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Meet the core LEYMN Members

Anita Strevens

Anita Strevens

I am a professional cellist, and trained in Dalcroze Eurhythmics when my children were little. It was the obvious age group to work with when I started teaching, although I have never specialised just in Early Years. I love the spontaneity and the huge potential under-5s have. I love coaxing their personalities and encouraging freedom of movement.

What’s the one thing about working with the under-5s that gets you out of bed in the morning?
“Their enthusiasm for life.”

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Caroline Morris

Caroline Morris

After training as a secondary music teacher and working with all age ranges in schools and music services, I fell into Early Years when I was offered a place as a research assistant at the University of Miami. The experience of working on a research project with babies and toddlers and seeing first-hand the effects of music on the children and families involved, changed the whole focus of my teaching and career. Since then I have been involved in building the Early Years department at Redbridge Music Service, securing Youth Music funding for a project in Schools and Childrens Centres, expanding our provision in schools and the community, and training teachers and Early Years practitioners in Redbridge and the surrounding area. I consider myself to be hugely privileged to be able to work with under 5s and their families and experience the positive impact music can have on their lives.

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Emma Hutchinson

Emma Hutchinson

My early years teaching and training evolved from study in music, dance and theatre. A career combining instrumental teaching with musical sessions uses instruments, movement and sound to provide families, young children and babies with rich and live musical experiences. As a trainer and and practitioner I reach educators and early childhood teams across the UK advocating the significance of musical learning as a foundation for life development and skills. The Music House for Children (established 1994) has a thriving early years team who reach numerous early childhood communities in London boroughs in a range of activities including musical storytelling in libraries, newborn attachment through music, musical immersion in nursery sites and drop-in music and dance. Our early childhood resources include Birdsong books and quality instruments designed for toddlers and young children to nurture vocalising, creative musical play and physical dexterity.

What’s the one thing about working with the under-5s that gets you out of bed in the morning?
“The love of what I do gets me up in the morning.”

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Jane Parker

Jane Parker

I am an Early Years Music Specialist who firmly believes that everyone can contribute musically to a child’s life, using music as a natural way of embracing all areas of development and well being. As a forward thinking practitioner, I not only consider what is best practice, but rather look towards ‘next’ practice. Currently I am completing an MA in Early Years Music Education. My passion is to act as a bridge between academic research in early years music education and the practitioners on the ground. Alongside this I run sessions working with musicians, Early Years practitioners and families at an array of settings and children’s centres. I very much enjoy leading workshops that help early years practitioners develop self reflection and self efficacy to develop and expand the musical experiences of young children.

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John Webb

John Webb

I became involved in early years music-making by accident. I was lecturing at Birmingham Conservatoire when a friend, who was working at the Stables Theatre in Milton Keynes, started up an early years project there and asked me to lead. I’m interested in children’s incredible enthusiasm for learning and creativity, and the relationship between adult- and child-initiated music-making: how children take adult stimulus into their own play and develop it. There’s something in this which connects to how everyone (whatever age) learns: learners appropriate others’ materials and make them their own and in the process they dispense with the teacher.

What’s the one thing about working with the under-5s that gets you out of bed in the morning?
“It’s just so much fun.”

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Linda Bance

Linda Bance

I have been committed to music in early years since using music as a Nursery Nurse student many years ago. Being a musician and nursery nurse was quite unique and I have developed both areas throughout my career, landing firmly in the Music in the Early years sphere over the past 30 years. My work is based on research and reflective practice – listening to the child and their families.

What’s the one thing about working with the under-5s that gets you out of bed in the morning?
“The challenges of working with families, and the surprises and feel good factor when working musically.”

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Marjorie Ouvry

Marjorie Ouvry

My passion for the vital place of music, movement and singing in the lives and education of young children began in my Froebelian training and teaching of primary and nursery children in Scotland, and deepened as I went on to be a nursery nurse tutor, head teacher, lecturer, education researcher, and as I campaigned for high quality early years education. The books I have written, on outdoor play (‘Exercising Muscles and Minds’) and on appropriate ways to extend children’s own playful music making (‘Sounds like Playing’) helped to articulate my enthusiasm. Now as an independent Consultant in Early Years Education, I speak at conferences, and run workshops for EYFS practitioners. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance from Trinity College of Music.

What’s the one thing about working with the under-5s that gets you out of bed in the morning?
“I just can’t get over how fascinating under-5s are in how they think and learn – geniuses at work and play!”

 

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Nicola Burke

Nicola Burke

Whilst at University I delivered workshops in schools as part of my degree, which I really enjoyed, and this inspired me to work with young children. After graduating, I worked with a preschool music company delivering music sessions for parents and young children. Since then, I have been involved in many Early Years music-making projects in schools, nurseries, pre-schools and children’s centres. I use a variety of approaches to music-making with young children depending on the child(ren) and the environment that I am working in. I am currently studying for an MA in Early Childhood Music Studies which involves looking at a wide range of research, theories and approaches. I work in London, Birmingham and the South East.

What’s the one thing about working with the under-5s that gets you out of bed in the morning?
“The element of fun and spontaneity that is always present when working with young children.”

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Sue Nicholls

Sue Nicholls

I was a primary school music coordinator in many schools and then led ‘Music Makers’ sessions for 3-5 years olds when I took a career break to have my my own children. A & C Black accepted my proposal for ‘Bobby Shaftoe Clap Your Hands’ and other books, and INSET opportunities followed. I am interested in writing and creating materials to meet the musical needs of under-5s and learning how support practitioners develop musical skill and confidence.

What’s the one thing about working with the under-5s that gets you out of bed in the morning?
“Watching and listening to children’s spontaneity, curiosity and fascination with sound-making and vocalising.”

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Vanessa King

Vanessa King

My love of “little beings”, combined with my music degree from the Royal College of Music and becoming a Mum, meant working in Early Years was a very rewarding place to be. I work as the Early Years Animateur (workshop leader) for the education department of the London Symphony Orchestra, LSO Discovery. We work from a converted church in Old Street and in the surrounding nurseries, children’s centres and hospitals. In my 16 years of experience, I have found that it is best to have a varied and balanced approach to making music with the under 5s. I use aspects of the Dalcroze and Kodaly methods, but also folk music, nursery rhymes, classical music, world music and child-initiated music.

What’s the one thing about working with the under-5s that gets you out of bed in the morning?
“The fact that I can be part of their experience and share my knowledge with them.”

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Margareta Burrell

Margareta Burrell

I am a music educator and music therapist and have 30 years experience of working with early years children and their families. I am one of two artistic directors of Stepping Into Music, an accredited one-year course for early years music through movement at Christ Church College, Canterbury. I have a special interest in the overlap of music education and therapy, early communicative musicality and the impact of music and movement on child development. I have been an early years specialist at Thomas Coram Early Childhood Centre since 2000. I play the accordion and piano.

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Alison Blunt

Alison Blunt

Since studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire and Guildhall School of Music and Drama I’ve led a fulfilling and creative life working primarily in the surprisingly connected areas of experimental music and Early Years education. After postgraduate studies I took a job as Music Coordinator in a Hackney primary school and my learning curve went through the roof as I became fascinated and immersed in studying child development, teaching and learning philosophies and approaches, a wide range of music pedagogies and the National Curriculum. From my first day as MC I was fascinated by how Early Years children responded to music activities, it connected very strongly with my composing and performing work outside the community and education realm. And so after a few years as music coordinator in various schools, facilitating tailor-made class music support/ training programmes for the Music Service in Hackney and writing my own scheme of work, I decided to focus my energy on working with the 0-5 age group, their practitioners and families. Since that time I’ve devised and facilitated education, community and training programmes all over London, further afield in the UK and also in Europe. Taking a distinctly wide-ranging and multicultural approach to sharing materials and resources within sessions, I’ve been involved in devising and recording many music resources for families and practitioners. With a deep appreciation of movement’s innate musicality and having always loved a well-shared story, I find these two activities perfected suited to exploring music and general learning with Early Years children and their adults. Visit Alchemy Early Years >

What’s the one thing about working with the under-5s that gets you out of bed in the morning?
“Incredible power-packed creatures that they are, I find that they teach me all the important, wonderful things about what it means to be human!”

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Karen Eaves

Karen Eaves

After training as a primary teacher I proceeded to gain experience across the education spectrum, including a secondment with SSAT to mentor creative and media teachers, I became a member of the Mayoral steering group for music apprenticeships across London, I was Head of the British Academy of New Music, and then Business Development Manager at Access to Music. Taking a career break when I started my family enabled me to return to my initial love of early years.  I now work as an early years music specialist in London and Essex.  I run a mother and baby choir called Mama Sing, and a record label, Music For Baby, that creates high quality recorded music for early years, some of which has recently been used on CBeebies.  I am currently studying for my MA in Early Childhood Music, and am inspired every day by the creativity of the young children I work with.

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Dr Benjaman Schögler

Dr Benjaman Schögler

Dr Benjaman Schögler – is Creative Director at Skoogmusic Ltd and co-inventor of the Skoog. Ben was a core member of the NESTA ‘new musical instrument project’ and worked closely with Dr David Skulina, and Professor Nigel Osborne to develop the Skoog.  Still an active member of the research community, Ben now works in the more applied, ‘hands on’, field of educational technology. Creating fun new things at Skoogmusic, supporting new ways of engaging young people in making music, and promoting the benefits of active music making for all.

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