Singing Playgrounds is an established, award-winning whole-school singing programme in which we train children to lead others in singing play.

“This has been a transformational project.” Jackie Gazeley, Headteacher, Birmingham

Developing teamwork and leadership through singing play

Singing Playgrounds combines training for teachers, leadership training for children, and comprehensive resources and activities for every member of the primary school community. Since its creation in 2004 by Rebecca Ledgard, Director of Education, and Ula Weber, Singing Playgrounds Project Leader, Singing Playgrounds has become a highly regarded and sought-after project across the UK and internationally.

To date the project has been delivered in nearly 1000 primary schools across the UK and has travelled to Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, Belgium, Uganda, Hong Kong and mainland China. Numerous training events and conference presentations for teachers, singing leaders and students have taken place complementing the work of the project. Many Singing Playgrounds celebrations and performances have taken place, and highlights include 2000 children in a park, the Royal Albert Hall, and at a global inaugural summit in front of Desmond Tutu.

Projects are devised for individual school and hub needs from the five elements of Singing Playgrounds:

  1. School Staff Introductory and Training Session
  2. Song Leader Training Day
  3. School Visit
  4. Resource Set
  5. Celebration Event


Build your Singing Playgrounds project

Music Education Hubs

Singing Playgrounds builds a singing culture across a cluster of schools, and we offer flexible packages of activities, resources and CDs


We can offer you a tailored package of activity, resources and CPD to build a singing culture in your school, or across a cluster of schools.

For more information on building your Singing Playgrouds project, please contact Hazel Tyrrell: 0121 616 3412,

What they say

“The Singing Playgrounds Programme has been a bit of a revelation for me as a tone-deaf, non-musical Head Teacher. It really has opened my eyes to the value and contribution music can play to the all-round development of a child. The list of positives from this project cannot be underestimated and cover many of the elements of the Every Child Matters agenda.”  (Richard Lee, Head teacher at Barford Primary School, Birmingham)

“In 21 years it was the most inspiring singing event that I have attended and it was a very stimulating experience for all the children.”  (Karen Kennedy, Head teacher, Birmingham)

“Singing Playgrounds is brilliant. I wish I could wave a wand and have it magically appear in every primary school in the country now.”  (Howard Goodall CBE, National Singing Ambassador, 2007-11)

“It’s as though you are sprinkling gold dust across the country”  (Margaret Griffiths, Sing Up Evaluator and ex HM Inspector for Music)

Singing Playgrounds won of Best Musical Initiative, Music Teacher magazine, 2014, and was listed as one of the top choral initiatives in the world by Koor & Stem, 2013.