We know our children are missing their Razzamataz lessons but also really enjoying connecting with us on social media. The highlight of our day is seeing videos and photos of our students and it is with great excitement that we can announce that Razzamataz is going online.
How it works
The classes will take place via Zoom and be kept very small so they can be as interactive as possible. There will be a small charge of just a few pounds a class to cover expenses. There will also be lots of content including special guest workshops with performers from the West End stage that will be announced in the near future.
What is special about our Razz Online community?
Each student gets noticed in a virtual classroom – very small virtual class sizes (no more than 10 for under 8yrs and no more than 15 for 9-18yrs)
Inspiring and highly experienced teachers
Enhanced learning – teachers have time to individualise and tailor their feedback, ensuring that each student understands, can get the help they need and can reach his or her potential in the virtual lesson.
Dedicated Q&A time throughout to ensure assessment of learning, individuals can connect closely with their teacher & peers and become confident and comfortable when it comes to sharing their ideas and perspectives
Share the Razz Online community – invite your friends who may not be a Razzamataz student to get involved.
For parents / guardians ‘pay as you go’ with no monthly commitment or direct debits
Opportunity for 1:1 tutorials in singing, dance and drama
Thank you for your understanding and we wish you the very best during these challenging and unprecedented times.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools offers online platform to support students
The closure of schools across the UK is having a huge impact on families. The disruption to daily life is simply unprecedented and the cost in terms of both physical and mental health and wellbeing is unknown.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has been working with children for the last twenty years and understands that performing arts can be crucial in helping young people to make sense of the world, especially important in today’s challenging climate.
With the onslaught of COVID-19, Razzamataz made the difficult decision to close all schools but not close classes or opportunities for their thousands of students. “This is a very confusing time for children and exceptionally challenging for families trying to maintain some sort of structure,” explains Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “We get hundreds of testimonials from students and their families to say that Razzamataz is the highlight of their week so we have thought long and hard about how we can keep our families and their communities safe and still deliver the service to children that they love.”
From after the Easter holiday, Razzamataz will be going online, until the Government gives the go-ahead to allow schools back. As well as the regular classes, there will be some special additional opportunities including fitness classes that parents can join in with too.
“As well as all of our existing classes, we will be supporting our friends in the performing arts industry by hosting several masterclasses with professional performers,” adds Denise. “We often have masterclasses in our schools and now it is even more important to reach out to provide opportunities for all the professional performers who are finding themselves in very difficult positions with so many shows being put on hold. We know our students find these workshops really inspiring and it’s wonderful way to bring the best of the West End musical theatre and commercial genres to our students.”
The first guest workshop was with Brian Costello from Headstrong who is a coach and motivational speaker. Brian has already worked with our students, Principals and staff across the network and he went LIVE on Facebook @RTSLtd to talk to our community about how to cope with isolation.
With many years of experience, Razzamataz is going to be utilising all of their contacts in the industry to maintain the standards for students across schools. “We need to reach out to our families and young people to protect their emotional and physical wellbeing,” adds Denise. “We believe that taking our classes online will give children some stability and allow them to continue to enjoy their performing arts. By participating in our online classes, they can maintain their close connections with their Razzamataz family, be physically active and be challenged mentally too.”
How will it work?
The classes will take place via Zoom and be kept very small so they can be as interactive as possible. There will be a small charge of just a few pounds a class to cover expenses. There will also be lots of free content, such as the coping with isolation session, offered to the wider community.
All current students within the Razzamataz network will have access to the huge resource of online content. This will also extend to the wider community because at 11am every day, Razzamataz will host a live event that all children can attend and perhaps try performing arts for the first time.
“We want to do our bit to help families get their children moving and inject a bit of happiness into everyone’s lives,” adds Denise. “It’s a horrible and scary time for everyone but we hope that we can bring a little joy, structure and fitness challenges in these difficult times. We want to get everyone moving, singing and just bring a little light relief and reach out to as many people as possible.”
What to expect
– Each student gets noticed in a virtual classroom – very small virtual class sizes (no more than 12 for 2 – 5yrs and no more than 15 for 6-18yrs) – Inspiring and highly experienced teachers – Enhanced learning – teachers have time to individualise and tailor their feedback, ensuring that each student understands, can get the help they need and can reach his or her potential in the virtual lesson. – Dedicated Q&A time throughout to ensure assessment of learning, individuals can connect closely with their teacher & peers and become confident and comfortable when it comes to sharing their ideas and perspectives – Share the Razz Online community – invite your friends who may not be a Razzamataz student to get involved – For parents / guardians ‘pay as you go’ with no monthly commitment or direct debits – Opportunity for 1:1 tutorials in singing, dance and drama
Hear from our Principals
As a network, we have been fully supporting our Principals throughout this difficult period. We thank them for their feedback and will continue to do all we can to maintain our wonderful network. We are currently creating a webinar for all of our Principals to attend to learn more about our online lessons and strategy for Term 3 and we will continue to support all of our schools to educate our students and provide parents with a much-needed service.
“Thank you Head Office. We are so grateful for everything you are doing,” Helen Bell, Principal of Razzamataz Sheffield.
“Thank you Head Office for the support and to all of the other franchisees for their support. Looking forward to the webinar,” Amanda Campbell, Principal Razzamataz Glasgow North and Paisley.
“Thanks to all at Head Office for working so hard and fast for solutions, you guys are amazing,” Amy Latchman, Principal Razzamataz Rickmansworth.
“Can I just say THANK YOU! I appreciate everything you, Charlotte and all at Head Office are doing to support us,” Kayleigh Redford, Principal Razzamataz Newcastle.
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Benefits of performing arts in early years
Benefits of performing arts in early years
The place of performing arts in early childhood has been firmly established. Participation creates an enjoyable activity as well as developmental achievements. But most importantly, at the Razzamataz Early Years classes, the focus is on inspiring imaginations to lead to an exciting world of possibilities.
Six key benefits of performing arts
Accelerate brain development
In the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, research has shown that music appears to accelerate brain development in young children.
Dance and movement both release the feel-good hormones, endorphins, which reduce stress and make us feel happier.
There have been numerous studies to show that music and dance lessons may reduce the risk of depression and increase self-esteem.
Develops the creative side of the brain
Drama in particular enhances both the communication and intelligence levels in students. Improvisation even in the very young, encourages self-expression and imagination.
A study has found that music in maths lessons can dramatically improve children’s ability in the subject. Using the basics of rhythm to teach fractions proved to be hugely successful resulting in significantly higher scores in maths tests compared to those who were taught in the traditional method.
Through performing arts, children are learning to take care of their bodies, respect friendships and set goals for themselves. In one study, 95% of teacher said that, as a result of dancing together, students’ abilities to cooperate and collaborate improved.
Razzamataz Early Years classes are divided into different age groups with activities that best inspire children at different stages of their lives. For the youngest children is Razz Tiny Tots, which is a class especially designed for babies (to they start walking) and their parent/carers. The other classes are Razz Tots for children walking to age three and Razz Minis for those age four to six.
Hear from our parents and grandparents
“Emma enjoys the room lighting, cuddly toys and the activities that are included in each session. Classes are divided into two blocks of learning time and play time that helps little ones to concentrate for a long as they can manage at their age, followed by fun play time with really nice toys,” Parent Kinga from Razzamataz Dumfries.
“It’s lovely to see how much Sophia has grown and developed in such a short space of time and to see how she interacts with the other children. There is a new theme in each block and it doesn’t take long for Sophia to remember the songs and actions that go with them, which she then likes to replicate at home,” Grandparent Sam from Razzamataz Dumfries.
A new challenge
This new hobby can inspire both child and parent to try something new as is the case at Razzamataz Early Years Tyrone & Fermanagh in Northern Ireland where they are learning Makaton sign language as Principal Tara McGuone explains: “We sometimes learn Makaton signs to help sing our favourite songs. It helps babies develop important communication and language skills and it’s also great for the grownups to have something fun to continue to do at home. Something they both learnt together.” Both student and parent have really enjoyed this activity as parent Nicola Loughran explains: “My wee Annabelle is now obsessed singing Old McDonald and doing the Makaton with her hands. It’s super cute.”
Could you be an Early Years Principal?
Razzamataz Early Years is part of the Dragons’Den backed franchise, which celebrates 20 years of business. The franchise is ideal for those who don’t want to take on the commitment of opening a full theatre school. Perhaps you are a parent wanting to work flexibly around your children or you could be someone who works part-time but is looking to work for yourself, the Razzamataz Early Years Franchise could be just the thing you are looking for.