New partnership with Parkside School launched to promote early musical education

We have launched a new partnership with Parkside School Nursery, Cobham, to deliver a new series of our Baby Menuhins classes to help children develop a love of music from the earliest of ages.

Baby Menuhins, an exciting initiative launched last year, provides expertly crafted classes tailored for children aged 0-4 years, helping them to develop natural responses to music, pulse, and rhythm and enjoy a gentle introduction to music-making, baby yoga, mindfulness and well-being.

At the core of the teaching philosophy is a strong emphasis on creativity and enjoyment and fostering an environment that encourages children to learn and play independently. Above all, Baby Menuhins places a primary focus on the development of musicianship, providing children with the essential tools they need to develop a lifelong love for music.

So far, the programme has reached hundreds of children across Surrey and through the new partnership with Parkside Nursery, will reach a further 73 children. The classes will take place at Parkside School Nursery every week during term time as part of the nursery curriculum.

YMS Director of Strategy, Shelley Twitchin, saidWe are thrilled to be bringing our Baby Menuhins classes to Parkside School Nursery, a School whose ethos and aims align with our mission of providing a happy, healthy learning environment where pupils can achieve their fullest potential. This partnership brings our neighbouring schools closer together while widening our community and offers future opportunities for pupils and staff to work in concert with one another. Through these classes, we believe that early musical foundations will set the stage for a future filled with the joy of music-making.

Head of Parkside School, Ms Nicole Janssen, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Yehudi Menuhin School. Suzanne, the School’s Early Years & Juniors Programme Lead, is such an asset; imparting her musical experience with our Early Years children at Parkside School. We know this will support children in their use of music as part of child-led play, whether singing songs, listening to music, dancing or playing instruments, as an integral part of the EYFS curriculum. We are very much looking forward to working together and would like to thank the School for sharing their musical resources with us.”

To find out more about Baby Menuhins classes, take a look at our dedicated Baby Menuhins section.

To find out more about Parkside Nursery, visit Parkside School website.

22 Sep 2023