaching of the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly, it is a progressive course which teaches children all they need to know about music, from pitch and tone to rhythm, by voice alone.

Unlike other music programmes, teachers do not have to have any specialist background. Any teacher can teach it. The course, which will eventually cover the whole of primary school, has been trialled across the UK and children love it. In Bradford, north England, where it was trialled by reception teacher Marj Newbury, it was very popular with children who are elective mutes in other classes joining in singing.

She says: "Our children in Bradford are all second language children. They can also be very shy and sometimes withdrawn. What a difference with Jolly Music. Everyone wanted a turn on the singing chair. This programme is totally inclusive, with children tapping out beats and singing when they won’t even answer the register. Their confidence was particularly notable."

The course uses movement, a singing chair, games, puppets and other activities to teach the basics of music. It has been welcomed by music professionals. John Pryce-Jones, artistic director of the UK's Northern Orchestral Enterprises Ltd says that "compared with the material is way and above the best. I hope it becomes a standard".

Jolly Music, which is published by the makers of Jolly Phonics, the literacy programme used around the world and in 70% of British primary schools, can contribute to this, particularly because it is perfect for teachers who do not have any knowledge of music. Teachers who do not have a background in music tend to lack confidence. Jolly Music has a step-by-step guide to lessons and accompanying CDs.

Cyrilla Rowsell, one of the authors of the programme, says: "Teachers using this programme have often commented on their delight when the shy child sings on his own for the first time; it has also been noted that children who are selective mutes will sing even if they will not speak. Children using the games (in Jolly Music) also learn to develop their social skills. We hope that this new programme will bring rich musical experiences, leading to the development of not only musical understanding and skills, but also aiding the development of the whole person."

The Jolly Music Handbook and The Jolly Music Big Book, a stand-alone book of songs for the classroom, by Cyrilla Rowsell and David Vinden are published by Jolly Learning. For prices in different countries go to

For more information, contact Mandy Garner on 44 208 501 0405 or email

Jolly Learning
Mandy Garner
44 208 501 0405