Parenting

In Praise of the Post-Date Baby – Freddie’s Birth at 41 Weeks

"All my babies come early" was a mantra I kept repeating to everyone that asked me when baby was due. "Officially middle of April, but I don't think I'll go much beyond 38 weeks." Conceived wisdom has it that this is something you don't do. Put your dates back, never forwards. Except that we had… Continue reading In Praise of the Post-Date Baby – Freddie’s Birth at 41 Weeks

Childhood & Learning, Social Change

COVID-19 Open Letter to Headteacher

European governments are taking increasingly stringent measures to address the threat of the Coronavirus. Only the UK appears to be dragging its feet, delaying the inevitable with potentially huge implications. I'm writing to the head of my children's school, asking her to add her voice to pressure our government into taking more decisive action, quickly.… Continue reading COVID-19 Open Letter to Headteacher

Social Change

Your Vote – Now It Counts, Now It Doesn’t

Counting is a rudimentary mathematical skill, but in the UK's general elections, some votes count more than others. Whatever else can be said about yesterday's results, they highlight the need for urgent electoral reform. I don't normally venture into the murky world of politics in my blog posts, but today I'll risk it in order… Continue reading Your Vote – Now It Counts, Now It Doesn’t

Childhood & Learning, Music, Parenting

Learning to Listen Part 2: The Toddler Years – Growing Strong Roots

We all want our children to listen well, but how do they learn this vital skill? As we dig up the soil to look at the roots, we find that the ability to listen is closely connected with a toddler's emotional and social development - and that active music is like a superfood that helps boost their learning.

Childhood & Learning, Music, Parenting

Learning to Listen Part 1: From Day One

Hearing is just one of our five senses, one we often take for granted. Why is it crucial for early childhood development, and how do we get from hearing - indiscriminately taking in sound - to listening - deliberately processing the noise that's important to our survival and well-being? Read about the importance of the… Continue reading Learning to Listen Part 1: From Day One

Childhood & Learning, Music, Social Change

Smart Education – Could Music Be THE Vital Ingredient?

Funding for music education continues to be slashed. But this may be more counterproductive than we realise. A man is walking his dog in the woods when he hears the deep "thud, thud" of an axe on wood. Sure enough, a little later he comes across a man chopping down a tree. The woodcutter is… Continue reading Smart Education – Could Music Be THE Vital Ingredient?

Childhood & Learning, Music, Personal

“Music for Life” means Music for Everyone

"Music for Life" is our motto at the Len Tyler Music School. Read on to find out what first got me passionate about teaching here and what drives our ongoing quest to be the best we can for the benefit of the children that come to us. I first came across the Len Tyler Music… Continue reading “Music for Life” means Music for Everyone