Children enjoy ‘one of life’s simplest pleasures’

February 28 2014

KICK-STARTING children on a musical journey is teaching group, The Singing Tree.

KICK-STARTING children on a musical journey is teaching group, The Singing Tree.

The concept sprouted from a discussion held by three friends, Tara Burke, Mollie Parry-Jones and Fiona Wright, about how best to engage children with music.

As "one of life's simplest pleasures", the women felt singing should feature largely in a child's upbringing.

Set up in 2011, the group were inspired and motivated by their own love of music, and wanted to help more children experience the joy of singing.

Kate Price, who runs the classes from her living room in Bishopston, came across The Singing Tree after taking her two-year-old son to a class in Totterdown.

She said: "I though it was great - small, friendly, fun and really musical. Appealing to the children’s innate musicality, it was interactive, the songs and rhymes were lovely and we listened to a whole eclectic range of music each term."

When Kate, a Grade 8 flautist, heard that the group were looking to expand, she jumped at the chance to set up classes in Bishopston.

One mother, who takes her three-year-old daughter, Isabel, to the Bishopston class, said: “We love The Singing Tree classes which are so different to other music classes we have tried over the last couple of years.

"For the first time Isabel is actually actively participating and really enjoying herself. Kate's calm demeanour makes the classes a relaxing experience. It's a highlight of our week."

For further details about The Singing Tree and to book a free taster, visit: www.thesingingtree.co.uk or www.facebook.com/TheSingingTreeNorthBristol.