What is Musicaliti?
Musicaliti is a music education business based in Bolton, North West England. We are passionate about developing musical skills in all people, from children to adults, and creating opportunities for them to be their best selves – through music.
In 2006, we started delivering music sessions at primary schools as after school music clubs, baby and toddler sessions in nurseries, and private parent-child sessions in leisure centres, churches and play centres in Bolton, using a wide variety of musical materials to inspire and develop creativity and relationship between children and adults of all ages.
Since then, Musicaliti has created new and exciting music curricula, written and recorded a number of original songs that incorporate Dalcroze and Kodály and Orff specialist music education techniques, and learnt so much from the the amazing families that we have met.
We’ve also developed private primary guitar teaching, run a local community choir, the Bolton Warblers, and teach our specialist music education techniques to early years student teachers at colleges and universities.
We’ve also begun to use our findings in academic circles, with research papers under consideration and an exciting book publishing deal, “Learning with Music: Games and activities for the early years“, released in August 2017.
Finally, we’re starting to look into the therapeutic benefits of music sessions, too, working with the Community Interest Company, Think Cre8tive Group. We are finding more and more evidence of music improving physical, mental and emotional skills in seniors, in care homes or not, with or without additional illnesses including dementia and Parkinson’s. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with our latest projects!
On Mondays, we start the week at local care and residential homes in Bolton , running sessions, term-time only, for the local residents. Singing a variety of songs from yesteryear, this session is enjoyed by residents and staff alike, bringing back memories and working towards improving mood, breathing and pain management.
The Bolton Warblers meet at Lancashire Wildlife Trust (cnr Crompton Way and Bury Road) on Monday evenings from 7-8.30pm, with no audition process and a group of people from different walks of life, wanting to learn more about how music works, and learning how to sing together in parts.
Weekday mornings are reserved for Bolton day nursery and preschool bookings, taken one term at a time. If you are a local nursery or toddler group wanting sessions for your baby room, toddler room or preschool room, contact us for availability.
One afternoon a week, we run a Key Stage 1 after school music club at a local Bolton primary school, focussing on essential musicianship skills. Available only to individual schools, we use movement and percussion instrument training to develop children’s musical understanding, ready for music lessons. Many of the children who have attended these sessions go on to take graded music exams, perform at music festivals, not to mention taking leadership roles at school, excelling academically, and taking leading performance roles in musical productions.
Tuesday and Thursday evenings are dedicated to beginner guitar lessons, at student homes. After running a very successful “Musicaliti Rockschool for Primary” programme, many of the students went on to take up private lessons, and word of mouth increased our student list with little additional advertising.
With children ranging from 6 to 12 years old, from pre-grade 1 (Debut) to Grade 3, we follow the RSL (previously Rockschool) syllabus, with many of the children enjoying the varied repertoire of rock, pop, indie and metal choices available to all grades. This has developed into exciting holiday Guitar Master Classes, where students work on enhanced techniques which can be used in their own repertoire, and further developments planned, including under-16 rock concerts.
We end the week on Fridays at QEGS Blackburn offering peripatetic guitar sessions to primary children during class time, with an emphasis on playing both lead and accompaniment, and the opportunity to learn new and current songs! And every few weeks on Friday evenings, we run a group for Ukulele Ladies – mums wanting to learn to play the ukulele!