Lark Early Years Bursaries for The Conservatoire, Blackheath, could be first of their kind in the UK

Lark Early Years Bursaries for The Conservatoire, Blackheath, could be first of their kind in the UK

Lark is proud to support The Conservatoire, Blackheath where our Lark Early Years Music Bursaries will create access for the youngest musicians of the future. Lark’s donation to The Conservatoire’s 2017-18 Bursary Fund is specifically dedicated to children aged up to five years.

 Jenny McMillan OBE, fundraising manager at The Conservatoire, says the Lark Early Years bursaries are ‘particularly special’.

She said: “This is the first time we have offered bursaries to pre-school children .

“In fact, we are not aware of any other similar offering, so ours may be the first and only early years music bursary programme in the country.”

The Conservatoire, an independent arts centre in the London Borough of Greenwich, believes that children deserve high-quality arts education from their earliest years and this belief resonates with the Lark Music team.

Children use music to express their feelings, explore their emotions and develop their imagination. Before they can speak toddlers sense rhythm, structure, pattern, pulse. Through instruments children develop motor skills, improvisation and accomplishment. Developing these skills at a young age is the foundation for a lifelong love of music.  Lark understands the importance of music education at all ages and its partnership with the Conservatoire widens access to music-making for our youngest students. 

Emel, Frankie and Oscar, all aged two, start the Toddler Tunes course in September and will discover new instruments (including their voices), develop their musical skills and listening, their imagination and fine motor skills.

A fourth recipient, five year old Isabel, joins The Conservatoire’s Junior Musicianship class where she will explore core skills in rhythm, pitch and musical expression.

The Conservatoire will encourage further applications for a second group of students to join courses in January.

Lark Private Client Managing Director David Foster said: “The Lark Music team is excited to be working alongside The Conservatoire to support them in their mission to support music and the arts.

“We want music to be inclusive, for everyone, and perhaps we can inspire some future stars!” 

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