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BBC’s Bring the Noise puts music at the heart of learning

17th September 2019

  • New BBC campaign, Bring the Noise, to inspire children to become musicians and discover the joys of music-making
  • Zara Larsson, Nile Rodgers, JP Cooper and YolanDa Brown sign up as Bring the Noise’s ambassadors

The BBC has launched Bring the Noise, an educational campaign set to help primary school teachers and parents inspire children to become musicians and see the joys of music-making.

Musicians and artists will come together for the campaign from BBC Education which is aimed at children between the ages of four and seven. Fun, easy-to-follow educational films are set to help start children on their first steps towards a life of musical enjoyment as well as highlight the positive impact that music education has.

Singer Zara Larsson, musical legend Nile Rodgers, singer/songwriter JP Cooper, saxophonist YolanDa Brown, world-renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, 9-year-old drummer Geneva London, BBC presenter Jess Gillam and vocal coach CeCe Sammy are all official Bring the Noise ambassadors and will offer their talents to the campaign through writing and performing original songs.

YolanDa Brown says: “The heartbeat of every generation are children and it is important that we nurture them and teach them to dream. I am pleased to be an ambassador of the Bring the Noise campaign, introducing children all around the country to music, music making and the endless joy that comes with it.”

Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s and Education, says: “We’re really excited to launch Bring the Noise and help children across the UK take their first musical steps. With the help of some the biggest names in music, our partners, school teachers and parents, we’ll get young feet tapping across the country and build a love of music from early years.”

Supporters of the campaign include iconic musician and producer Mark Ronson, Golden Globe nominated film composer Daniel Pemberton (Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse), musicians Naturally 7, Gregory Porter, Lil Nas X and former JLS star JB Gill.

Bring the Noise content, available on the BBC Teach website, is designed to support primary school teachers to teach music more confidently in the classroom as well as encouraging music-making at home.

Studies have shown that teaching music in the classroom not only improves the well-being of children but also positively  impacts on their ability to learn.

Ofsted published the results of its annual parent survey on 30 April 2019, which revealed that only 32% of parents felt that music was covered sufficiently in their child’s education.

Teachers and parents can take advantage of the content available on the Bring the Noise website at www.bbc.co.uk/bringthenoise. Here there is a wide range of free, high-quality digital educational resources and learning materials with more to come during the year-long campaign.

Teachers and parents can expect a suite of fun, accessible and catchy child friendly songs, simple to use lesson plans for teachers and a new digital interactive tool, Bring the Noise: Play It! that is easy to use in the classroom or at home. There are also Teacher Support Films for teachers who have never or rarely conducted music lessons, bespoke content that supports teachers and parents in engaging Special Educational Needs and Disability children and two new animations, Sonic Explorers and Thunder Jam which features acclaimed musicians Joss Stone and Omar.

BBC Education is working in partnership with leading arts, music education and music industry organisations including the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the UK Association of Music Education – Music Mark and Youth Music, to ensure Bring the Noise creates a positive impact and is relevant for children and teachers across the UK.

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