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Steve is a professional musician, composer and qualified teacher who specialises in music and storytelling in the Early Years. He has appeared on television, radio and concert venues throughout the country and recorded many CDs for the Educational publishers A&C Black including the widely used Music Express and Singing Phonics series.
He has given practitioner training for over twenty institutions and universities including local authorities, The Institute for Education, The Child-minders Association and for The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, who use his CDs in their own courses.
He has written articles for publications such as Nursery World and presented papers to conferences for BECERA (British Early Childhood Education Research Association) and MERYC (Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children).
During thirty years of making music in Early Years settings he has collected and recorded more than a hundred of the best songs, rhymes, games, and stories. These appear on his Sparks series and Story Song CDs and form a basis for his courses. The material is accessible, infectious and multicultural ensuring that practitioners are keen to get back to their settings and share it with their children.
His courses are highly enjoyable and full of simple practical material and ideas that practitioners who are not confident in their musical abilities are able to use. In addition, each activity illuminates a general pedagogical principle such as: how children learn, the connections between music and all areas of the EYFS, ways of structuring music sessions and how to value and encourage children’s innate musicality and creativity.
“Steve is a superb musician, and has a wonderful way with both children and adults. His songs combine two of the most important things in children’s music education: subtle but well-targeted pedagogy, and great fun!” Nikhil Dally – Stepping Notes Music School
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