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Hello, I'm Al Start. I am a children's songwriter, performer, music specialist and all-round good egg!

I started Go Kid Music in 2015 following years as a play co-ordinator and music practitioner. I've worked in schools for around 25 years. I know, I don't look old enough!

Having written a growing collection of songs that help children learn, I wanted to find a platform to reach children right across the UK.

Here is my online collection of songs ideal for your primary school.

All the songs are tried and tested, children absolutely love singing them, and staff love the fact that they are REAL songs, played on real instruments - not "kiddie pop" or old fashioned tripe!

I write songs that boys love as much as girls, the sign language I teach in the videos help everyone learn the songs quickly AND they find it's great fun! Children of all abilities can join in.

Music is like magic. 'Kinaesthetic' learning means an action with a spoken (or sung) word. For some reason our brains retain information that is learned with a movement - I quickly found that children can learn a song in 15 minutes AND remember it a week later!

So if that song contains facts and information you want them to learn for school - you have the perfect vehicle!

Creative, engaging, fun and ...it works!


FAQs About School Membership


Why is the membership free at the moment?

Because I want to test it out more widely. We have had some significant findings in the schools who are members, now we want to scale and get this into all UK primary schools. To do that we need more evidence. I hope you'll help!


Will our school have to pay?

We will give you 2 terms free then ask you to give us feedback. At this point, we'd love you to carry on using the materials so ask for just £50 for the rest of your first year. After that its £1 per child per year, so small schools pay less.


How easy is it to use?

If you can play a video on your school screen you can use the resources. You simply choose your song, play the video or audio. You can also display the lyrics only on the screen and play the backing track if your children know the song.


Do you offer training on how to use it?

Yes, I have a step-by-step video showing you how to sign up HERE and I can also offer your school a twilight session about how to log on and find what you need, how to get the most from the membership and give you all tips on using singing and signing with children. It costs £95 and I'll do it over Zoom. Email me to find out more.


Do the teaching staff have to learn music?

Nope. You just play the video - I'll do the music teaching, children follow the video and learn with me. You can press pause and play.


Do we need internet access?

Yes, the materials are all online and the videos stream.


How long does it take to sign up?

No time at all! Simply fill in the form to order the membership. I will email you a school code, share this with your staff team so they can all make profiles.


What feedback do you require?

I want to find out how you use the materials and what you have observed happen as a result of using the songs with the children. You will need to fill in simple questionnaire and share your observations - please!


What happens if we want to end the membership?

If you try it out and don't get on with it, simply let me know and I'll cancel your account. I would also love to know why and if there's anything I can do to improve it.


Do you have any more songs?

Yes! I write new songs all the time, and add them as often as I can to the membership. If you have a lesson that could do with a song, please let me know so I can write one!


Do you have your songs on CD?

Yes, I have many children's albums on CD and digital, and you can buy some of the songs in this membership as individual digital packs. Go to my MUSIC STORE


Do you ever play live in schools?

Yes! I can run songwriting and music workshops, run singing assemblies, write a song for your school or even come and do a gig with my band!


How do we get in touch with you?

Email me at [email protected] or call me on 07808269780

and check out my website:

GOKIDMUSIC.COM


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We're on a mission to help children catch up with their learning, enjoy being back in school and feel happy and confident in their learning. Our free membership will remove all the barriers to your school trying our songs and resources (for 2 terms) and seeing what a positive impact music can make in everyday learning and school attainment. Create a culture of creative learning and well-being in your school now.