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Musical building blocks

Cathryn Dew
Musical building blocks: The foundations of a musical life

Everyone who makes music with Early Years children will no doubt agree that the key to success is helping children to enjoy making music together.  Positive early experiences give children the confidence and enthusiasm to take their music making further.  To do this, however, children need to develop skills and knowledge to help them make the most of their musical potential.  This session looks at the essential musical skills that we all need to progress as musicians, and argues that we give our children the best musical start in life when learning them becomes great fun.

Cathryn Dew studied music at the University of York. Her varied musical career has, so far, involved performing as a recorder player and singer, teaching university students, leading singing workshops for primary school children, taking A-level masterclasses, training teachers and Early Years practitioners and writing musical plays and resources.  Cathryn particularly enjoys working with Early Years children and, together with Sue Hollingworth, developed Melody Monkey's Marvellous Music Box in 2002.  Between 2003 and 2008, Cathryn ran Singworks, a Worcestershire-based organisation that inspired young people to sing together. Although she now lives in south Germany, Cathryn continues to work in the UK and is the education consultant for the National Centre for Early Music.