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Our Programmes

A typical Key Strings visit would take place in a half day session, with two performances of about an hour one for KS1 and KS2 respectively. Of course in Junior and Infant schools this can be a split of upper and lower school performances. Or should you prefer all the children to come in at once (provided the hall will fit them in) thats fine too. When booking a visit our office will discuss the timings of the day and try to accommodate any specific requirements you may have.

We have several different programs to target different themes and fit your program of work. This enables the children to see music from many different perspectives and in schools which we visit regularly we are able to ensure the children experience something new each time we visit.

List of programmes we offer:

The String Family of the Orchestra

The children will see the development of the string family from the Medieval Viol, to the Renaissance Violin, and into the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and modern day styles whilst being introduced to the key elements of music within the National Curriculum; Timbre, Pitch, Texture, Rhythm, Tempo and Dynamics.

The Electrifying Science of Sound

Re-enforcing the key curricular elements of music along the way, the children discover different types of sound as we introduce acoustic, electric and brass instruments to demonstrate how sound is made. We look at how these different sounds have been used to make “Pop” music throughout the ages, from the electric 90’s to the acoustic ages of the ancient pop idol!

A Multi-Cultural Journey Through Time

We explore the effects of time, style and culture upon our modern world of music. On our journey through time we discover the very rare Rebec, the earliest form of Violin and we travel the world to see instruments like the Citar, Hawaiian Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin. In experiencing music from around the world and back in time we see a world of music exists beyond what we may believe to be “Classical” music.

Music of Britain: Composing our Flag

We begin our journey in London at a Royal Celebration, waving the Union Flag. Exploring why it is not called the Union Jack we travel back to the wedding of Henry VIII and hear the music that would have played at his wedding. We move into Wales and to see the Welsh harp and find the oldest tuned instrument in the world. As we continue around the UK we see how the different styles, instruments and flags of the nations all combine to build music that makes us think of Britain and the British flag.

Imagine the Beatles....and Beyond

The only program we have that focuses on just one artist/source of music. However, our journey from Lennon and the Quarrymen through to the modern McCartney discovers how the Beatles used different instruments and styles to keep their music new, interesting and unique. From the Tea Chest Bass and Skiffle band through Baroque Rock and Reggae Rhythms its a world of music through the eyes of four lads from Liverpool. Great fun for all, packed with relevant educational links across the curriculum.

The Art Gallery: A Musical Promenade Through Art

Take a walk through the Key Strings gallery. Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition guides us as we promenade through five of the most famous art galleries in the world. In each one we discover how art and music have developed together in style and form throughout history. From Ancient art and music through the renaissance to the impressionists and modern art. Our projector screen presentation provides a visual twist to this journey allowing children to not only hear, but see how art and music collide.

Superheroes and Villains

Music creates great characters and has helped Hollywood enhance the image of many of its heroes. Creating dramatic and exciting theme music can be synonymous with many iconic heroes, but beware the dark side, it can also help to paint pictures of the villains to. How can the music tell us if its a triumphant hero returning or a sneaky villain thats lurking? Blockbuster fun and great inspiration for creative writing projects.

Spain and Spanish Influence

Oh this year we’re off to Sunny Spain, Y Viva Espana!! Pack your factor 30 as we travel to the Costa Del Key Strings. Tracking the musical influences that have built the culture of spain that we know today. From the processions into the bull fight to the Bolero beat, the flamenco and an anthem without words.

Pirates, not only of the Caribbean

Scallywags and Buccaneers Ahoy!! Our hats, hooks and eye-patches at the ready we’ll sail the seven seas and find musical treasures from the four corners of the globe. From the Barbary pirates to the Buccaneers, Red beard to Blackbeard. Indian Jewels from the east and Caribbean Beats from the west help discover how music tells the stories of real Pirates and paints the pictures of our fictional heroes. Sea Shanties and Hornpipes at the ready its time to walk the plank with the Jolly KeyStrings Crew.

Musical Animals, a Circle of Life

We begin on the farm, the Key Strings farm, a Violin farm. We start our animal adventure looking at how animals helped craft the instruments we play. Gemshorns, String instruments, even the Bagpipes (ear plugs at the ready). Then the very instruments that the animals crafted paint some very different pictures of very different animals using the different musical elements. All part of our musical circle of life. Guaranteed to Monkey Around!

Seasonal Themes

Remembering Britain: WW1 Centennial
Fabulous Fireworks!
A Key Strings Christmas
St Patricks Day / Irish Theme
St. George's Day / English Theme
St. David's Day / Welsh Theme
A Remembrance Celebration
Come Celebrate Chinese New Year
October: Black History Month
Olympic Musical Marathon