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The SoundWaves Network: Sounding Board via Zoom

The SoundWaves Network

11am - 12:15pm

You asked...we answered! Responding to our survey, many of you requested a practical workshop-style Zoom packed with ideas and resources you can use either in your online or socially distanced Early Years music work. 


We are delighted to offer you a fantastic session with three outstanding South West based Early Childhood Music specialists - Emma Hutchinson (Music House for Children) Eliza Wylie (Somerset Arts Well, Hop, Skip and Sing) and Colin Phillimore (Babigloo Music for Babies). Emma, Eliza and Colin will each share with you their favourite activities.


This session will provide an opportunity to develop your skills in learning the most appropriate songs, rhymes and activities to develop babies and children’s musicality. Participants will also receive a handout with Emma, Eliza and Colin's activities covered in the session.

This session is for those people based in the South West.

Emma Hutchinson,

Music House for Children

Emma’s career spans nearly 30 years in music teaching, training, research and composition. With an LTCL in music, a BA in theatre and dance and MA in Early Childhood Music her studies, life and teaching experiences have embedded a multi-sensory approach to delivering music together with a deep understanding of how young children communicate and learn. In 1994 Emma established Music House for Children, her non-profit school in London to encourage earliest development through a range of musical experiences. Her training courses combines practical with theoretical, reflective and shared skills, and include online courses established to support isolated communities. Emma is widely respected by the early childhood communities in her continued passion for research and practice in the field, and in particular her work with developing communication and life skills in young children with additional needs and language delay.

Emma’s home is in Devon with her family, an array of wildlife and instruments.

Eliza Wylie,

Somerset Arts Well and Hop,Skip and Sing

Eliza Wylie is based near Wells in Somerset and has been facilitating music for people of all ages since 2003. As well as West African percussion she is trained in and inspired by the Kodàly method of Music Education and has been running sessions for families and their little ones since 2010. She has been part of the Soundwaves Network in the South West working in settings in Bristol, Yeovil and Taunton. She also co directs the CIC Somerset Arts Well which runs Music for Wellbeing projects for families including musical play sessions and their pilot choir project, ‘Glastonbury Daytime Singers’. Since March 2020 she has been enjoying running her EY sessions from home via ZOOM and has managed to continue the musical relationship with her families via the screen although it has been a challenge! She is looking forward to sharing some of what she has learned with you all.

Colin Phillimore,

Babagloo Music for Babies

Colin Phillimore has been part of Babigloo Music for Babies since it started in 2015. He only went to drive the car when Babigloo visited Leiria in Portugal to train with Professor Paulo Lameiro and SAMP 'Cradle of the Arts' but found there a meeting of his youth and community work experience, love of music and working with very young children. He is a musician, performance poet and artist and leads the musicality of the Babigloo sessions with Michele O'Brien. As a stay at home Dad in the 1990's he sang and sang and sang to baby Joel at all hours of the day and is passionate about Dads and Men being involved in early years music. Colin writes and performs his own poetry as well as working in site-specific theatre and street theatre. He is an established inter-cultural trainer within the youth work field of the Erasmus Plus EU Youth in Action programme and has practiced in the field of SEND within Poole, Dorset. The Covid-19 Lockdown saw Babigloo's planned move to a digital platform accelerated overnight and Colin's video editing and PR experience is now an integral part to Babigloo's work!