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Meet the LEYMN Apprentices

Alicja Bunio

Alicja Bunio

Alicja Bunio is an early years practitioner and a musician. Having experienced working in nursery settings and as a performer, she is now on a journey to connect the two worlds and find ways to provide music to young children. She has a keen interest in eurhythmics, music therapy and inclusion through music and is truly excited to have an opportunity to be part of the LEYMN apprenticeship programme.

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Joe Danks and David McKenny

Joe Danks and David McKenny

Pulse Arts CIC was formed in September 2015 by David McKenny and Joe Danks. We are professional musicians with a specialism in Music in Healthcare. We believe the offer of music to young patients, family members and staff can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, and also stimulate learning. We currently have programmes of work at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Evelina London and Broomfield Hospital. We work with young people from 0-18 years with a large proportion being under 5s. The LEYMN Apprenticeship is a great opportunity for us to broaden and develop our practice with early years, and explore the crossover between Music in Healthcare and Early Years methods.

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Jessie Grimes

Jessie Grimes

As well as being a busy freelance orchestral and chamber clarinetist, Jessie has always had a passion for music education in many different areas. She is currently a clarinet teacher at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and also an experienced workshop leader for Live Music Now where she has specialized in work with children with special needs, and people living with dementia. As an animateur Jessie has presented a BBC Ten Pieces programme live on television, and compered for many workshops and concert throughout the UK and Ireland. Having led various toddler music workshops in London, Jessie is very excited to expand her knowledge and experience in Early Years music making through the LEYMN Apprentice Programme.

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Benjamin Segal

Benjamin Segal

Benjamin Segal is a classically trained singer, having had the opportunity in recent years to share his passion for music and the arts with children whilst working in Australia as a teaching artist and workshop leader. He is committed to making a difference through the arts and is very excited to be a part of the LEYMN apprenticeship programme to continue developing his knowlegde and skills in early years music education.

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John Wallace

John Wallace

Assisting on projects with Spitalfields’ Music/LSO and being a trainee on Wigmore Hall’s ‘Music for Life’ programme ignited John’s passion for creative music workshop leading.  As well as being a busy bassoonist, he has designed and led many corporate and community events, however this is his first foray into early years music making! He is very excited to be given this fantastic opportunity by the Sound Connections LEYMN team.

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