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RCM Sparks Digital Resources

Two boys interacting at an RCM Sparks event
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing guidance, RCM Sparks in person events have been put on hold until further notice. In light of this, we are delighted to launch a brand new collection of digital resources to replace our cancelled workshops, courses and concert series.

We invite you to explore, listen, participate and perform with RCM Sparks at home or at school, until we can welcome you back into the building again.

Please share your experiences @RCMLondon #RCMSparks #RCMCommunity

Early years (age 0-4)

It is proven that children who engage in high-quality, regular musical learning from an early age gain musical, intellectual, emotional and social advantages.

Mini Sparks with Trish Keelan

Ignite & Explorers (age 5-11)

The resources below were written to replace workshops and courses that were due to take place during the Spring and Summer terms of 2020. We hope you enjoy exploring them at home or at school. There is an activity pack and accompanying recorded or printed sheet music resources for each project.

Music for Well-being: Count on Me

Introduction to Film Music

Thinking of learning an instrument?

These videos are designed to introduce you to different instruments, what they look like, how they work and how they sound. Which is your favourite?

If you’re interested in learning an instrument, why not contact your local Music Hub?

You also may wish to find out more about the RCM’s Online Teaching Service.

Mr Big

Join Katie Teage and band for this jazzy, sing-a-long musical resource for Key Stage 1, with PSHE focus and activities.

Watch Mr Big

Accompanying resources

Mr Big activity pack

Listening Journeys

What are they?

The Listening Journeys are short musical guided meditations focussing on listening and attention.

Children are encouraged to actively listen to the music, to your body and to your emotions, and draw them all together with visualisations and movement.

Why?

Learning to listen intently and with focus is important for well-being and concentration. Each journey is designed to be calming, empowering, and help build a heightened awareness of self, and belonging.

By guiding the children through visualisations, it can help the self-regulation of emotions, appreciation of the natural world, and awareness of their bodies and senses.

Learning to relax and to let go is not always easy – included in these Listening Journeys are moments of muscle contraction followed by a release to help the children understand how to relax and to be in control of their own bodies.

Create a quiet space, with no distractions, and encourage no talking/other sounds until the journey is over. The focus is on listening. The atmosphere, listening and attention will be improved if there is no external sound or activity to distract.

Listening journey - woods

Listening journey - beach

Listening journey - moon

Listening journey - park

Listening journey - snow

Springboard (age 12-18)

We were excited to hold our Springboard composition summer course digitally this year. Below are some useful resources and activities from the course that we’ve made available for everyone to enjoy from home or at school. Check this page regularly for more resources for composers!