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Creating Beautiful Hearts–Making Music with Children from Birth to Six

Úna Shea


When we make music together, we become more connected with our peers, support our wellbeing, and create an outlet to express our emotions constructively. For children in the first plane of development, these are three benefits (of many) that will support the complex developmental work taking place.

In this talk, I will discuss some of the social, emotional, and developmental benefits of making music in your environment, and suggest some approachable and creative ways to give musical experiences pride of place within your community.


Una Shea

Úna has been part of a Montessori classroom environment for a large portion of her life. She is part of a family of Montessori educators, and has great investment in the huge potential that all children have.
Úna holds a first class BMus (Hons) in violin performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, an AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma from the International Montessori Institute in the Netherlands,
and is a certified Suzuki violin teacher the the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has diverse experience working in a range of educational environments–from community music workshop facilitation, to private
violin tuition, to assisting in Montessori classrooms worldwide and has a great passion for child centered, accessible, music education.
Alongside her work, she is continuing her education and working to complete her MA in Music Psychology in Performance, Education, and Wellbeing from the University of Sheffield. She is also a newly published author creating resources for making music with early years children.
It is her firm belief that making music is something that should be enjoyed by all, which inspired her new project: Our Montessori Melodies. This provides accessible resources to support child centered music making in homes and classrooms.


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