Workshops for Primary Schools: Storytime Music Project

Integrating music making with stories.

Dynamic and fun 2 hour music workshop for KS1

Staff training and support materials integrated into the workshop.This project is both a creative music workshop for children as well as training for staff.

Music includes rhythmic chants, body percussion, and creating music for different feelings or characters. 
Awareness of elements of music such as fast/slow loud /soft etc integrated with story.

Tales include traditional tales and also books such as Superworm by Julia Donaldson etc

For adults or teachers who have no musical training - leading music sessions with children can be a  tall order. However if music making is linked to structures within stories then many of the problems are eliminated. With clear guidance resources - anyone can do this kind of music making with children. 

Some very simple music making can enhance immersive learning and teachers who have used this approach in class have been very positive and have reported a huge benefit and increased enthusiasm for children to take part in literacy following on from this.

'The children loved the session! They were enthusiastic about what they had learnt and would have loved to do it all over again. I am going to attempt to try and bring in some of the ideas in my next literacy topic which will be 'Going on a Bear Hunt'. I think it benefits their learning in literacy because it gives them a more embedded memory of the story which later helps them when writing their own version.  The musical ideas definitely helped. I liked the fact they were simple to follow and therefore easy to replicate. It has given me the encouragement to teach more music in general and it was an area I was lacking.'
Stokeinteignhead Primary School, Devon

Rachel Miller is a musician, composer and storyteller. She has toured nationally for many years as storyteller and musician for one of UK's leading Puppet Theatre companies - PuppetCraft.  She also works as a solo storyteller integrating music and stoytelling and is recognised for work which is original and spellbinding. In 2015 her CD -The Silly Monkies for children was bought by Plymouth Centre for Faith and Diversity for every primary school in Plymouth as part of their curriculum support material.

She is an active music educator and works with all ages from early years to adults.

Storytelling at its finest’ Barbican Theatre

 'a delight - a delicious fusing of words, music and sound-effects' Matt Harvey, Poet, BBC Radio 4 

'A mesmerising storyteller - creating a rich and atmospheric world'  Resonance Radio, London 

As both a professional musician and storyteller she weaves together sound, music and words creating a rich and atmospheric world.

Previous projects included an exciting opportunity to work as musical director and composer for PuppetCraft's new show 'Monkey!' - written specifically for the company by poet Michael Rosen ( Children's Laureate 2007 - 2009)

She has worked and performed with puppet craft for over 15 years - as musician, composer and storyteller.

Solo Shows:  She has several different shows - some for adults and some specifically for children. 

For Adults ( and children 7+). Shows 40 - 50 minutes.

Baba Yaga - a fiery, powerful and mesmerising Russian tale of a young girls journey to get fire from with Baba Yaga 

Selkie - a soulful tale of love, loss and yearning. A classic Celtic and Inuit myth of a seal woman who has her seal-skin stolen by a lonely hunter.

Descent of Innana - an ancient Sumerian tale and one of the oldest stories ever recorded. A tale of descent into the underworld, transformation and return.

Children of Lir - a classic tragic celtic tale about children transformed into swans 

The Lifestory of Princess Mandarava - a classic tale from the Tibetan life-story tradition. Princess Mandarava is a great scholar who does not wish to be married but wishes to follow her own path of truth.

 For Children 3- 11 years

The Silly Monkeys - A storytelling performance of 6 Jataka Tales - heartwarming, humorous and wise animal tales. see

She also runs interactive music and storytelling workshops for children.

Storytelling CD's available: 

 "The Silly Monkeys and Other Fables" was released last year and is a delightful collection of ancient Indian Fables, Jataka Tales, which are brought to life with music and sound. 

  'These stories are beautifuly brought to life for children and parents alike' Apples and Snakes - UK's leading organisation for performance poetry 

'This CD is of real benefit in Primary schools through RE and assemblies' Jonathan Marshall, MBE, Plymouth Centre for Faith an Diversity 

For more info and audio clips see 

  For more info see