- Faye WaltersFounder of Wizard Music Ltd
‘I remember the exhilarating moment I felt my daughter turn her head and move inside my tummy for the first time. I was about 25 weeks pregnant, singing along to my favourite song and continued to play this music to her throughout my pregnancy.
Sophia is now 11 months old and I have incorporated music into everyday life since she was born. We have attended a variety of classes and used music as a platform to bond and develop our special relationship. I am hoping to share this music platform with other parents so that they can enjoy the many benefits which music classes bring to a child’s development.’
Research has shown that the ear is one of the first organs to develop fully. Music is proven to play an essential role within a child’s development and from birth it is instinctively used by parents to soothe and interact with their child. Many studies have found that musical interaction in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly with language and mathematical learning. Music helps children learn the meaning and sounds of words through social and emotional engagement with others. Dancing to music can also help children develop motor skills by learning symbols and actions associated with songs.
Wizard have over 11 years’ experience working within the childcare recruitment sector specialising in early years and are very excited to introduce Wizard Music from April 2017. Our curriculum is formulated from a sound understanding of the EYFS framework combined with the technical expertise of our music teachers.
Childcare has always been a very strong passion of mine. Since graduating from university with a degree in Education Studies specialising in Early Years, I have had the fantastic opportunity to visit many childcare settings and see the range of excellent childcare on offer. Having previously worked for the Wizard Staff Solutions team, I have an in-depth knowledge of the company and its processes.
I am extremely passionate about Wizard Music and truly believe the passion of the teachers and staff create a welcoming and fun atmosphere for all to enjoy. Here at Wizard Music we always aim for the personal approach and would like to build as many Wizard Music friends as possible.
- Jade BultitudeWizard Music Curriculum Author
Jade Bultitude recently completed a Masters Degree in Flute Performance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music where she received a high distinction for her studies. As part of this degree Jade specialized in pre-school music education. She is a recent recipient of the Michael Hirst Award and is also generously supported by the Harpenden Music Foundation. In July 2014 she was awarded with Sir James Galway’s Rising Star Award, which allowed her to perform as a solo artist at his festival in Switzerland 2015 with Italian pianist Giulia Semerano. Jade is passionate about teaching and holds many teaching qualifications including the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music. She has six years’ experience teaching children from three months to four years old. She has also been observed by others an example of best practice and has been responsible for training teachers in this field. Jade also runs her own private music teaching practice. She has extensive experience teaching flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano from beginner up to conservatoire level.
- Sarah EarlWizard Music Teacher
I was very lucky to be raised in a household where music was ever-present and valued. I began to sing almost as soon as I could talk and started piano lessons at the age of 6. My musical studies, including formal singing lessons, learning the clarinet and the guitar, took me as far as university, where I completed a degree in Performing Arts which combined my passions of music and theatre. It was on completion of my first degree that I began to work towards a career in teaching, having adored my time as a singing teacher for a theatre school which had run alongside my undergraduate studies. Once qualified as a primary school teacher I threw myself into education and child development and worked happily and successfully in this field for the next 13 years. During this time I had two children of my own – Dylan, who is now 8, and Felicity, who is 4 – but as they began to grow up I felt I was missing out on some of their development and growth due to the long hours school teaching demanded. I took the difficult decision to make a change in my career path.
In working with Wizard Music I have been able to combine my two passions and areas of expertise, music and education, and I am loving every second. I believe so strongly that not only does music enrich and enhance a child’s early development, but that in fact it is at the very core of their growth. Not only do the children we work with learn valuable musical skills and knowledge, but they have the opportunity to work towards and nurture many other essential developmental stages and milestones across all sorts of areas of learning – emotional intelligence, social skills, maths, literacy, including speaking and listening, speech and language development, positive learning behaviours and I could go on. I feel proud and privileged to be involved in the work that Wizard are doing to deepen and strengthen children’s development through music.