Rocksteady Reggae School
Get ready to start learnin' about riddim, rhyme an' readin' wid Rastamouse & Da Easy Crew!
Currently designed for children aged 4-6; The Rastamouse Rocksteady Reggae school delivers elements of the Music National Curriculum in a variety of formats - from one day workshops through to a comprehensive ten-week programme incorporated into school timetables.
Developed with music practitioner Sally Greaves with the support of The Rastamouse Company, the team at EMI and the Triborough Music Hub of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster City; the Rocksteady programme has been piloted and evaluated in a number of London schools since April 2012.
Drawing inspiration from the stories of Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster, the CBeebies television programme, and incorporating the uplifting music of Andrew Kingslow; the Rocksteady music project puts a variety of instruments into the hands of children to provide a thoroughly cross-curricular experience to excite and engage young minds.
During Summer 2013 the Rastamouse Company is very pleased to be working with BBC Learning on a number of unique events to bring the Rocksteady Music Workshop to children all around the country. Musical workshops using ukuleles, bongos, egg shakers, wooden spoons, voice and movement provide structured activities to enable engagement at various levels and most importantly create a fun, energetic atmosphere. (Teachers, parents and carers be prepared to get involved too!)
The most important thing about the Rocksteady project is getting children involved in performance, but in addition interactive musical readings by the show's co-creator Michael De Souza provide a stage show experience which reinforces elements of the music workshops. This is followed by a 'boombastic' finale featuring Da Easy Crew encouraging everyone to 'bust some moves!'