We all know that music is a fun and engaging activity for people of all ages. But what are the real educational reasons for including music in your setting?

In this course, participants can expect to be very active, developing their own musical skills and learning to utilize props and tools to create varied and exciting music lessons with an experienced Early Years Music practitioner.

Course Content

  • Speech development
  • General education through song (colours, numbers, letters, animals etc)
  • Motor skill development, both fine (playing instruments, handling materials) and gross (movement, clapping games, action songs)
  • Memory skills (remembering melody, words)
  • Imaginative skills
  • Develop focus and concentration
  • Combines the artistic and expressive with the intellectual
  • Turn-taking and sharing
  • Working as a group and as an individual
  • Relaxation for children, using songs to calm the group or create an atmosphere
  • Caring for and using your voice in the classroom
  • Techniques for teaching musical concepts
  • Using props such as puppets, scarves and play parachutes to add to your lessons
  • Making the most of your percussion pack for beat keeping and creative activities
  • Listening and responding to music
  • Supporting teachers' musical skills

Course Tutor

Helen Blackmore
Is a music educator with a diverse skill set. Having read music at Trinity College Dublin (1997-2001) she returned there in 2003 to undertake a research masters in music education in the Irish school system. Helen designed and teaches on the highly successful early years programme at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, working with children from preschool to around seven years. She also works in Stanhope Street National School teaching classroom singing and choir. Helen has trained primary school teachers at Walton’s New School of Music, pre-school teachers in a very popular course in the National Concert Hall and student teachers on Early Childhood Education course at DIT and at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Helen’s teaching is influenced by Dalcroze and Kodaly, involving singing, movement and play. She has studied conducting with Mark Duley, Dr Geoffrey Spratt and Peter Broadbent, and singing with Tony Walsh at DIT and Philip O’Reilly at RIAM. Helen has taught piano for over fifteen years both freelance and in various schools and holds a Dip. ABRSM in piano teaching.

Course Duration and Delivery

Inservice Training Public Training This is a 1 day course when delivered as Inservice Training or Public Training Event. This is a 2h course when delivered as a webinar.