Music Makes Us Happy!

What have we been up to, I hear you ask?

It’s been a busy year for the music team, there has been training, crowdfunding and we’ve discovered some very budding music producers. We have been investing our time in training our WILD workers and using accessible music production apps in groups. We also reached our fundraising target for the You Can Ukulele! Project, which is now being rolled out to groups.

The training workshops for our early years educators worked towards a very simple objective - to improve their confidence using vocal techniques, warm ups, games and more. For some, music is something which comes naturally, whereas for others it can be the most terrifying prospect – especially the thought of having to sing in front of others. For even our most confident workers the idea of leading a music session with our young parents was going to be a challenge.

Peer-led training has placed our staff in the best position to deliver music. When we asked our workers to sing nursery rhymes in front of each other, they were singing in front of people that would know if they sang the words or tune wrong which is far more challenging than singing in front of a group of young children who don’t really care if you sing out of tune! It is really important to remember when delivering music in the crèche that you are not stood on the O2 stage singing Dingle Dangle Scarecrow in front of 20,000 people. You are in front of a maximum of 10 people singing nursery rhymes and songs that the children love regardless of whether it’s in the right key.

You won’t find many people who like the sound of their own voice, I certainly don’t. When I first started working for WILD, one of the first things I would do when meeting a group after introducing myself was burst into song. I remember being terrified especially because singing had never been my first specialism. However, the Music Makes Me Happy project was never created to find the next Adele. So the main thing we ask everyone to remember is it’s ok to forget the words, get the tune wrong, sing out of tune or don’t want to sing. Participating in whatever way with music will have an impact on your overall wellbeing.

This year we have started to integrate more music technology into our project and it seems we have some budding music producers in our ranks. We have been using apps such as Launchpad and GarageBand to allow our young mums and dads to compose music as a whole group and individually. We are looking forward to developing this further in the future.

Finally - I can ukulele, we can ukulele, however, more importantly, You Can Ukulele!

After a very successful crowdfunding bid, we are now delivering this project in all our groups after raising an amazing £815! We will be teaching mums and dads to play the ukulele and producing a simple-to-follow music book to accompany our instruction; that way learners can continue playing and developing their skills at home. We can’t wait to continue our exciting sessions across all of our WILD groups in Cornwall.

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