Aberdeens Storybook Glen is to give a fairytale start this Friday to a magical musical adventure for young children which may last a lifetime.
In partnership with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra (RSNO), Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is launching their Teeny Tiny Tunes programme to introduce music to youngsters aged from three to five.
The project officially gets underway at the end of August and will run for three 10-week sessions. As an introductory bonus, they are running a free taster day called Storybook Sound this Friday (July 11) for parents and children at Storybook Glen.
Three RSNO musicians will each lead an interactive session on story-telling through music, based on the well-known childrens books: There Was An Old Woman Who Lived in A Shoe, Cinderella, and Postman Pat.
The only cost is the Storybook Glen entry fee and children taking part will each get a postcard, to collect stamps from each session and there will be a treasure hunt for musical notes. Members of APA Senior Youth Theatre will also be helping with activities on the day and will lead a childrens game in the glen.
Starting at 10am, there will be eight half-hour sessions spread throughout the day, and parents and children can drop in and out during the day as they wish. Feedback sheets and free childrens musical worksheets will be available in the café. There will also be the opportunity for participants to meet and chat with the musicians and APA staff.
The new programme expands and extends APAs work with children under their Creative Learning wing up until now the youngest in their drama and Glee club activities have been for primary school age youngsters.
Overseeing the project is APA's newly appointed Music Development Coordinator Claire-Gillian Watt who says: It is a completely new area for us, building on our very successful programme of family friendly performances.
The day will allow children to explore and develop creativity, co-ordination and social skills, taking in the themes of friendship and kindness.
But most importantly, it will be a fun day, a magical day for the children and their parents.
RSNOs Director of Learning and Engagement Jenn Minchin said: We are excited to be working with APA on their new programme for early years. Teeny Tiny Tunes will bring members of Scotlands National Orchestra, alongside APAs music workshop facilitators, to some of the youngest audiences in Aberdeen, giving participants a rounded musical and developmental experience.
The first of the three 10-week Teeny Tiny Tunes blocks begins at the end of August and will be held weekly in the studio at His Majestys Theatre. The other sessions will run from January to March and then April to June.
It costs £50 per 10-week block and further details will be announced in due course, though more information is available by emailing email@example.com.
We aim for each young child to leave it having developed emotionally, socially and better equipped for developing new relationships added Claire-Gillian.
APA's Creative Learning team provides groups, children, adults and the wider community with opportunities to develop their creative potential and their love of the arts.
They host a wide range of educational and creative activities across all three of APAs venues His Majestys Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree including three youth theatre groups, Glee clubs, and in-school drama work.
Their work aims to develop new skills, explore creativity and increase confidence in those who take part.