13 Nov 2014

NYMAZ Early Years Music Network Conference 2015

Why Should We Sing?

Saturday 7 February 2015, 9.30am - 3pm
Community House, Porthole Road, Selby YO8 4QQ.

£35 including lunch (£30 Network Members)


Come along on Saturday 7 February 2015, where we will be exploring the many and varied answers to the question: “Why should we sing?” and showing you that you can!

This all-day conference is for Early Years practitioners, Setting Managers, Childminders, Parents/Carers, and anybody who needs support to bring music into their setting, as well as those already leading music activities for babies and toddlers.


Keynote: Professor Colwyn Trevarthen is Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of Edinburgh, and an inspirational speaker on music, movement and the early years.

“I will illustrate the sensitivity of infants and young children to the vitality and emotion of the voice, and how they take joy in making and sharing musical stories in song, even recognising them from before birth. That is the core of what we call ‘communicative musicality’, and how it animates attachments and learning.”

Hugh Nankivell is a multi-skilled community musician and practitioner, who has composed hundreds of pieces of music in many different contexts, including with young children.

“We sing to communicate, we sing because it is fun, we sing because it is a part of the way we naturally express ourselves. Young children sing, run, play, dress up, make stories and do not understand that there is a divide between these different expressions of creativity. As adults playing and working with young children it is so important that we encourage as many modes of expression as we can, and singing most of all.”

Workshops include:

• Learn the basics of singing for (totally terrified) beginners, led by voice specialist Beth Allen;

• Pick up a varied song repertoire, with songs for all occasions, led by Mona Zeidan, Early Years and Family Learning Programme Leader at the Sage Gateshead and experienced EY practitioner;

• Create new songs and music with your early years children, led by Hugh Nankivell, community musician and composer;

• Q&A for curriculum queries, how does music fit in? Speak to Early Years Specialists from North Yorkshire County Council’s Education & Skills department about how singing and music-making supports the Early years Foundation Stage curriculum.

• Opportunities to sing together! Vocalist and experienced choir leader Rebecca Gross will lead group singing exercises to warm up our vocal chords, and there will be many other opportunities to sing throughout the day.


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