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Hello, how can music help children develop in other areas of their learning?

Music: a confidence builder

...can get children moving

...can help build language

...helps with maths and literacy

...links to technology and all cultures a great stimulus for creativity

Would you like to help more children shine in their learning?

I'm sure that is a yes!  Music, being the universal language that it is, can appeal to so many children. As well as being enjoyed as a wonderful creative subject it is also a great learning tool. 

How can I help you use 'Music as a Learning Tool'?

I have created the 'Music and the 7 Areas of Learning' online training course that takes you through all 7 areas of learning with tricks and tips on how you can use music activities to help more children shine in their learning. 

communication.jpgCommunication and Language

Physical.jpgPhysical Development

Personal and social.jpgPersonal, Social and Emotional Development



world.jpgUnderstanding the World

expressive.jpgExpressive Arts and Design

It includes years of tried and tested ideas to save you wasting your time, energy and money researching and then trying things that may or may not work. 

Giving you great value for money with step-by-step help that is for anyone who works with children from ~2 to 5 years.

Your training will take place on this secure website with your own private login. Where you will be able to complete the online training on a device and a place that suits you: be that a smart phone, tablet or computer in a comfy arm chair or at a desk. 

PLUS as you would if you attended in-person training, you will be able to ask me any questions in the supportive Facebook group.

Can music really help?

I have seen first-hand how music has helped children, for example: a non verbal child respond by making an improvised vocal sound with the stimuli of a rhyme and teddy; a child who speaks very little English say the repetitive rhythmic line in the rhyme 'Banana, banana';  a shy child become a showperson, who has so much musical talent, when singing and clapping at the same time as friends; an autistic child stop crying and start smiling and dancing to music. 

Music has such power and is a wonderful tool to use within the early years and beyond!

Does my training help?

Yes! Here are some comments from those who have completed the 'Music and the 7 Areas of Learning' online training:

  • Musical abc

    “New songs and rhymes. So many ideas! Chrome music lab Boomwhackers I am a childminder and use music and rhyme continuously through the day especially when walking with the children on school runs etc. I have already tried some of your ideas with the children and they have loved them. Thank you very much.”

  • Musical abc

    “It was very informative, well structured and helpfull training. I am happy that I took it and cannot wait to start doing some of the activities I learned from it. In general I do most of these activities but now I hope it will be better with more understanding of the possible impact of them over children development.”

    The Chapel nursery

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed this music training. The links and short songs have been very helpful, especially with the letter and sounds group time.”

  • Musical abc

    “This training has again shown me how important music is in the Early Years, it is a vital part of learning and development. I will be using so much from this course, I can't wait to try some of the songs with my nursery class.”

    Stanborough Nursery

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed the fact that it was short videos and it was full of great ideas , some new but some just to refresh your memory.”

    Jumping Beans Preschool

  • Musical abc

    “Whilst I already do incorporate a lot of these methods in to daily routines, music times and activities, it has been really useful to have further ideas, thoughts, songs and resources that I’m less familiar with added. Also helpful in knowing that what I’m doing covers so many different aspects to learning. It has been nice to have my own ideas reinforced.”

  • Musical abc

    “Lots of useful music, song and movement ideas that can be added to everyday activities.”

    Bournemouth Early years.

  • Musical abc

    “I liked the links to some of the music on YouTube! Very inspiring!”

  • Musical abc

    “I really enjoyed finding out how to include music in maths, and through stories- steady beats and singing elements. Also receiving a lot of info on different music to listen to with the children. I shall definitely be buying a friendship ring, and have already implemented a better structure to exploring different musical instruments - really helping me plan my phase 1 phonics. Great ideas! Thank you!”

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed the course it made me think how to incorporate singing in my setting and using different instruments.”


  • Musical abc

    “I really enjoyed the course it has given me a lot of ideas to incorporate in my setting with singing and instruments.”


  • Musical abc

    “I found this training really useful and gave me a lot of new ideas on all different types of music.”

    Station House Nursery

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed finding out the different ways different kinds of music can be used such as the bouncing ball song etc. Instead of just using nursery rhymes”

  • Musical abc

    “Being extremely keen on introducing more music into early years, this programme gave me new ideas and also ideas on how to adapt some existing practices”

  • Musical abc

    “The training was very informative and interesting and has given me lots of great ideas.”

  • Musical abc

    “In response to: what did you enjoy/like/find useful about the training?
    All of it, how to adapt what we do know and how to incorporate for the 7 areas”

    Heckington Pre-school

  • Musical abc

    “I found the training to be very informative enjoyable and it give me a good reflection on how I could incorporate music into the seven areas of learning. As a leader of a pre-school I will gladly share all the ideas with my work colleagues. We are a high/Scope group and two staff members play the guitar and tin whistlew. Music plays a big part in our daily routine and this training will enhance our music activities even more.”

    Lavey Early Years Leader

  • Musical abc

    “I found the videos really easy to follow and super informative! All of the activities and strategies are really useful and have helped me to understand how to link music into each area of learning.”

  • Musical abc

    “I particularly enjoyed the relaxed approach and how well the links to the 7 areas were explained. I found the links very helpful too.”

    ADO Mini Explorers

  • Musical abc

    “This training course gave me a greater understanding of how I can link music throughout daily routines as well as within other areas of the curriculum.”

    Grand-y-care Academy

  • Musical abc

    “I found really useful the different ideas and ways how to implement the music in ALL areas of learning. I especially enjoyed the CLL part and EAD.”

  • Musical abc

    “I liked that there has been no time constraints and I have been able to do it when I have had the time. All slides and handouts very useful. Good introductions to different areas and Anne has a wealth of knowledge and gives good examples to follow up activities. I can see this working well with the age group of children I work with (3-5). I look forward to using this module to help reflect and enhance my practise and to use Music as a learning tool and to have fun exploring music through play.”


  • Musical abc

    “I particularly liked how you broke learning into chunks so that I could pick it up and/or revisit at any time. Great videos and lots of ideas thanks. Great way to increase my knowledge and expertise during Lockdown”

  • Musical abc

    “In response to, what did you enjoy/like/find useful... about the training?
    I found the ways that it linked to the various sections of the EYFS most useful. It helped me to focus”

  • Musical abc

    “I really enjoyed doing the training. How you shared ideas and show videos of the music that you have recommended. I like also how you split the training into different modules and have links to other resources.”

  • Musical abc

    “I really enjoyed the course. It was well strutured, easy to use and interesting. The things I found particularly useful were: introducing new activties and songs to use. Structuring a music time session, using different types of music with the children.”

  • Musical abc

    “I liked that I was able to work through the course at my own pace, listening & watching videos rather reading the information & it was useful to go back & revisit the different areas if I wanted to. I was able to look at my own setting & reflect at what I do at the present & take in new ideas to make music time more stimulating for the children in all the areas of development.”

    Woodside Avenue Pre-school

  • Musical abc

    “It was interesting the types of music you can use and the rhythms of dance you could include for children”

  • Musical abc

    “*Learning new ways to support and promote interests in music,
    *New sensory ideas,
    *New actions and songs In had not heard before this course,
    *Ways to incorporate all senses,
    *New and engaging actions/ activities.”

  • Musical abc

    “It gave me alternative ideas on how to deliver music into my setting. These ideas were thoroughly covered through each area.”

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed every aspect of the training. The activities are fantastic and as i also purchased the Early Years Music Ideas it has given me lots of extra activities to incorporate in to my music sessions with the children. I especially like how it was broken down in to sections such as voice, body percussion etc and has made me reflect on my own practice in my setting when it comes to music. Thank you!”

    Grimethorpe Family Centre

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed completing the course online it has been easy to access and I'm able to re-look at areas at my own leisure to build on my practice within the setting!

    The course provided the perfect amount of content and Anne's video has developed my musical understanding.”

    Seymour Hill Preschool

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed learning different ideas and ways to incorporate music and to assist with the 7 areas of learning. I liked the listening and understanding where child listen to music or an instrument and know what is expected, I think this is something I will use in my practice.”

    Scribblers Day Nursery

  • Musical abc

    “It was all very good, and wow so much information in this training and has opened my eyes to a new way of thinking about Music and how I can use it in my setting. thank you very much.”

    registered child minder.

  • Musical abc

    “I find it all very insightful, very little music takes place in my setting apart from 5 minute song time singing nursery rhymes daily and a small range of musical instruments available for the children to access as and when they require.

    I will be adding a lot, structure, routine, interactive singing time, all of it, it was fantastic”

    Childcare Worker for Clearly Kids (Clear Day Nurseries)

  • Musical abc

    “I loved that you put up lots of videos, links related to the topics.I found them very helpful.The whole training was easy to understand and enjoyable. Thank you”

  • Musical abc

    “I really enjoyed learning how to make music fun through a wide range of songs and ideas of how to link them with different areas of learning. Confidence is an issue for me but I feel after completing this course I will benefit greatly so thank you.”

  • Musical abc

    “thank you very much for this course I learned new ideas and even new instruments to put in songs/rhymes and circle time.
    i'll be keeping this up in the activities .”

  • Musical abc

    “This had useful activity ideas to link music to for different age groups of children. Throughly enjoyed this.”

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed being able to work through it at my own pace.
    It is really easy to understand and made me realise all the missed opportunities to bring music to my setting.”

    Action for Children

  • Musical abc

    “Fantastic training. I've come away with a lot to bring into/ways to enhance current music sessions and new ideas for rhymes/movement and instrument exploration. Anne was very thorough in how she explained the links to the 7 areas of learning and her passion shows. Interesting references in the importance of remembering how the child is the centre of their learning too. Many thanks!”

    Pre school Leader

  • Musical abc

    “This was a very useful course and I will recommend it to other practitioners. I did not realise how you can bring music into the seven areas of learning.”

    West Cliff School Whitby

  • Musical abc

    “Thank you. I have lots of news ideas and songs to use with the children. I particularly liked the idea of having a roll of paper out for the children to draw on whilst music was playing and to see the outcome. I am enthusiastic to make some more props to go along with our music time and explore different types of music with the children.”

  • Musical abc

    “I feel I will now have a more confident approach to incorporating music into all areas of our routine, and have definitely gained a better understanding of what to expect from the different age groups of children, and progression over the three terms. I loved the body percussion section within physical development, and am really excited to extend our music sessions within the new school year.”

    Happy Tots Playgroup

  • Musical abc

    “The training was very helpful for me I work with children aged 0-5yrs.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the module on Around the world and Expressive arts.”

    Childcare leader at First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon.

  • Musical abc

    “I was struggling with the musical side of learning, due to lack in confidence more than anything, some really good ideas on this which I feel could be easily incorporated into our week.”

    Dromore Community Playgroup

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed learning al about music and how it can be used throughout the day to enhance learning. This course has highlighted the importance of learning through music.”

    Hollypark private day nursery

  • Musical abc

    “The breakdown of how to fit music into each of the 7 areas was great and the introduction to lots of new musical ideas to promote learning were also very useful.”

    Nursery Teacher, St. Swithun's school in Kennington, Oxford

  • Musical abc

    “I enjoyed taking part in this training as it has allowed me to now look at music differently as well as use it in across all areas of the curriculum. I enjoyed learning new activities in which I can do with my children that I know they will thoroughly enjoy. I liked the resources that you used throughout and will purchase some of them for the setting.”

  • Musical abc

    “The communication and Language as I work with 2 years old's who's communication skills are currently limited.
    I also loved the friendship ring and the copy me song, i will be making one over the weekend. I will also be adding the painting the wellies idea and moving to the sound of the music, as my little ones love dance and paint.”

    Choppington Primary School

  • Musical abc

    “I found this course encouraging and informative. Although I have been taking music sessions for 17 years it’s been great to see different ideas that I can use to extend and develop what I am already doing . I do use a lot of Classical Music in my sessions but I really enjoyed the ideas you gave of more modern / current music , Car wash /Robots. I inherited some Boomwhackers and was so pleased on ideas on how to use these better in my music sessions. Also I do ICT with the children so I really found your section on Chrome Experiment and Garage Band interesting and will definitely try these
    Thank you”

    Reception Class

  • Musical abc

    “In response to, what did you enjoy/like/find useful about the training?
    Getting new ideas for songs and movements”

    Little oaks pre-school

  • Musical abc

    “I found the links to different music really helpful so that i can build up a bank of different genres and also specific ones for activities. The chrome music lab resources /tutorials were fab and I’m looking forward to exploring these further and sharing them with my team. I also found useful the activity ideas on musical patterns, this is something new to me! Thank you :-)”

  • Musical abc

    “It has been great doing this course and how i can use it in the 7 areas of learning. I will introduce more painting or mark making to music, and i would like my setting to get a friendship ring as i think the children will enjoy using it and engage in the activity too.”

    Tiddlywinks Nursery

  • Musical abc

    “Hi and thank you i found this really helpful, i wouldnt have thought of putting music to so many things as i work in early years and you've given me some great ideas.”

    water street school

  • Musical abc

    “I really enjoyed watching the videos and listening to your suggestions of how to use the music activities to cover the 7 areas of learning. Very thought provoking.”

  • Facebook Music & the 7 Areas of Learning Music and the 7 Areas of Learning

    Access for as Long as You Need to Complete the Music and the 7 Areas of Learning online training 

    For those who work with children from 2 to 5 years.
    Covering all 7 areas of learning:

    1. Communication and Language
    2. Physical Development
    3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    4. Literacy
    5. Mathematics
    6. Understanding the World
    7. Expressive Arts and Design 

    Music and the 7 Areas of Learning Online Training has 9 Bitesize Modules.  Each takes you step-by-step through how to include more music in your early years setting.

    By the end of the training course, you will have the knowledge to deliver music activities that can help children in the 7 areas of learning!

    (If you are a resident of the UK then no VAT will be added on.  If you reside within the EU the applicable VAT will be added on.)

    “Very helpful with fantastic ideas to expand my knowledge of enhancing music in the early years. Excellent course and easy to understand”

  • Musical abc

    “I like the way you walk us through the activities with a clear check list so we know where we are and what we will do next. I found it very helpful. Sometimes you can complete a training course and know you will never be able use it effectively in your setting, but I'm very confident what I've learned on this course about songs and music will be really beneficial to our setting once all the children have come back after this Covid -19 lockdown. Thank you.”

    Busy-Bodies Preschool

  • Musical abc

    “I found the course very thorough teaching how you can incorporate music into the 7 areas of learning in the early years curriculum. I liked how each area provided useable ideas for songs and rhymes, body percussion, instrument and listening activities many of which I will use in my teaching. All the links to resources and music were very useful (and I'm going to look into buying some Boomwhackers for our school!)”

    Boundary Primary School, Blackpool

  • Musical abc

    “This training has been so beneficial to the group of children in my setting. We began with cleaning our cars to Carwash, then riding our bicycles to Queens, Bicycle Race. This is their favourite, and they are asking daily to go and Dance and can they do the bicycle race! We also become butterflies and fly around to Dolly Partons, Love is like a butterfly. There are more to come, which I know they will love. We are incorporating body percussion and lots of props. And the children look forward to the "Music Session". Thank you so much for helping me build my confidence in this area, I enjoy it as much as the children!”

    Early Years Provider, Playgroup Assistant

  • Musical abc

    “It was so lovely to be in a day and think about how we can improve our children from transitioning in onwards. It reminded me of how we need to slow things down, ensure we are using creativity with music, movement and expression.”

    SEND Teaching Assistant

  • Musical abc

    “I really enjoyed the training as this training gave me lots of strategies on how to teach music in the early years in fun and meaningful ways.
    I am not a music teacher, but I have to teach music. And this training built my confidence to teach music.”

    Canggu Community School

  • Musical abc

    “So much practical support, support with planning, ideas for songs….fantastic”

  • Musical abc

    “What I like about the training is that there are so many ways to approach it and to learn from it.
    It's a very useful insight and very knowledgeable indeed. I will definitely go back to further understand and learn these tools.”

    International College of Hong Kong Kindergarten&Primary

Music and the 7 Areas of Learning Online Training has 9 Bitesize Modules.  Each takes you step-by-step through how to include more music in your early years setting.

The Training Includes:

Module 1: Introduction


  • Where are you now?
  • Worries and concerns about being musical
  • Why is music such a great learning tool?
  • How can you approach music activities?
  • Music and the 7 Areas


  • Mixture of 7 bitesize face to camera and slide videos; a total of 40 minutes of video.
  • Workbook to download
  • Where are you now? booklet to download
  • Module checklist to download

Module 1 Outcome

You will reflect on your current practice and how you can enhance your musical activities.

Module 2: Communication and Language


  • Verbal Communication
  • Non-verbal Communication
  • Listening and Understanding


  • Mixture of 23 bitesize face to camera and slide videos; a total of 1 hour and 10 minutes of video.
  • Workbook to download
  • Module checklist to download

Module 2 Outcome

You will be able to select music activities that will help children with communication and language.

Module 3: Physical Development


  • Gross Motor Control 
  • Fine Motor Control
  • Cross Over between Gross and Fine Motor Control


  • Mixture of 15 bitesize face to camera and slide videos; a total of 44 minutes of video.
  • Workbook to download
  • Module checklist to download

Module 3 Outcome

You will be able to select music activities that will help children with their physical development.

Module 4: Personal, Social and Emotional Development


  • Self Confidence and Self Awareness
  • Feelings and Behaviour
  • Friends


  • Mixture of 10 bitesize face to camera and slide videos; a total of 28 minutes of video.
  • Workbook to download
  • Module checklist to download

Module 4 Outcome

You will be able to select music activities that will help children with their Personal, Social and Emotional development.

Module 5: Literacy


  1. Rhyme, Alliteration, Onomatopoeias, Rhythm, Phrasing
  2. Books
  3. Mark Making


  • Mixture of 12 bitesize face to camera and slide videos; a total of 42 minutes of video.
  • Workbook to download
  • Module checklist to download

Module 5 Outcome

You will be able to select music activities that will help children with their Literacy.

Module 6: Mathematics


  • Number
  • Patterns
  • Shapes and Space


  • Mixture of 9 bitesize face to camera and slide videos; a total of 35 minutes of video.
  • Workbook to download
  • Module checklist to download

Module 6 Outcome

You will be able to select music activities that will help children with their Mathematics.

Module 7: Understanding of the World


  • Celebrations and Traditions
  • Music from around the World
  • Music from home
  • Sound
  • Technology


  • Mixture of 40 bitesize face to camera and slide videos; a total of 1 hour and 39 minutes of video.
  • Workbook to download
  • Module checklist to download

Module 7 Outcome

You will be able to select music activities that will help children with their Understanding of the World.

Module 8: Expressive Arts and Design


  • Movement/Dance
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Constructing and Designing


  • Mixture of 9 bitesize face to camera and slide videos; a total of 29 minutes of video.
  • Workbook to download
  • Module checklist to download

Module 8 Outcome

You will be able to select music activities that will help children with their Expressive Arts and Design.

Module 9: Bringing it Together


  • Reflecting
  • Music throughout the day
  • Music Time
  • Individual Exploration


  • Mixture of 12 bitesize face to camera and slide videos; a total of 1 hour and 14 minutes of video.
  • Workbook to download
  • Module checklist to download

Module 9 Outcome

You will be able to identify when, where and what music activities are suitable for the children in your early years setting.

PLUS you get…

Completion Certificate

The Option to sign up for:

1 Month's FREE Subscription to a selection of Music Activity Ideas for ~2 to 5 yrs on Early Years Music Ideas on the order form

After the first FREE month, the subscription will be £9.75 a month; there’s no contract, the subscription can be cancelled at any time.

This is an optional extra that you can choose to sign up for or not

By the end of the training course, you will have the knowledge to deliver music activities that can help children in the 7 areas of learning!

Music and 7 areas testi  I enjoyed every aspect of the training

How does the training course work?

ONLY available to join in 2024 until Monday the 13th of May!


The training is delivered online via a website. On signing up you will be given your own login details so that you can access the training whenever and wherever you want, 24 hours a day. 

The training is delivered through videos, workbooks and checklists.  

On signing up you will gain access to 'Module 1: Introduction'.  The remaining modules will be released each Monday until all 9 modules have been released. 

There is also be a Facebook group just for the training course; a place where you can share your musical successes and frustrations in a safe non-judgemental environment. 

Sounds great, how do I start?

Select the payment option from below

Snippet from Module 1 Introduction.

Snippet from Module 2: Communication and Language

Here’s a little about me and how I can help you

I’m Anne, a musician, composer, teacher, trainer and mum!music in the eyfs with anne (1).jpg

I started teaching music to the under 5s in 1998 as a qualified primary teacher and was also the school Music Co-ordinator.  After a break from teaching, to look after my own little people, I setup Musical abc in 2008 to teach music to the under 5s: classes for babies, toddlers and preschools.

I have worked with many children and have gained and developed fun ways to help children explore music. Through this course I will be sharing my knowledge and experience of how music activities can help children in all areas of learning.

I look forward to helping you bring the joy of music to the children in your care.


Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions people most frequently ask us:

How do I access the training?

Very easily! As long as you have access to the internet on a device (phone, tablet or computer) you can access the training. All the training is done on a secure website. On signing up you will be allocated a username and password. 
Then, click on the link for the secure website, enter your login and password that’s it you can start your training! Super easy!

I'm worried about entering my payment details online, how do I know it is safe?

My website is secure as can be seen by the padlock symbol in the address bar: Screen Shot 2018-02-01 at 13.13.26.png

All payments are done securely through Stripe; your payment details are never disclosed.

Can I share the training with colleagues?

Each training place purchased is for an individual to watch and work through.

That person CANNOT share their login details and the training material in electronic or printed format: e.g. videos, workbooks, checklists.


Can I do the training if I run an under 5s children’s business?

Yes, the training and activity ideas you are free to use to teach young children. However, they are for your own use ONLY.   THEY CANNOT BE USED FOR YOU TO TRAIN OTHERS FOR FINANCIAL GAIN OR BE ADDED TO A FRANCHISE CURRICULUM.

If I change my mind after purchase, can I get a refund?

This is a digital product and is delivered immediately after purchase and therefore under UK law doesn't fall under the 14 day 'cooling off' period.  This means that you won't get a refund 

Will the training show demonstrations with groups of children?

Sorry no, for child protection reasons this is not possible.

Legal Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to accurately represent our products and their potential. The testimonials and examples used are exceptional results, don’t apply to the average purchaser and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her background, dedication, desire and motivation.