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
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
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.
Breathing in the midst of chaos I’m standing in the kitchen holding my crying 2 ½ year old. Sobs are bubbling up from deep down, racking her little body and I can feel her heart galloping along at breakneck speed. But she’s letting me hold her, which is good. Better than the last twenty minutes,… Continue reading Tantrum
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
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?
"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
Sing with your children and you will give them a gift that keeps on giving for a life-time! But some of us feel daunted by the very idea. Maybe we weren't sung to, or feel self-conscious about competing with the plethora of professionally recorded children's albums. Maybe we don't realise we're already doing it, and that… Continue reading What’s in a Song? Six Things You Need to Know About Singing With Young Children
I wrote this article for the Mother Magazine in 2015, while volunteering for Home Start the year before my youngest was born. It never made it to the printing press for one reason or another so I'm publishing it here. The time I spent with my Home Start family was so worth it! A few… Continue reading Building Community – Home Start-Style
Measuring outcomes has become the holy grail in our education system. But could nurturing our children's souls be far more important and could music play a vital role? Welcome to the age of standardized childhood. Well before our little ones enter the world they are measured, quantified and rated. Ultrasound scans estimate size, weight and… Continue reading Look alive! Four reasons for fostering Joy through music in our children