What Do We Do?
Learn2soar Music provides fantastic songs, plays and musical resources for use with children aged 2 to 11+. Based in Stockport, in the North-West of England, we supply schools, churches and children's groups in over 70 countries worldwide. We provide songs, plays and musicals for Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Harvest, Thanksgiving, Leavers (Graduation) ceremonies, general children's song collections and school assembly resources.
Who Are We?
Learn2soar Music was founded by husband and wife team, Stuart and Rachel Ross in 2003.
Stuart, a former school music advisor, still oversees the day-to-day running of Learn2soar Music, serving as its managing director. Stuart has written or co-written every title produced by Learn2soar Music. He plays a wide variety of instruments including guitar, piano and drums and has written and published hundreds of children's songs.
Rachel is also a company director but plays less of a day-to-day role now due to her very busy job as a primary school Headteacher. She has co-written several songs/ musicals and is very accomplished on the flute. Stuart & Rachel have three children:
The eldest, Corinne, also plays a significant role in Learn2soar Music. She is currently in her final year of a degree course studying theology and performing arts, but still finds the time to help look after Learn2soar's social media. Corinne is a fantastic pianist and has co-written a number of Learn2soar musicals, as well as having sung on several Learn2soar titles during her younger years.
That is also the case for Corinne's younger brother Jamie who plays drums and guitar. He is currently also studying a theology course at college. Jamie also sung on a few titles as a child, also co-wrote one musical and still helps in the day-to-day running of the Learn2soar office.
Stuart & Rachel's youngest child Harry is nearly 2 years old, so he's a bit young to have a role yet, though Stuart is working on it!
Learn2soar Music has a number of other regular employees/contributors, but special mention has to go to Stuart's mother Annette, a retired teacher with over 40 years' experience, who has co-written several scripts, as well as editing and advising on every title we've ever produced.
So, as you can see, Learn2soar Music is very much a family run business, and even those employees who aren't direct family members are still made to feel very much a part of the Learn2soar family.
How Did It All Begin?
Here is an interview with Stuart Ross, from 2013:
“When I think back to the summer of 2003 and what little we started Learn2soar with, it’s a miracle that we have grown so much. My secondment as a music advisor had come to an end and I had a choice to either go back to my old job of being a primary school teacher (which I loved doing) or starting a new business producing music for schools. The business idea won, and the rest is history… well sort of.
It’s a miracle we got through those first few years. At that time my wife was between jobs herself and we had 2 young children. We put the mortgage on hold, tightened our belts, prayed a lot and just scraped by! Only having five titles on sale at the time didn’t help and it was only by providing a high volume of school workshops, along with a grant from the Arts Council, which helped us to live from day-to-day.
As I was gradually able to produce more and more titles each year, the sales grew and the real turning point came in 2007 when I produced… ‘C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Spells Christmas For Juniors’.
… The glowing feedback from schools was like nothing we’d ever seen before. It was simply overwhelming and then the icing on the cake was when the BBC broadcast a large section of it over the Christmas holidays. The following year, sales went through the roof and have been growing steadily ever since. One thing we’re particularly proud of is that we’ve never used a bank loan or overdraft. We only ever spend what we take in, never go into debt and give regularly to charity. It’s not the way most businesses work, but it’s really worked well for us!
We estimate that we’ve now supplied music to around 40% of the UK and Ireland’s schools and we regularly sell to customers in about 70 countries around the world. Hopefully over the next 10 years we can see Learn2soar… soar even higher! To all our customers, friends, family, supporters, helpers… thank you so much for all your love, support and encouragement."
Why Are You Called Learn2soar?
Two reasons: Firstly, our advertising slogan (which is also our mission statement) sums it up succinctly:
'Learn2soar Music: Helping Children Soar To New Heights Of Musical Excellence!'
This means that in all our productions, songs and musicals, we aim to provide quality, easy-to-use resources, which enable teachers to encourage their children to soar as high as they can in their musical and performance abilities.
And secondly, the word Learn2soar is also loosely based on one of Stuart and Rachel's favourite Bible verses. Isaiah 40:31 says: "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." (New Living Translation)
If there is anything else you want to know about Learn2soar Music, please feel free to contact us at any time. We're nice, friendly people (honestly) who always enjoy a chat. Thank you for your interest in Learn2soar Music.