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

Music:

...is a confidence builder

...can get children moving

...can help build language

...helps with maths and literacy

...links to technology and all cultures

...is 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

Literacy.jpgLiteracy

Maths.jpgMathematics

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 at a pace, on a device and a place that suits you: be that a smartphone, tablet or computer; in a comfy armchair or at a desk.  Also re-visit anything you want to go back over whenever you want. PLUS as you would if you attended in-person training, you will be able to ask me any questions in the training only 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 a 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

    “Lots of lovely ideas, and some new songs (which the nursery children love!) Thought provoking ideas about using different styles of music...I'll definitely be trying the Bjork song and Carwash, and also sourcing the train music...loved that!”

    Nursery practitioner.

  • 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.”

    Childminder

  • Musical abc

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

    Childminder

  • 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.”

    EARLY YEARS OFFICER BOWHOUSE ELC

  • 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

    “Thank you for a comprehensive and informative training course. I signed up in April but was home schooling my two daughters then worked full time teaching a Reception bubble for the second half of term, so have finally had the chance to sit down and work my way through!

    I teach music to Reception, Year One and Year Two but it was brilliant to focus on the EYFS as a stand-a-lone and I will take away lots of new ideas to incorporate into my planning. In particular I
    * plan to use more props and material including the friendship ring (if govt guidelines allow)
    * am going to use more ICT/technology
    * am going to focus even more on listening and responding activities (I loved the variety of listening activities)
    * am going to use books and stories as much as possible and incorporate spoken rhymes/patterns
    * am going try to do more activities outside too.
    * am hoping to encourage parents and carers to engage with the schools, particularly if they play an instrument, even if they have to video themselves
    * will definitely use the boomwhacker activities using them in conjunction with maths/ICT and composing which could make a lovely half term focus. In fact, I could extend this into Year One as you suggested with composition etc.

    It was really useful to re-visit lots of songs and think about different ways of teaching singing my classes next term (particularly given the govt guidelines regarding singing).
    I don't think I'll be able to run singing assembly this year (very sad) but there might be ways I can adapt this into the outdoors so it's really got me thinking! (Likewise the Nativity/end of term performances).

    Thank you so much, it was a wonderful course which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

  • 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

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

The Training Includes:

Module 1: Introduction

Sections:

  • 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

Includes:

  • 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

Sections:

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

Includes:

  • 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

Sections:

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

Includes:

  • 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

Sections:

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

Includes:

  • 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

Sections:

  • Rhyme, Alliteration, Onomatopeias, Rhythm, Phrasing
  • Books
  • Mark Making

Includes:

  • 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

Sections:

  • Number
  • Patterns
  • Shapes and Space

Includes:

  • 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

Sections

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

Includes:

  • 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

Sections:

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

Includes:

  • 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

Sections:

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

Includes:

  • 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

After the first FREE month, the subscription will be £6.25 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!

Here is a mindmap of what is included in the training

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Do I need to start the training now?

No,  you can purchase now and then start when you are ready.

Do I need to complete the training within a set period of time?

No, you take as long as you need to complete the training.  As it is online you can re-watch videos time and time again.

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 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 other early years colleagues?

Each training place purchased is for an individual to watch and work through. Although if you work in a nursery and one member of staff undertakes the training and then wishes to pass on the knowledge and activities to others in person that is fine. However, 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. They cannot be used for you to train others for financial gain.

I’ve done your Magical Music Time training, is Music and the 7 Areas of Learning the same?

No, they are two different courses. Music and the 7 Areas of Learning takes you through how you can use music throughout your early years setting and the links to the 7 Areas.   Whereas Magical Music Time focuses on the structure that makes a worthwhile music time.