On Tuesday 27 November, NYMAZ held its second Song Share session at The Green Lane Centre in Whitby - an event for anyone working with the early years and a passion for incorporating music!
It was another great event, where those who attended met others working in similar contexts in their area, share ideas and practice, learn new material and be inspired by Dr Jane Todd from Do-Re-Mi Nurseries who delivered an informative and engaging session on the use of music in the development of Communication and Language.
- 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.
Dr Jane Todd then jumped straight in to giving an inspiring insight into incorporating music into early years language and communication development, sharing some techniques, rhymes and songs for attendees to take away.
Following Jane’s research, 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. Jane was able to share ideas on what aspects of musical development to look out for in young children, sharing key tips on how to scaffold these skills for little ones to build upon! The power-point slides and useful song clips will all be made available on the Network pages soon!
Following this Millie Raw Mackenzie – NYMAZ Programme and Networks Manager, helped facilitate the group discussions by 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 will be adding to our expanding resource and sharing on the Network Pages soon!
The group shared and modelled some of their own songs and games exploring how to extend these ideas and showed how truly adaptable and fun music-making is. Ideas included how to extend songs and musical play, creating rounds, developing child-led music-making and their favourite resources.
NYMAZ shared their Early Years resource boxes, asking practitioners to share a song/activity they would/could do with the contents. What ensued was a fantastic array of play and songs, providing a great opportunity for practitioners to explore what resources are available for network members and also to see how they can use their own resources in new exciting ways!
(To read more about our resource toolkits click here…)
We look forward to continuing the singing and sharing as the session left attendees brimming with new ideas of how to engage with their participants and families further, as well as some new networking links!
‘Brilliant and informative’
‘really good to share songs’
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!
The next song share will be taking place in Skipton with the fantastic Sally-Anne Brown from MiniMinims Music Services, for more information click here…