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Music Making in a 0-3 Classroom: Benefits, Facilitation, and Fun!

Úna Shea


Making music has the potential to be hugely beneficial, but also can be intimidating to begin to facilitate. And, above all else, it can always be fun for those involved. Through this presentation, there is discussion on the multifaceted role that music making can play within a community for children ages 0-3. It provides information on how making music, in different ways, can support the physical and language development of a child in this age group. It then continues by showing examples of how different types of music making can be presented in the classroom. This presentation is aimed at guides and assistants in toddler communities, but also has the potential to be enjoyed by families and out of school communities as well.


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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