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Early Years Music Programme

30th November 2023 by Jamie

In partnership with SKY & Resonate Music Hubs and LIPA Primary & High School, SoMi Academy is excited to share our Early Years Kodaly-based music programme and CPD package with selected schools across Merseyside. 

In collaboration with Elza Lusher (author of the Dogs & Birds piano course for 3-7 year olds), SoMi Academy is offering an opportunity to a limited number of schools, which includes:

  • a 10-week taster programme of weekly small-ensemble music sessions
  • twilight CPD training sessions in EYFS music, creativity & performance
  • an introductory day of in-class training for Reception class teachers. 

Each weekly small-ensemble session is 45 min long and can include a maximum of 9 pupils. For each participating school, we can accommodate a maximum of 4 groups per day (up to 36 EYFS children). 

An overview of this programme is as follows:

  • Introductory event for lead-teachers from Participating Schools – Thursday 11th April 2024 (4-5pm), hosted at LIPA Primary & High School
  • Weekly in-school small group ensemble sessions between 15th April 2024 – 28th June 2024 (the final session will be organised at each school as a performance event for parents, children & staff)
  • Eight twilight CPD sessions between 15th April 2024 – 28th June 2024 (4-5pm) – each Participating School to host one of these sessions
  • One in-class training day in each partner school, delivered by our lead teacher trainer Rachael Diop
  • End of course evaluation & celebration event – Thursday 11th July (4-5pm), hosted at LIPA Primary & High School


“This is an amazing opportunity for early years settings to lay the foundations of developing a sustainable high quality music curriculum. By starting at the age of 4, children can start to build lifelong skills in music and benefit from the advantages of early development in music.”

Rachael Diop – Teacher Trainer for The Voices Foundation

“SoMi Academy have developed our music curriculum since 2014, initially through delivering Kodaly-based classroom music sessions, and then developing a bespoke CPD package to make music sustainable. The integration of the classroom and instrumental music lessons has made LIPA Primary & High School a beacon for good practice in music and the performing arts”

– Greg Parker, Executive Headteacher of LIPA MAT.


LIPA Primary & High School is proud to have awarded Music Mark in 2019 and Artsmark Platinum Award in 2022.

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