January 10, 2022

CPD 2022: Making and collecting resources for early years music activities

by Zoe Greenhalgh in CPD

Tuesday 25th January 2022

17.00 – 18.30 (online); £15


Songs, props, and associated activities from Sorrel Harty

Sorrel will talk about her creation and use of resources, and how they can be used to support and extend songs and musical activities and enrich children’s experience of music.

The session will include:

1. Songs/Musical exploration

  • Choices of material, appropriate and relevant
  • Balanced programme of songs, games and musical exploration
  • Adapting songs to suit your needs/theme/children
  • Creating songs specifically for a purpose/group/activity
  • Inspiring musical exploration

2. Props

  • Accompanying toys/puppets
  • Books/Illustrations and pictures to support themes of songs/activities
  • Sensory support for songs and activities
  • Small simple props for everyone to have personal individual experience
  • Big shared props, turn taking, shared experience

3. Craft extensions:

  • Prolonging an activity or theme by associated creative craft activity
  • Making a prop to be used during song and activities
  • Exploring activity in another creative language (100 languages of children, Reggio Emilia)
  • Ownership, belonging, collaboration, interaction, shared experience of creation

4. Recording/Recordings:

  • Creating a simple resource to share with families. Memory jog for families/practitioners to access
  • Variations and development. Inspiration and idea stimulation
  • Audio/Video recordings of children to develop awareness of self and of own voice
  • Publicity and promotion and long distance work/Online resources available for posterity
  • Use of a variety of recorded music for activities, movement, accompaniment, introduction to genres and cultures with music

5. Using Instruments:

  • Supportive or distracting for learning
  • Using instruments to enhance musical experience and awareness
  • Creative explorative play with instruments
  • Accompaniment by practitioner during musical songs and activities

Sorrel Harty is a freelance music educator working in a variety of situations from schools to nurseries and community settings. She has led early years music sessions in Blackburn with Darwen’s 8 children’s centres for a number of years, in both nursery and intervention rooms delivering to the various target/non target groups. Sorrel has also been tooling up early years practitioners with the skills and understanding to continue to deliver music sessions themselves. Sorrel has been studying for the Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood (CME:EC) course at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC).