Tots invited to tune in for musical adventure

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) are to extend their Creative Learning programme to give younger children the chance to start a magical musical adventure which may last a lifetime.

They are launching their Teeny Tiny Tunes programme to introduce music to youngsters aged from two to four on Tuesday, September 16.

The project will run for an introductory seven weeks and will expand and extend the Creative Learning programme which up until now has been for primary school age children at the youngest level.

Two further 10-week sessions will follow in Spring/Summer 2015.

Overseeing the project is APA’s newly-appointed Creative Learning Manager Heather Evans and Music Development Coordinator Claire-Gillian Watt.

“This is a completely new area for us, building on our very successful programme of family friendly performances,” said Claire-Gillian.

“The course will allow children to explore and develop creativity, co-ordination and social skills, taking in the themes of friendship and kindness.

“We aim for each young child to finish the course having developed emotionally, socially and better equipped for developing new relationships.”

Heather said: “This is a new and exciting area for APA, giving youngsters a rounded musical and developmental experience.

“It further extends the age range catered for by our ‘Engage’ programme of workshops and classes and invites parents to join in the fun too.”

The first of the three Teeny Tiny Tunes blocks begins Tuesday, September 16 and will be held weekly in the studio at His Majesty’s Theatre.

Children and their grownups can attend at 11.00am or 1.30pm for an hour.

The other sessions will run from January to March and then April to June.

The introductory block costs £35 and the longer terms cost £50 for 10 weeks, more information is available by emailing creativelearning@aberdeenperformingarts.com.

APA’s Creative Learning team provides groups, children, adults and the wider community with opportunities to develop their creative potential and their love of the arts.

They host a wide range of educational and creative activities across all three of APA’s venues – His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree – including three youth theatre groups, Glee clubs, and in-school drama work.

Their work aims to develop new skills, explore creativity and increase confidence in those who take part.