25 Sep 2018

A Singing Success!

On Thursday 13 September, NYMAZ held a Song Share session at Rural Arts in Thirsk, an event for anyone working with the early years and a passion for incorporating music!

It was a brilliant event, where those who attended were able to meet others working in similar contexts, share ideas and practice, learn new material and be inspired as Rebecca Denniff delivered a session on early years songs.


‘Great Stuff, excellent session thank you’

- Song Share participant

NYMAZ Director Sarah McWatt opened the Song Share session by welcoming Network members, teachers, practitioners and new faces to the NYMAZ Early Years Song Share.

Millie Raw Mackenzie – NYMAZ Programme and Networks Manager, kick-started the group discussions introducing some thought-provoking topics, encouraging participants to share practice and resource ideas. The group came up with some brilliant recommended reads, views, songs, webinar topics and training opportunities which we look forward to sharing on our Early Years Music Network members page soon!

Songshare circle

Rebecca Denniff then led an inspiring and interactive session incorporating early years songs for attendees to take away.
Following Rebecca’s model of an early years session, the group discussed how to make Early Years music-making a central part of every-day practice. This included how songs can be easily adapted and integrated into sessions at nurseries, schools and other settings, and Rebecca was able to share ideas on what aspects of musical development to look out for in young children.

songshare scary

The group then shared and modelled some of their own songs and games showing how music can make a fantastically fun and interactive session with the simplest of ideas. Ideas included how to extend songs and musical play, developing child-led music-making and their favourite resources; it is safe to say everyone now wants a scrunchie for work!

We look forward to continuing the singing and sharing as the session left attendees brimming with new ideas of how to engage with their communities further, as well as some new networking links!

‘Thank you – really useful training, welcome any further opportunities!’

‘Brilliant session from Rebecca!’

‘Wish there was even more time to share songs and ideas’

For more information on upcoming events, and to join our community of Early years practitioners click here to become a member of our Network today!


  back to news listings