As we’re heading towards the Christmas holidays, we wanted to take the time to thank all our loyal customers for yet another fantastic year. We hope that all your Christmas musicals and Nativity plays have gone without a hitch. If you have a spare few minutes, we’d be grateful to hear any feedback, reviews, comments or ideas that you have to offer. Continue reading “Seasons Greetings from Learn2soar Music”
Last month we looked at our all time number one best selling item: ‘Our First Nativity‘. But what’s number 2 and number 3 on the list? The answer to both questions is ‘C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Spells Christmas’.
The Infant version was one of Learn2soar Music’s first publications, written in 2003. From then, until 2011’s ‘Our First Nativity’ was published, it was consistently our best selling item. In a similar way to ‘Our First Nativity’, the genius of ‘C-H-R… Spells Christmas’ is in its utter simplicity. The performance consists of little more than nine different, simple, catchy songs, for the nine letters that spell the word ‘Christmas’, that all come together to tell the biblical Nativity story. Continue reading “C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Spells Christmas – Spells Success”
In the run up to Christmas we’re going to use our monthly blog posts to take a look at our best selling Nativities. We’re starting with our all time best selling nativity play: ‘Our First Nativity‘.
Published in 2011, Our First Nativity quickly rocketed to the top of our list of best sellers. It’s total sales are over 50% higher than any other item we’ve ever sold. (Although ‘Our First Nativity TWO’ is quickly gaining ground on it). So why is ‘Our First Nativity’ our best selling nativity play? Continue reading “Best Selling Nativity Play – Our First Nativity”
“This is the story of the Little Black Cloud, Who wanted to share his rain around!”
As it’s nearly time to start planning for all those harvest assemblies and harvest / thanksgiving services, we wanted to take a look back at ‘The Little Black Cloud‘.
This always popular mini-musical is one of the shortest, simplest performances that we’ve ever published. The Little Black Cloud was written in 2002 and eventually published in September 2004. It was actually designed purely as a harvest musical, to be used in UK schools. However, since then it has been performed all around the world, at all times of the year. Continue reading “Little Black Cloud”
Over the next few weeks schools across the UK will be closing for the summer and saying goodbye to their oldest pupils, as they move on to the next stage of their education. We’re sure that as usual there will be many teachers trying to scramble together a last-minute Leavers Assembly performance. So to help all these teachers out and save a lot of time, we thought we’d focus some attention on our best-selling assembly product: ‘Journey On Leavers Assembly’.
Originally published in 2009, Journey On has gone on to become our best-selling assembly CD/Download. We believe that the main reasons for its enduring popularity are down to the very catchy, rock-based songs, along with a genuinely hilarious play script (Honey I Grew Down The Kid) which has now been performed in hundreds of schools across the country. We’ve also heard anecdotes about it being widely recommended through word of mouth and on various teachers forums. Continue reading “Journey On Leavers Assembly”
Today is Pentecost Sunday. Usually, this is one of my favourite days of the year for going to church (along with Easter Sunday and Christmas Day). You can literally feel the excitement and anticipation in the congregation, on what is one of the most joy filled services of the calendar.
But this year is very different for two reasons. Firstly, I’m stuck at home on my own, still recovering from a major operation on my left ankle, which has left me in a lot of pain. And secondly, because I’ve spent most of the night watching the news in disbelief, as a second major terrorist attack in less than two weeks has hit our country. Continue reading “Through the storm of the terror attacks in Manchester and London”
News Update from Stuart Ross (Main Composer and Managing Director of Learn2soar Music)
Yesterday I had a 5 hour operation on my left foot to correct an issue with my heel bone. Unfortunately, the operation involved severing and then re-attaching my achilles tendon (ouch). The operation went very well and the surgeon expects me to make a full recovery, in time. However, it will be a few months before I’m able to walk unaided and I’ve been warned that complete recovery could take up to a year.
Please be assured that whilst I’m recuperating, the day-to-day operations of Learn2soar Music will continue unaffected. I have a great team of people working for me who I have great confidence in. Continue reading “Learn2soar News Update”
It’s just two weeks till Easter, so if you still haven’t planned your school’s Easter assembly or your church’s Easter service, then look no further than our ready-to-use, all age ‘Easter Assembly CD‘. It contains 10 brilliant Easter songs, with vocal and backing tracks. Plus six ready-to-go assembly scripts with stories, plays, activities, ideas, readings, prayers and more.
This easy-to-use CD / Download also comes with printable masks, songsheets, sheet music, PowerPoints and more.
Here’s what some of our customers have said about it:
Used It So Much
“A few years ago we went to buy three of your general assembly packs, but then realised that for not much more we could buy your “101 assembly songs” 15 CD pack, which is staggeringly good value for money. Anyway, this Cd was included and it was something we hadn’t looked at before buying from you. But over the last few years it’s probably the one CD that we’ve used the most. Great songs, great assembly content. The children love singing the songs and always ask for them again and again, even when Easter is long gone! Well done.”
Mr Bevan Continue reading “Easter Assembly Quotes”
Mothers day in the UK is nearly upon us (26th March). So it’s a good time to remind you that our very popular ‘Mothers day Assembly CD‘ can be downloaded for just £7.99!
This collection of Mothers Day songs and Mothers Day talks / performance scripts, is perfect for your Mothers Day celebrations in school or church. It contains 6 superb Mothers Day songs for all ages, with the usual vocal tracks and backing tracks. It also includes 3 time saving, editable scripts, containing ideas, stories, plays, activities, readings, prayers and more.
All in all, this is a truly fantastic CD which over the years has become one of our best sellers. It contains everything you need to make your Mothers Day celebration or Mothers Day service extra special!
Stuart and Rachel already have two grown up children, Corinne (19) who is at Uni, and Jamie (16) who is currently taking A-levels. Both Corinne and Jamie have helped with the writing and recording of various Learn2soar Music CDs over the years and we feel sure that in the near future you’ll see Harry’s name in the sleeve notes of various Learn2soar products.
Happy New Year from everyone at Learn2soar Music. We hope you all had a great Christmas break. Please remember to fill us in on how all your festive performances went. We’d love to hear your opinion.
In other news, we’ve decided to keep our prices on hold for another 6 months at least. We still believe that we have the lowest prices for the particular type of products that we offer. If you find another company offering all that we do for less than us, please let us know. We refuse to be beaten on price.
We have lots of plans for the coming year which we’re looking forward to sharing with you as the months go on. 2017 is going to be a great year!
As we approach the busiest few weeks of the year for Christmas Nativity Plays, we wanted to remind you that we’re always available to offer customer support in any way we can. You can easily contact us day or night, 7 days a week.
We are very proud of the fact that our customer satisfaction ratings are very high, and the number of people requiring any type of customer support is always extremely low. But if you are one of the few who needs help editing your script, or copying some music, or re-accessing a download, or if your dog’s eaten your CD and your show’s the next day… please don’t suffer in silence. Contact us at ANY time of the day or night and we’ll always try to help in any way we can, as a matter of urgency.
Our phone lines are open from 8am to 6pm, Mon-Fri (London UK time). But outside of those hours you can still contact us in the evenings or at weekends in one of two ways:
Email us at email@example.com with your question. You should hear back from us within a few hours at the most. You can also ask for a call back. Just email us your phone number and tell us the best time to call.
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Yes we DO sell ‘church nativity plays’, as well as ‘school nativity plays’, and guess what? They’re the same thing! This may sound like an odd thing to say, but recently it’s become clear to us that not everyone understands this!
2016 has been a pretty good year for us at Learn2soar Music in terms of sales. But to our disappointment, we recently discovered that we’ve not sold as many nativities to churches this year as we have done before.
Our research showed that more people than ever had googled for ‘church nativity plays’, or ‘Sunday school’ or ‘Christian’ nativity plays. But for the first time in 15 years, a low number of those searches converted into actual sales.
New for 2016: ‘A Christmas-Toy Story‘ is Learn2soar Music’s forty-fifth school musical release. In many ways it’s also the most ambitious:
Fans of Learn2soar Music, who have followed us for the last 15 years, will know that we’re very particular about our primary age titles. It can sometimes be several years between releases. But this isn’t because of laziness, or a lack of ideas. It’s just that we believe that it takes time to create a work of art. Continue reading “A Christmas-Toy Story: New Children’s Christmas Musical”
Are your music / performance licensing needs really covered through one universal license? Perhaps you should double-check that?
Recently we’ve spoken with a number of schools, churches and preschools about their licensing needs. Not just here in the UK, but also in Ireland and the USA. Many of them have told us that they’ve been contacted by unspecified organisations who are trying to sell ‘universal licensing’ or ‘covering licences’.
If you’re looking for harvest assembly ideas then you’ve come to the right place…
The start of a new school year usually means that plans and preparations for harvest assemblies and Autumn festivals are in the pipeline. To help you out, we’ve updated our Pinterest page by adding dozens of harvest assembly ideas. Harvest crafts, harvest songs, harvest plays and musicals for all ages from 2 to 11. Perfect for any school, preschool or church.
Now that it’s coming to the end of the academic year, we want to know what Learn2soar Music products you’ve enjoyed the most.
We want to know what leavers assemblies, nativity plays, harvest assemblies, Easter musicals, Mothers Day assemblies, or school workshops you’ve used and would recommend to others. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve never had any experience in organising a children’s musical before, it can be very daunting. Especially if you find yourself thrust into the role without any previous stage or musical experience. To help you out, here is a check list that we’ve compiled from many years experience of organising children’s musicals, nativity plays and class assemblies:
Three months from today Rio 2016 will hold it’s opening ceremony as Brazil welcomes the Olympics. Between now and then, many primary schools will be holding their annual Year 6 Leavers Assembly. So this year, why not link the two events with an Olympics Leavers Assembly.
Our ‘Racing ON’ Leavers Assembly CD can be downloaded now for just £7.99. It contains 5 great songs with vocal and backing tracks, plus FIVE ready-to-use leavers assemblies (2 PowerPoint assemblies & 3 text assemblies).
All the included assemblies come with an optional sporting twist and contain ideas, activities, stories / play scripts, readings, lessons and prayers. With added extras like PowerPoints, sheet music and more, this is a truly superb, easy-to-use leavers assembly pack with everything you could possibly need. Continue reading “Olympics Leavers Assembly 2016”
What teachers say about our School Music Workshops…
At this time of year we usually write a blog about our school music workshops, in preparation for what is traditionally our busiest period of the year for workshop bookings across the UK. But this year for a change, we thought we’d let teachers who’ve used our services over the last 15 years, tell you themselves how much they liked Learn2soar’s Music Workshops:
“The pop star workshop was amazing. The children learnt so much (as did I) and they were thrilled with the songs that they wrote and recorded. A fabulous day, an exceptional experience, we definitely want him back!” K Harris, Year 6 teacherContinue reading ““Outstanding Music Workshops””
It’s just two weeks now till Mothers Day here in the UK, so we’ve updated our Pinterest page with some great ideas and resources for Mothers Day . Click on the link below for Mothers Day activities, craft ideas, songs and assembly suggestions, for all ages from 2-11.
With Easter just 8 weeks away, we’ve updated two of our best-selling Easter CDs.
We have upgraded Our First Easter PLAY and Our First Easter SHOW to now include lead sheets with guitar chords for every song. We’ve also reprogrammed the CD-ROM sections of each CD to make them easier to use, better looking and quicker to load.
We’re very pleased with the results and will be making similar changes to all our other existing CDs over the next year or two.
Existing customers who have verified purchases of either CD can upgrade to the new versions for just £8 per CD. Just go to the product page by clicking on the CD cover images. Then select the option which says “Extra CD (Exact copy of full priced CD)”.
Happy Christmas from everyone at Learn2soar. We hope all of your Christmas musicals and nativity performances have gone really well. Please let us know about your success stories and feel free to leave any feedback about our various Christmas productions. We look forward to hearing from you.
A big thank you to ‘Teach Early Years’ magazine for their article on Learn2soar Music, which is to appear in their latest issue. Here is what they wrote:
Super Simple Nativity Plays
You can easily perform a nativity play with even the youngest of children, using Learn2soar Music’s wide range of Early Years nativities. Featuring nursery-rhyme based songs, ultra-simple scripts and many added extras, they offer everything you need to stage a parent-pleasing festive treat.
View From The Floor
“The Learn2soar early years nativities are so good. Over the last ten years we’ve used 4 different ones in our day nursery, ‘Our First Nativity’ (One and Two). ‘Our First Christmas Play’ and ‘C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s Spells Christmas’. They’re all so easy to use and are of an excellent quality. We have a very wide range of ages in our day nursery but all the children are able to take part fully and enjoy the songs so much. These nativities really are perfect for very young children. Thank you for all your help and for producing such brilliant material.” A Smith – Day Nursery Owner
“Absolutely fantastic. We’re really pleased with it. My boss said there was no way we were doing a nativity with children as young as two, but now having seen the material she has completely changed her mind. Honestly we are just so chuffed with this CD! Fantastic stuff.” K Payne – Nursery Worker
“Thank you so much for producing ‘Our First Nativity’. This is the third year in a row we’re performing it in our preschool! It’s always extremely popular and get’s great feedback from the parents. The songs and script are so easy to learn even for very young children. We love it!” L Harrison – Preschool Manager
“Excellent – We’ve 20 years experience of nativity plays and this is by far the best that we’ve come across. Well done!” S Marshall – Early Years Teacher
Thanks ‘Teach Early Years’. You can find out more about all these Early Years nativities on our Christmas page here:
It’s Harvest time! As many schools and churches are now in full preparation for their harvest festivals, teachers and children’s church workers everywhere are looking for harvest assembly songs and ideas…
Well there’s no need to look any further than Learn2soar Music’s range of harvest assembly songs and ideas. We have four great harvest CDs/downloads suitable for ages 3-11. Each contains catchy songs, simple scripts and lots of extra fantastic resources:
This truly is a bumper harvest assembly songs and ideas CD/download. With seven songs and dozens of pages of stories and ideas. You have everything you need for a harvest spectacular, or split up the material so that you have plenty of songs and ideas for the next several years in a row. Either way it’s fantastic value for money.
It’s time to assemble your school assemblies for the new year… so we have some free assemblies for you:
As the new academic year dawns upon us many primary teachers begin to think about a new year of school assemblies. Everyone is looking for something fresh, different, accessible, ready-to-go and easy to use. Well don’t worry, we have you covered. Learn2soar Music has a range of assembly CDs/downloads available. Each title contains much more than just songs and backing music… all our assembly CDs contain multiple assemblies with ideas, notes, stories, talks, prayers, games, quizzes, PowerPoints, etc.
To give you an idea of what to expect we have made two FREE assemblies available. One from ‘Songs 4 Assemblies KS1‘ (ages 3-7) and one from ‘Songs 4 Assemblies KS2‘ (7-11). You’re welcome to print and use these free assemblies any time, any place. Both free assemblies can be downloaded here:
The best way to get hold of all our assemblies quickly and easily is to download our ‘101 Assembly Songs‘ pack which contains over 300 pages of ready to use assemblies. Topics covered by the assemblies include seasonal assemblies for Harvest, Easter, Mothers Day, Christmas, Leaver’s assemblies, Remembrance Day and Valentine’s day. In addition there are many general assemblies covering subjects like citizenship, green issues, perseverance, faith, obedience, nature, senses, disability, bravery, trying our best, autumn, friendship, healthy eating, good manners, saying please and thank you, using our talents, sharing, ‘love your neighbour’, teamwork, the value of education, encouragement, anti-racism and peace.
All assemblies can be downloaded in an editable format at no extra charge, so you can easily alter each assembly to suit the needs of your particular setting. To see our full range of assembly material visit our assembly page here:
Christian assemblies seem to be dying out. Here is our view on the current state of Christian assemblies in schools, given the current legal requirement for all pupils in England and Wales to take part in a “broadly Christian” act of daily collective worship.
One of the most common queries we receive about our products is the good old ‘is it religious?’ question. The answer we always give is, ‘yes and no!’ In other words, although most of our school assemblies and children’s musicals contain Christian themes, each script also gives the customer the flexibility to remove religious references altogether, if required. This is because each product contains editable versions of the scripts, with many also containing multiple script variations, including non-religious alternatives. Therefore, even our most Christian assemblies can quickly become non-Christian assemblies if so desired.
However, looking back to when we started in business in the early 2000’s, this issue was a lot more challenging for us. Back then, each one of our assembly CDs and school musicals had just one, un-editable script. Regretably, there was very little flexibility. Therefore after a few years of…
It’s that time of year again when teachers everywhere are preparing for their school leavers assembly. If you’re starting to make plans but find yourself short of inspiration, don’t panic! On this page you’ll find 10 leavers assembly ideas for you to use for FREE.
However, we know that there are many schools who have already used every one of them and are now looking for something new. So with you, our most loyal customers in mind, here are ten great leavers assembly ideas for you to use for free. Take any of them and add them to your favourite Learn2soar leavers songs, for a spectacular presentation, which will live long in the pupils and parents memories.
Please note that although a few of the following ideas are found on other products / webpages, in each case we’ve tried to offer a fresh, new twist on each idea:
Set the children the challenge of writing a play about an alien spaceship that lands on the school playground. A group of aliens enter the school with no knowledge of humans, feelings, school or our planet. The aliens have many questions which need answering, such as:
We’re delighted to announce that Learn2soar Music has now begun placing links to resources and ideas on Pinterest:
To start with we’ve created 4 boards for:
Leavers Assembly Ideas
Nativity Play Scripts/Songs/Costumes/Ideas
Mothers Day Ideas
Harvest Assembly Songs and Ideas
In addition to linking to our most popular products, each board also contains art/craft ideas, printable resources, costume / staging ideas, inspirational quotes / prayers and even one or two recipe suggestions! Over the coming months we hope to keep adding more and more.
If you’re on Pinterest already then please give us a like or a follow. And if you’re not on Pinterest yet, then you probably should consider it! It only takes a minute to sign up and you’ll find it full of valuable ideas and resources for every school / church / children’s group.
Not every school is lucky enough to have musicians capable of playing along to an entire children’s musical production. That’s why Learn2soar Music provide professional backing music for each children’s musical we sell, so your cast can sing along karaoke style for a fantastic performance. But what format should you use for the backing music? A CD or a download? Every children’s musical we publish is available in both formats, but we believe downloads are always the best choice and easily win the ‘CDs vs Downloads’ battle. Here are 7 reasons why downloads save time, save money, save hassle and even help save the planet…
1. CDs Get Damaged Easily
Are you old enough to remember when the first CDs came out in the early 80s? Manufacturers boldly stated that scratches and dirt would make no difference to the playing quality! Today that claim is almost as laughable as early cigarette advertising which promised ‘amazing health benefits’! How times change…
We’ve all shared the frustration of finding that our favourite disk is suddenly jumping through the best song and when we examine the disk surface, it’s usually the smallest of scuff marks that’s the problem. Let’s face it, a jumping CD is annoying. However, a jumping CD in the middle of a children’s musical performance is an absolute nightmare! Over the years we’ve sadly heard several horror stories of that very event occurring! Fortunately, digital downloads played through a computer, MP3 player or iPod don’t get dirty or scratched and always play perfectly well. Continue reading “CDs vs Downloads in a Children’s Musical – 7 Reasons Downloads Win!”
You may have noticed that we offer very popular ‘Music Man‘ and ‘Pop Star‘ music workshops to UK-based Primary Schools and Pre-Schools. However, did you know that we offer several other unique music workshops, projects and services? We’ve recently updated our Music Workshop Pages and added a new Special Projects page, where you will find full details. Here are some of the highlights…
Learn2soar Music is proud to present a new pack of 15 assembly CDs. The pack contains some of our most popular songs for use in your school assemblies. In total you will receive 101 assembly songs with vocal / backing tracks, sheet music, PowerPoints and Songwords. Plus, you get the added bonus of more than 300 pages of fabulous assembly scripts, stories and ideas.
If you were to buy all these CDs separately, it would cost around £200! But if you buy them altogether in this one pack, you will only pay £93.42. Or save even more money by downloading now for just £78.42! (Official school orders are welcome, 30 day invoice for UK-based schools).
This time last year we revealed plans for 7 new publications, but as the year progressed we were sadly only able to publish 4 of them. This was because of the huge amount of time and man power needed to completely overhaul our Learn2soar Music 2015 website. As the new year gets underway, we will still be spending the first few months on major changes to Learn2soar.co.uk, but later in the year we will hopefully be publishing the following exciting new titles…
1. THE SINGING SCARECROW: A new musical for ages 5-11, written for Harvest festivals, but equally suitable for any time of the year.
2. A CHRISTMAS TOY STORY: Christmas toys come to life on Christmas Eve for a fun festive musical (Ages 5-11). Expected Sept/Oct.
3. THE FARMYARD NATIVITY: Old MacDonald stages a nativity, E-I-E-I-O!!! A fun-filled festive treat with a farmyard twist for ages 2-5. Expected Oct/Nov.
4. COOL CAROLS: (Ages 7-11) Traditional carols with a new fun nativity script. This product will be a complete overhaul of our existing Nativity Play ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ (from 2004). All songs are being edited / re-mastered / re-recorded, along with a few new songs and new scripts. Expected September 2015.
5. NATIVITY PLAY IN ONE DAY: (Ages 5-11) The follow-up to our popular ‘Christmas Play In One Day’. The ultimate time-saver for busy nativity play organisers everywhere. Six simple songs with a simple nativity script enabling you to easily stage a nativity show in just a few hours. Expected late 2015.
Disclaimer: All of the above planned Learn2soar Music 2015 products are scheduled for release during 2015. However, there is no guarantee that any of them will be released within this timeframe.
6 out of 10 Nativity Plays performed by schools, nurseries, preschools, playgroups and churches may accidentally break the law in one of three ways…
Over the last few weeks thousands of schools, nurseries, preschools and churches have performed Christmas musicals and nativity plays, not just here in the British Isles, but also in the 40 or so countries around the world, which we regularly sell to. However, behind all the costumes, glitter, joyful songs and smiling faces, it may shock you to know that in our experience, roughly 6 out of every 10 establishments staging nativity plays, may have inadvertently broken the law in one of 3 ways…
1. No Performance Licence
It is a legal requirement that a performance licence is in place for any performance of any play or musical. This includes nativity plays. We make it extremely easy for customers to buy their licence at the same time as they buy their nativity plays, for the low price of just £9. There are no forms to fill out and we believe that our prices are the lowest in the market, yet only around 40% of customers actually buy a performance licence.
The big problem is that there are a lot of common misconceptions which we hear all the time… We’re only performing to parents… We’re not charging admission… We’re only using a small part of the script or just a few songs… Our children are only 3 years old… and in all these cases it sadly makes no difference whatsoever. A performance licence is still required by law. (In the UK via the ‘Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988’, and worldwide via the ‘Berne Convention’ and the ‘World Intellectual Property Organisation’). Continue reading “On The Naughty List: How 60% of Nativity Plays might break the law”
Christmas has come early. Learn2soar Music has a new look website for you to play with.
Our new look website features some major improvements and changes:
Responsive pages for easy viewing no matter what type of device you’re using: mobile, tablet, smartphone, laptop, iPhone, iPad
Product options aren’t hidden any more, making it simple to see all your choices before buying
Reactive category pages, with sorting options and full review details
Easier to use payment pages
Larger product images
… and much, much more technical behind the scenes stuff to make your learn2soar music experience even better
The only downside is that this huge job has taken so long to undertake, that we’ve had to postpone some of our anticipated new releases. We were particularly disappointed that two new Christmas products ‘Christmas Toy Story‘ and ‘Cool Carols’are now going to have to wait until 2015. Our sincere apologies to any customers who were looking forward to buying them. However, we did manage to release ‘Our First Nativity 2’ which has been selling like hotcakes!
Despite all these changes learn2soar music are very pleased that during 2014 we’ve been able to keep one thing the same… all our low, low prices, which are still unchanged for the fourth year in a row! However, in January 2015 some of our prices will have to rise, but we will still aim to have the lowest prices around with the best value for money. If you find another company selling comparative products for less, then please do let us know. We’ll gladly try to beat any price you are quoted for equal goods and services.
We hope you enjoy using the new look learn2soar music website and if you do come across any small teething problems, please do let us know.
‘What A Star’ is a groundbreaking nativity play designed to boost your children’s self-image. This blog looks at how and why it was made.
Early in 2013 I had an idea for a new nativity play for young children. The premise was simple: a little star who wasn’t very good at shining would be chosen by God to become the brightest star of all, shining over Bethlehem, guiding the wise men to visit the newborn baby Jesus.
I suggested the idea to my teenage daughter, who ran with it. Within a few days she had enterprisingly produced the first draft of what would become: ‘What A Star!’ A nativity play for ages 3-7. In her script, my daughter had introduced the idea of the star going to ‘star-school’, but being the worst in the class at everything, getting teased by other ‘bigger, better stars’ and feeling unhappy at being so small and shy. By the end of the play of course, Leo the little star becomes the biggest, brightest, most important star of all, as he shines over Bethlehem’s stable.
All good and well, but what surprised me most was that my daughter had chosen to give this star a name… Leo! Having written dozens of nativity plays over the years, my first instinct was to change the name or remove it altogether. But then I thought about the significance of this tiny name…
Straight away, I should state that I never read horoscopes, or take any interest in star signs or the zodiac, but I do know that because my birthday is in late July, my star sign is ‘Leo’. Therefore, as I read the first draft of the script, I immediately felt a connection to this little star, who didn’t feel as good as all the larger, older stars in his class.
Back in August 2010 I had one of my better ideas, to create the simplest nativity play possible for very young children, calling it ‘Our First Nativity’. A few months later it went on sale and we were astounded by the response. It was soon outselling all our other products combined and has now gone on to become our all time best-selling product by a long way.
It has since spawned a whole host of related early years products, ‘Our First Harvest’, ‘Our First Easter Play’, ‘Our First Easter Show’, ‘Our First Spring’, ‘Our First Mothers Day’ and ‘Our First Christmas Play’, all of which have done well in their own right. I had planned to give the ‘Our First’ range a bit of a break, but then last year I had a few very interesting phone conversations… Over the course of a two-week period I spoke to several customers who all said the same thing, that they had bought ‘Our First Nativity’ when it had first been released and that they loved it SOOOO much that they had decided to re-use it again and again, every year without fail! Wow! Continue reading “BRAND NEW: Our First Nativity 2”
Our sales of Christmas plays gets earlier each year. This blog discusses the fact that lots of teachers like to be extremely well prepared!
It’s the 1st August 2014 and over the last week the sun has been smiling and I’ve been baking on a trip to London. Next week, we’re going on an even hotter holiday to the beautiful island of Santorini in Greece… yet through it all, at the back of my mind, I can’t stop thinking about Christmas plays! Welcome to my weird mixed up world!
I can tell it’s the start of the summer holidays when the first orders for Christmas plays start to come in. Yes, believe it or not, there are a lot of teachers out there, who in their first week of the summer holidays are thinking about where and how they’re going to buy their Christmas plays. I know, some of you are thinking that’s mad, but I call it being amazingly well prepared!
Just in the last week we’ve had good sales for early years Christmas plays, particularly our No. 1 best seller ‘Our First Nativity‘ and our most recent production ‘What A Star‘.
And it’s not just the overly well prepared teachers thinking about festive productions… at this time of year I can’t help but be consumed by the thought of writing new Christmas plays. We have recording days set for a few weeks time to record my new material, so whilst sunbathing on the beaches of Santorini, I’ll hopefully be putting the finishing touches to two of my newest creations: ‘ A Christmas Toy Story’ for ages 5-11 and ‘Our First Nativity 2’ for ages 2-5. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share detailed information about both Christmas plays in the next month.
For now, if you too feel like being overly prepared and a bit festive, then have a look at our current Christmas plays here:
Exciting Primary School Leavers Assemblies, New for 2014
It’s that time of year again when year 6 teachers all over the country are thinking about their school leavers assemblies. This year, why not save a lot of time and effort? You can buy a short, straightforward leavers assembly that’s ready made and ready-to-go! We have two exciting publications to tell you about:
‘Zooming On’: BRAND NEW
Get the planning for your leavers assemblies of to a zooming start with this great new CD. Four of our most popular assembly songs have been mixed with a humorous and thought provoking script. With ready-to-use parts for dozens of pupils, Zooming On Leaver’s Assembly CD gives you everything you could possibly need for a simple, straightforward leavers assembly for ages 7-11.
Buy on CD for £7.99 (+£1.99 P&P) or download now for just £5.99! Continue reading “NEW Primary School Leavers Assemblies”
‘Away WITH The Manger’ is one of our most popular Christmas plays. In this blog, co-writer Stuart Ross writes about the publicity it’s been receiving.
Two years ago I released a Christmas play titled ‘Away WITH The Manger‘. The play had been lovingly crafted over a long five-year period and had originated from an idea by my 9-year-old daughter. She actually wrote the first few scenes including the first song which goes like this…
“Away with the manger, two robbers stole it, They were called Bob and Bill and they were both big twits…”
The hilarious story then tells the tale of two bungling burglars who are on the run with a bag of stolen jewels. Through a strange turn of events, the jewels are hidden in the local school’s nativity manger and soon the comical crooks want them back! As the characters stage their school nativity play, mayhem ensues, but one thing is clear… crime doesn’t pay, as the crooks are eventually locked up. The play then finishes with a glorious nativity scene, with Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Wise Men, etc… reminding the audience of the true reason for the season.
Our Mothers Day songs available on two different Mothers Day CD’s, really have gone round the world…
It’s nearly Mother’s Day! No, I’ve not gone mad… In the UK Mother’s day is always in March or April, but in the rest of the world, Mothers Day is the second Sunday in May. That’s why I love this time of year. As all our overseas customers buy Mothers Day songs from us and it reminds me of how many corners of the world our music and resources are reaching into. Just in the last few days alone we’ve had sales in the USA, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Italy and even Trinidad and Tobago!
I actually have a list in my desk drawer of all the countries where we’ve ever sold a product. I started it 10 years ago and the list is growing bigger and bigger every year! I made myself a promise that one day I’d visit all those countries, but as the list is now getting so long, I’m not sure it will ever be possible (but I’d like to try)!
If you’ve been concerned by the recent Heartbleed Bug, don’t worry, we’re on top of it as our website has been protected from it.
You may have recently heard news about the ‘heartbleed bug’, a security vulnerability in the OpenSSL software used by around 70% of the world’s websites. Our Learn2soar.co.uk website was one of those affected. However, earlier last week the vulnerability was addressed and our site is now again 100% safe.
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Palm Sunday is sadly ignored by most modern calenders, but this sad omission may be indicative of modern society’s uncaring side…
On the wall in my office is a wall planner published by ‘Teach Primary’. It contains an extensive list of important dates from many world religions including obvious events like Christmas, Easter, Ramadan and Diwali, as well as more minor dates like All Saints Day and Ash Wednesday. As I was studying the planner recently I noticed a surprising omission. Palm Sunday was missing! Later, I checked all the other diaries and calendars around our house and found that only one noted that this coming Sunday April 13th would be Palm Sunday.
I believe that Palm Sunday is an important date and shouldn’t be ignored. That’s one of the reasons why I recently published a short Palm Sunday children’s musical: ‘The Donkey’s Tale’, which tells the story of Palm Sunday from the donkey’s point of view. As Jesus entered Jerusalem on a humble donkey, the people shouted ‘Hosanna’, which literally means ‘save us’.
The people of Jerusalem were hoping that Jesus would save them from Roman occupation. Of course that wasn’t the case, but the reason this story always impacts me is because it reminds me of all the people in our world today who are also shouting ‘save me’…
Hello, I’m Stuart Ross, the main composer and managing director here at Learn2soar Music. Welcome to my new blog.
Below you’ll find a complete record of all our previous monthly news articles stretching back to 2011, and above you’ll hopefully soon find lots of new material, news and articles over the coming months and years…
In the future I intend to use this blog to share new content and ideas for use with children in schools and churches. I’ll also be giving an insight into the background work that goes into writing school songs, musicals and resources, as well as up to date news about new releases and other exciting developments here at Learn2soar.
If you have any ideas for content you’d like to see added, just leave a comment below.
Please note that this blog replaces the Learn2soar ‘News’ webpage, which has now been removed.
NEW: ‘Our First Spring’ – songs and play for ages 2-7
Sing-a-long to spring with ‘Our First Spring‘, which can either be used as a fun singing CD, or as a simple musical play suitable for Easter / spring performances! It contains 6 spring songs, all based on nursery rhymes / familiar tunes. Easy enough to rehearse and stage in just a day or two.This product comes with TWO editable, rhyming scripts which tell the story of a newly hatched chick searching for her mother. On her journey she comes across many signs of spring including other friendly newborn animals and a not so friendly big bad wolf! Printable masks are included for every character, so there’s no need to worry about having to sort out costumes.
NEW: ‘The Donkeys Tale’ – Easter Musical for ages 7-11
EE-Awwwwww! ‘The Donkey’s Tale‘ is a NEW Easter / Palm Sunday mini-musical, perfect for school assemblies or church performances. Little Donkey has never let anyone ride him before. He’s worried because he knows that he’ll have to be ridden very soon. As his mother tries to reassure him, two men called James and John turn up to take the donkey to see someone called Jesus! Little Donkey is about to be thrown in the deep end as he carries Jesus on the first Palm Sunday!
The Donkeys Tale contains 6 catchy songs, along with all the backing music tracks so there’s no need for a pianist. You also receive TWO time-saving scripts, PowerPoints, sheet music and plenty of free added resources. Easy enough to rehearse and stage in just a few days.
We have a new CD/Download out, just in time for the busy run up to Christmas. The ultimate time saver for busy teachers… ‘Christmas Play In One Day‘ does what it says on the tin. It provides you with a fun instant, ready to use Christmas play for ages 7-11. It has two editable scripts and 6 easy to learn songs, all available for instant download at just £9.99 with no performance licence required.
Christmas Play In ONE DAY includes a playscript titled ‘The Santa Trap’. This humorous play is set the night before Christmas and tells of Santa’s secret visit to deliver presents to a children’s hospital. But things don’t go to plan as the children trap him and beg him to use his magic to grants their Christmas wishes!
‘The Real Saint Nick’, Re-branded as ‘Christmas Around The World’
One of our most popular products has just had a make over! ‘The Real Saint Nick’ has been re-branded with a new look and a new title. It’s now ‘Christmas Around The World: The Real Saint Nick‘. The contents of the product are more or less the same, but as a response to customer requests, we’ve renamed and re-branded this product to make the subject of the production much clearer. Here’s what a few teachers have had to say about it:
So good: “Every year we buy a learn2soar Christmas play with a pack of rehearsal CDs. We did ‘The Real Saint Nick’ two years ago. The songs and scripts are SO GOOD! And with all the extra free stuff that’s included it’s such great value. Great service too. Thank you.
Amazing: “The Real Saint nick is an amazing play! We did it last year and the parents and children just loved it! I really would recommend it to anyone.”
Out now, What a Star tells the enchanting story of Leo the little star who is shy and not very good at shining. But despite his size, Leo is still given a really important job to do, over a big town called Bethlehem! Can he pull it off? What a Star is suitable for ages 3-7. It contains two different editable, rhyming scripts. A fun play script with dozens of parts and a simple narrators’ parts only script for younger children. With 9 catchy, easy-to-learn songs, this is sure to become a favourite in many Early Years / Infant departments around the world.
It’s summer, but it’s our Harvest products that are HOT!
H-A-R-V-E-S-T Spells Harvest Assembly Songs Play and performance
Yes, it’s August! Most people’s favourite month of the year… summer holidays, sun, sea, relaxation. Surely it’s not a time to be thinking about school matters? Or is it? Every year we are staggered at the amount of sales we make during August! It seems that most of you teachers are so dedicated that you’re doing your planning and purchasing on the beach! And at the moment what’s hot isn’t the deck chair, but our range of harvest CDs and downloads.
Each one is ready-to-use with harvest songs and scripts and contains everything you need for a wonderful harvest assembly. Download now from as little as £5.99.
It’s party time here at Learn2soar Music as we celebrate our 10th birthday! But where on earth have the last 10 years gone? Our managing director Stuart Ross says:
“When I think back to the summer of 2003 and what little we started learn2soar with, it’s a miracle that we have grown so much. My secondment as a music advisor had come to an end and I had a choice to either go back to my old job of being a primary school teacher (which I loved doing) or starting a new business producing music for schools. The business idea won and the rest is history… well sort of.
It’s a miracle we got through those first few years. At that time my wife was between jobs herself and we had 2 young children. We put the mortgage on hold, tightened our belts, prayed a lot and just scraped by! Only having five titles on sale at the time didn’t help and it was only by providing a high volume of school workshops, along with a grant from the Arts Council, which helped us to live from day to day.
As I was gradually able to produce more and more titles each year, the sales grew and the real turning point came in 2007 when I produced…
… The glowing feedback from schools was like nothing we’d ever seen before. It was simply overwhelming and then the icing on the cake was when the BBC broadcast a large section of it over the Christmas holidays. The following year, sales went through the roof and have been growing steadily ever since. One thing we’re particularly proud of is that we’ve never used a bank loan or overdraft. We only ever spend what we take in, never go into debt and give regularly to charity. It’s not the way most businesses work, but it’s really worked well for us!
We estimate that we’ve now supplied music to around 40% of the UK and Ireland’s schools and we regularly sell to customers in about 40 countries around the world. Hopefully over the next 10 years we can see Learn2soar… soar even higher!”
To all our customers, friends, family, supporters, helpers… thank you soooo much for all your love, support and encouragement over the years!
Junior Assembly Songs Remix & New Assembly Material
Songs 4 Assemblies KS2 was originally written and recorded back in 2004. Since then a lot of things have changed and some of the assembly themes clearly needed altering, particularly the assembly about Lance Armstrong being a good role model!!! We have therefore edited and rewritten some of the assembly scripts and while we were remastering the CD, we also took the opportunity to either remix or re-record every song on the album. We’ve also added PowerPoint words and redesigned the CD ROM section. All in all, this CD has been given a serious polish and we’re sure you’ll love the results!
If you purchased the previous version of this product (purchased before June 2013) and would like to upgrade, then download customers can do so for free, just email us at email@example.com with the details of your previous order. If you purchased the CD version, then upgrade by purchasing the £6 ‘EXTRA CD’ option from the drop down on the ‘Songs 4 Assemblies KS2’ page.
It’s nearly summer which means it’s our time to book a summer term school music workshop. Our managing director Stuart Ross (who has composed or co-written just about everything on our website) is available to visit your establishment to thrill your pupils with one of his amazing music workshops. Stuart has composed many songs and musicals which are used by schools all over the globe. He will gladly pass on some of his songwriting expertise in a ‘Pop Star’ writing and recording workshop (ages 7-11).
In addition, Stuart who is a former specialist music teacher, is prepared to enthral your pupils with his fun-tastic ‘I Am The Music Man’ workshop for all ages from 2-11.
Over the next few months we’re making some subtle but important changes to our website. The home page will feature much more information and the navigation structure is being altered to make it easier for you to find what you want. In addition we’re launching a new category page for the popular ‘Our First’ range of CDs and downloads. We’ve got six titles so far and there’s more planned for the future.
If you see any way that our website could be improved then please let us know.
Synopsis: Get ready for the craziest Christmas play you’ve ever seen. Your audience will be in stitches! This new Christmas play tells the funny story of two bungling burglars who are on the run with a bag of stolen jewels. The jewels are hidden in the local school’s nativity manger and now the comical crooks want them back! As the pupils prepare for their nativity, mayhem ensues, but one thing is clear… crime doesn’t pay!
News: The main composer of ‘Away WITH The Manger’, Stuart Ross says, “It’s been five years since my young daughter Corinne first came up with the idea for ‘Away WITH The Manger‘. After a lot of hard work from a lot of people, it’s finally here. And out of all the many plays I’ve written over the years, this is already my favourite! The children who sung on the CD also had more fun with it than any other they’ve done, as you’ll hear from their amazing vocal performances. I know that you will absolutely love it too!” We’ve now also had the CD re-mastered by the same mastering engineer who works with the band ‘Scouting For Girls’ and we are loving the results! It’s obvious that you like it too as it’s been flying off the shelf!
At last, we’ve released a follow up to our best seller ‘Our First Nativity’. ‘Our First Christmas Play’ tells the story of ‘Forgetful Santa’ who knows that he’s forgotten to do something very important… but he can’t remember what! With help from Mrs Claus and the elves he eventually remembers, but not before your cast has sung several fabulous Christmas songs about trees, cards, Christmas dinner, presents and more! To find out more about ‘Our First Christmas Play’ and to hear samples, click here.
At last, a harvest songs and resource CD just for early years, featuring seven catchy songs and two editable harvest assembly scripts especially for Early Years / Infants… ASSEMBLY 1: A class assembly script with enough lines to read out even for the largest of classes. And if it’s too long, easily use the included editable assembly script to cut out whatever you want. In this assembly there are different subjects for each of the seven letters that spell harvest. H is for harvest, A is for autumn, R is for roots, etc… ASSEMBLY 2: This assembly has been designed to be read out by one teacher / headteacher / visiting speaker on his / her own. It contains all the best bits of the above assembly but in a slightly different format, with an added assembly story.
Every year we manage to release at least 3 or 4 new publications. At the moment we’re trying to plan our release schedule for the next few years and we’re happy to say that we have lots of exciting new ideas. The trouble is that we’re not sure what to prioritise? Therefore we’re asking for your input. What would you like to see us produce:
The summer term is always our busiest time for school music workshops and as usual our main composer Stuart Ross is ready and willing to visit your school to thoroughly entertain the children with one of his dazzling music workshops.
Stuart has written hundreds of songs that are used by children all round the world and is eager to pass on his song writing skills through one of his ‘Pop Star’ song writing and recording workshops for ages 7-11.
Stuart is also a former teacher and schools music advisor who plays about a dozen musicals instruments and he’s raring to entertain your pupils through his ‘I Am The Music Man’ workshop for all ages from 2-11 with different programmes available depending on the age/ability of the children.
Perfect for your Mothers Day celebrations, ‘Our First Mothers Day’ is a time-saving Mothers Day song collection & childrens performance especially for very young children. It contains 7 catchy Mothers Day songs, all of which are based on familiar tunes. Plus a ready-to-use, editable Mothers Day story presentation which cleverly links all the songs together. It tells of a young child who is getting ready for Mothers Day. The card has been made and the flowers are ready… but then… disaster strikes! Alex’s dog eats the card and flowers! Find out how Alex still makes Mothers day special.
All you need for a simple Early Years / Infant Easter performance. ‘Our First Easter Show’ can either be used as a simple Easter ‘sing-along’ CD, an Easter assembly CD or a short simple musical play! It contains NINE superbly simple Easter songs and two editable scripts. The main script is a rhyming playscript with parts for dozens of children, which links the 9 Easter songs together with the story of a group of animals who are learning about Easter. A second script, which is a basic presentation of various Easter traditions is also included, especially suitable for the youngest of children.
‘Our First Easter Play’ is a fun, simple, ready-to-use ‘Easter story’ song collection & class assembly CD, especially for Early Years or Infants, though it can also be used with older children. It contains 9 superbly simple ‘Easter story’ songs all based on familiar tunes or nursery rhymes and beautifully sung by a young child. It also contains two time-saving editable scripts which re-tell the traditional ‘Easter story’ of Jesus in a fun, child friendly way.
On the 12th December 2011 our main composer / Managing Director – Stuart Ross will be featured on BBC Radio Scotland. He’ll be on the morning show (from 10.00 onwards) to discuss the role of the nativity in today’s education system. To find out more about what Stuart thinks, read his ‘Why Do A Nativity’ article here.
Sure to get audiences giggling, ‘Big Bad Ben Of Bethlehem’ is a fun-filled nativity play written in the style of ‘Horrid Henry’. Poor Mr & Mrs Innkeeper have a problem! Their son Ben, is a bit of a handful. Who on earth would want to stay at Bethlehem’s inn while Big Bad Ben is causing mischief and mayhem with his practical jokes? Fortunately, help is on hand through a strange visitor… Super-Nanny Gabriel will help Ben to become better behaved and get him to clean up the inn, just in case any shepherds or wise men might come to visit! Suitable for most age ranges, this new nativity play features 10 easy-to-learn, fun songs plus all the backing music so there’s no need for a pianist. It also comes with a time-saving, editable script, PowerPoint scenery, PowerPoint song words, sheet music and more. To find out more about Big Bad Ben, click here.