19 Jan 2022

Welcome to Early Years Month

Happy new year! We wanted to kick off 2022 in style, so for the next month here at NYMAZ we’ll be celebrating all things Early Years.

Between now and 19 February, you can look forward to guest blogs, new resources and fresh content every week, all to help you start 2022 with a spring in your step and music ringing in your ears.

We want to use the next month to focus on how music in an early years setting can be vibrant, meaningful and fun. We will bring you stories of what works well, and new resources to use in your work.

Every Wednesday we’ll be hosting a new blog post on our website, and we’ll email you with a focus on a different resource.

Over the course of the month we’ll be bringing you news of our new songbook, Music Makers, as well as a new 5-part digital resource produced in collaboration with Orchestras Live, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, South Asian Arts-uk (SAA-uk) and UCan Play, which we hope will make a big splash. (OK, no more spoilers.)

NYMAZ Director, Sarah McWatt, said:

“The NYMAZ team is thrilled to be spotlighting some wonderful early years projects and resources as we start a new year of activity. We believe it’s never too early for children to begin their musical journey, and the benefits in developing communication, movement and social skills (amongst many others!) at such a crucial stage of learning are well documented. The early years offers we are launching will appeal to children, parents and carers, and practitioners, so stay tuned for our weekly updates for more information!”

We’ll also bring you a special focus on Five A Day, the wonderful free resource showing you what a difference just five minutes of singing each day can make to children’s lives. We’d love to see every child have the opportunity to sing every day, and to ensure every child gets a music education.

So there’s a lot to look forward to, and get your diaries ready because there will be news of a tour too!

Don’t forget – if you work in an Early Years setting, or if you’re just interested in keeping up to date with our work in music for under-5s, join our Early Years Network today.

Feedback on our previous Early Years work:

“I have increased the amount of spontaneous, child led content and creativity with extremely positive and rewarding results because of this session.”

“It’s so wonderful being part of this community - something that before we didn’t have the time or technical ability to do. Hugely inspiring.”

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