Note Weavers is a community of learning for early years music within which early years practitioners, musicians and educators are empowered through collaboration with each other and find support to develop their practice appropriately thus improving access for children, families and communities to quality musical experiences.

Having secured Arts Council Lottery funding in Autumn 2018 we became a Community Interest Company (CIC) in May 2019 with a board of seven directors.

Note Weavers will continue to work to:

  • support early years educators, music practitioners & researchers, connecting, collaborating & enabling (the development of) quality music practice for the benefit of children, families & communities.
  • facilitate a programme of projects in local settings, supporting practitioners, exploring pedagogy, researching and the developing new approaches, sharing impact & driving change at local, regional & national level.
  • support musical activity within local Early Years settings, working with Music Services, Music Education Hubs and other Arts Organisations to promote quality music making with young children, and support reflective evaluation and the sharing of good practice.

As a collaborative community, Note Weavers aims to have a lasting impact on the music education experiences of young children in the North West and offer exciting opportunities to build partnerships and make a difference.

Our initial funding application was supported by Brighter Sound in Manchester and More Music in Morecambe. Edge Hill University, Early Years Education are also a partner and we have also received much valuable advice and support from Arts Council England.

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Sally Anne Brown

BA (Hons) Music, MA Education (Early Years Music)

Sally Anne has been a freelance Early Years music practitioner since 2005 following an increasing interest in very young children’s musical interactions and experiences which she witnessed during over 25 years as a woodwind teacher.  Sally Anne’s experience includes delivering both ‘open to all’ music sessions in Children’s Centres and community groups and more tailored sessions in nurseries, preschools and schools in North Yorkshire and East Lancashire. She have also worked for several charities on music projects supporting families with young children with visual impairment, with physical disabilities and children for whom English is an additional language.  Sally-Anne is well known for her particular interest in facilitating music activities in outdoor environments.  She is also Tutor and Student Mentor on the Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood programme, based at CREC in Birmingham.

Vic Holmes

MA Education (Early Years Music); BA (Hons) Music with Music Technology; CME:Early Childhood; Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Foundation Level; Level 3 Early Years Educator

Vic is an experienced musician who now specialises in music within the early years. Currently self-employed, Vic works across different settings to deliver music sessions to under 5s, as well as working with practitioners to encourage and improve music within their settings. Having trained as an early years educator within a nursery, Vic has a good understanding of early childhood development and the importance of offering a wide range of opportunities to children, especially in the early years. Vic has successfully completed her studies to receive an MA in Education (Early Years Music) with the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC). Vic also oversees the online learning group for the CME: Early Childhood at CREC.

Vic is delighted to be part of Note Weavers. She has a strong belief that collaborative working and forming strong partnerships, are vital in bringing music in the early years to the forefront of childhood education.

Sorrel Harty

BA (Hons) Contemporary Music; Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood (CME:EC)

Sorrel is a freelance music tutor working in a variety of situations from schools to nurseries and community settings. She has led MusicBox early years music sessions in Blackburn with Darwen’s 8 children’s centres for a number of years, both in nursery rooms and intervention rooms. As well as delivering to the various target/non target groups, Sorrel has also been tooling up early years practitioners with the skills and understanding for continuing to deliver MusicBox sessions themselves.

Georgina Roberts

BMus (Hons), PGCE, State Registered Music Therapist

Georgina has 20 years’ experience working in the education sector, initially within mainstream contexts and for the last 15 years working with special educational needs and disability (SEND). Currently Georgina  works 3 days a week as a music therapist in special schools for students aged 3-30 with severe learning difficulties. She has spent a number of years coordinating music provision for special schools for a city music service and at the present time manages SEND support for schools in the Sefton and Knowsley Music Education Hub. She is experienced at conceiving and managing projects across numerous schools, working collaboratively with music charities and partners to provide the best experiences and outcomes for pupils and staff in schools.

Georgina is passionate about using music to promote positive change in the lives of children and young people. She was previously involved with the conception and delivery of funded work using music to promote attachment between young children and their care givers. During 2018-19 she has been coordinating and managing a funded project that uses music to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people in mainstream schools.

David Greenhalgh

Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, MA Management, Associate of the Royal College of Music

During an extensive career David worked as a professionally qualified and experienced Manager and Engineer with extensive knowledge of managing high value assets in a national utility company. He has worked in operational, customer interface and change management roles and as a specialist in the implementation and ongoing management of Construction and Design management Legislation and ISO9001 Quality Management Systems.

Running in parallel to his career, David has successfully managed several non-professional arts organisations and performed as a flautist in many solo recitals and music ensembles throughout the North West.

Until recently, David was a Director of Bolton Symphony Orchestra Ltd, and worked for Making Music. He is a Trustee of the Light Music Society, the British Kodaly Academy and Trust Music based in Bolton.

Sue Ridyard

BMus (Hons), PGCE

Sue is a music teacher with over 35 years of experience working in schools and community contexts with children and young people from birth to age 18 and beyond.

Sue currently works as a self-employed music education specialist and, in addition to teaching, has considerable experience in the development, delivery and management of projects both independently and for Bolton Music Service. These have involved working with parents, teachers, practitioners and managers across both schools and community organisations, and have included working collaboratively with a diverse range of partners. Voluntary work has included the development of community groups and 15 years as a director of The Arts Partnership, a company with charitable status. She has been involved in setting up and running local and regional networks and driving change through larger scale strategic projects, particularly in relation to broadening access in non-formal education contexts and connecting provision across different organisations.

As well as a background in music education including 20 years working in early childhood music, Sue brings extensive experience of managing successful collaborative projects to this programme, as well as her passion for driving change and supporting innovative approaches to collaborative working across education communities.

Zoe Greenhalgh

FHEA, MA (Early Years Music), PDC Early Childhood Music, PGCE, BA(Hons) RGN

Zoe is an early childhood music educator, author, consultant and researcher with wide experience of working with babies, children, parents, carers and educators in early years and community settings.  Well known for her work in the North West, Zoe also enjoys a national reputation as a consultant, workshop provider and author; her book “Music and Singing in the Early Years” (Routledge 2018) has been well received. Zoe is an Associate Tutor in Early Years Education at Edge Hill University and has recently retired from her roles as Course Director for the Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood (CME:EC) at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) and Early Childhood Music Education Tutor for The British Kodály Academy

Through her work Zoe has developed links with a wide range of people and organisations with an interest in early childhood music – regional, national and beyond. It is her belief that discussion and sharing practice, knowledge and experience with others in the field are influential in informing and developing practice.