Over the last few months we’ve started to let you know about some exciting changes to Learn2soar Music. Unfortunately, this month we’re having to break some slightly sad news. As a company we have decided to place our music workshops on hold for the foreseeable future.
Why are your music workshops on hold?
The main reason we are suspending this service is that currently there appears to be very little demand for our school workshops, due to school budgets being slashed over the last decade.
When we started providing workshops in 2003 we were delivering up to 100 events a year. But from around 2009 onwards we saw a steady decline. It has reached the point where we’re now receiving just two or three booking requests a year. Therefore, it’s no longer financially viable to keep them going. Continue reading “Workshops On Hold”
Season’s Greetings from all at Learn2soar Music.
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’.
C-H-R… Spells Christmas – Infant Version
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”
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!
Here are some quotes from customer who have already used it: Continue reading “Mothers Day Quotes”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Call one of the numbers below and leave a message after the tone. We do often check for messages left outside of normal work hours, and we always respond as soon as we possibly can.
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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.
This is upsetting and frustrating because the truth is, ALL of our Nativity plays are suitable for church use. In addition, all of our Christmas musicals and plays (i.e. non-nativity stories) still feature the true message of Christmas in one way or another. Continue reading “Not just for schools: Our top selling church nativity plays”
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 email@example.com.
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 teacher Continue reading ““Outstanding Music Workshops””
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.
What teachers say: “We used this CD with our whole school from Y1 to Y6. Each year group performed a different song, while the script was read/performed by the older children. It went very well indeed. Thank you very much.” – J Crompton – Music Teacher Continue reading “A Bumper Harvest: Harvest Assembly Songs and Ideas”
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…
Customer: “Is it Religious?”
Customer: (Silence as they hang up)
… we were forced to become more flexible, from a financial point of view as much as anything else. Continue reading “‘No Christian assemblies please, Not in our school’”
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.
Learn2soar Music already has a fantastic range of ready-to-use leavers assembly CDs and downloads, containing leavers songs, leavers assembly scripts, leavers assembly ideas and resources, all from just £7.99 each (Click here for details).
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:
1. Alien Invasion Play
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:
- What is school?
- What are friends?
- Why do you have to leave school?
- How do you feel?
As the children answer the questions, they share their memories of school, along with their feelings about what the future holds. Continue reading “10 Leavers Assembly Ideas! Fresh ideas for Year 6 Leavers”
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!”
9 Unique Music Workshops from Learn2soar Music
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…
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 worldwide that a performance licence is in place for any performance of any play or musical. This includes children’s Christmas musicals and nativity plays. We make it extremely easy for customers to buy their licence at the same time as they buy their performances from us, for the low price of just £10. 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”
‘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.
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!
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:
Happy Summer Holidays and Happy Christmas!
By Stuart Ross – Learn2soar Music
‘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.
‘Away With The Manger’ was an instant hit and has now been successfully performed in hundreds of schools. However, one thing we didn’t realise when publishing it, was that certain national newspapers had a different agenda… Continue reading “‘Away WITH The Manger’ in the newspapers”
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)!
One of the main areas of success behind the worldwide appeal of our Mother’s Day songs has been our YouTube Mother’s Day songs videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/Learn2soarMusic
Between them these videos have now had over 150,000 views. Each video shows images of mothers from a variety of cultures, races and backgrounds, giving a truly global feel to Mother’s day.
To find out more about the Mother’s Day songs we have on sale, please click here:
So Happy Mother’s Day to all our overseas customers and I’ll carry on dreaming about visiting all your wonderful countries one day!
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’…
Famine, floods, earthquakes Continue reading “Palm Sunday Is Missing!!!”