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Areas of expertise
- Musical Development in Early Childhood
- Music within the Prime and Specific areas of the EYFS
- The Characteristics of Effective Learning – in Music
- Enabling Musical Environments
- Enabling Auditory Environments
- Effective planning for music making
- Observing and documenting children’s musical play
- Active music listening
Nicola has worked extensively as a music specialist in a range of early years settings and on a range of action research projects in London, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire, Surrey, Staffordshire and West Sussex. Her passion for recognising and valuing young children’s music making has led her to be involved in many early years projects including working with Dr Susan Young and Dr Alison Street as well as presenting at many early years conferences across the country as both a key note speaker and workshop leader. She has written and delivered courses for a range of authorities and organisations across the country working with both early years educators and parents.
Nicola has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Music Studies from the Centre for Research in Early Childhood. She plays the piano, keyboard and trumpet, has performed in various orchestras and bands both nationally and internationally and is one of the authors of The Guide to Music for 0-3 Years. Nicola is very passionate about empowering and inspiring early childhood educators to make music with young children and to create music making opportunities within their settings. She strongly feels that everyone is born musical and an integral part of early childhood is music making.
Nicola's Tune Into Listening action research project won the Excellence in Primary/Early Years Award at the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. You can access the free Tune into Listening online resource here.
Nicola is the author of the brand-new guidance document Musical Development Matters, released in September 2018. You can purchase copies or download for free on our dedicated page.
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