Shawlands Primary School gave a warm welcome to visiting University Campus Barnsley (UCB) students who delivered musical theatre and song workshops to the pupils.

As part of the UCB third year BA (Hons) Popular Music and Music Technology and Production students’ ‘Music in Education’ module they were tasked with planning and delivering practical sessions based around the national curriculum at each key stage. The students developed engaging workshops focused around the musical theatre and song topic the primary pupils had been learning. The workshops encouraged the pupils to learn musical elements in a fun, creative way leaving them eager to continue their musical education.

Thank you to the students for inspiring me to do music.

Shawlands pupil Chloe Lawrence, aged nine, said: “Although it was the students’ first time teaching they made it one of the best assemblies of my life. Thank you to the students for inspiring me to do music.”

The session supported the vocational approach of the degree in providing preparation for work and developing skills needed for the students to progress onto a PGCE course.

Susan Donnelly, HE Music Pathway Leader, added: “The students gained some invaluable experience by creating music workshops for the pupils at Shawlands Primary School. Our courses are very much about learning and applying skills practically and within context wherever possible. Many of our students have now applied to do postgraduate teaching qualifications spurred on by their positive experiences with the children.”