Six months as a trainee facilitator with community music organisation Play It, over 15 years ago, was the start of my interest in music for young children. Since then I’ve co-developed, managed and evaluated a number of early years music projects and supported music activities for young children in a range of settings including children’s centres, day nurseries, pre-school playgroups and family groups in community venues. In some settings, my work has focused on supporting children with speech and language delay.
In 2014, I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Evaluation Studies with a research project exploring data collection tools for documenting children’s learning and progression in early years group music making. I spent a year immersed in research into early childhood music making which has influenced and informed my work.
I offer professional development for early years practitioners on a number of topics:
- The benefits of music making in early childhood – an overview of the research evidence.
- Using instruments with large groups, small groups and one-to-one.
- Expanding repertoire – learning new songs and games.
- Using visual and tactile stimuli in music making – lycra, scarves, scrunchies, puppets and props.
Although working directly with children is now a small part of my working week due to the amount of evaluation and consultancy work I do, I regularly take part in professional development.