Welcome to Cossins Music School!
Thank you for visiting the Cossins Music School website. I still run sessions in nurseries and schools and privately I am mainly running private lessons and holiday sessions. I am working more and more in the community using music for health and wellbeing. However, You can find out all about Early Years training here and lots of hints and tips on what to sing with your child and why music and singing is so beneficial for us all.
Think Cre8tive Group works with many different people using music to help health and wellbeing. There are so many benefits of singing for all ages and abilities. Taking part in musical activities reduces stress and anxiety, develops speech and communication, improves breathing and builds confidence and self-esteem. If we are able to access music from before birth and anywhere in between, our lives can be greatly improved. We create and deliver music projects currently in Bolton and Wakefield. We have just been awarded Highly Commended from En:Able for our Sing It Out! Mama project which I created and delivered in Wakefield. Thanks to National Lottery funding we are now delivering this project in both Bolton and Wakefield.
In July 2017 Cossins Music School was awarded a substantial grant by Wakefield Council. The Culture Cures project aims to improve mental health and wellbeing and we are working in various districts around Wakefield. This has allowed me to explore new areas for using music such as a Intergenerational project, Vegetable Orchestra and Junk Music. The project is ongoing until March 2018 which is why my Early Years classes are very limited.
Start your child’s musical journey now and tap into their natural inborn musicality!
We are all born with the ability to be musical and further experiences enhance our feeling and love of music. Music is an essential part of children’s wellbeing, education and development. It is fun, enjoyable and essential for our social and emotional health. Studies show babies in the womb start to respond to sound at around 20 weeks and singing or playing your favourite music will have a noticeable impact on what your baby reacts in the weeks after birth.
As a parent giving our children a wide range of experiences is a great way of ensuring they are developing the necessary life skills. Music is one of the best ways to give your child confidence, self-esteem, independence, creativity, imagination and important social skills. Bring involved in music making is also fun and enjoyable!
It’s one of the best classes you can attend, Melanie is wonderful and really engages the children and it teaches your child a variety of skills and they just feel like they are having fun.
Every child should have access to music learning and this is made possible through singing. Our Early Years classes & Pre-instrumental classes recognise that only using the voice is the best and fastest way for children to listen, internalise and produce sound. All our classes encourage your child’s natural thirst for imagination and creativity.
Why choose the Kodaly Approach?
I love singing!
At school I played Clarinet and Saxophone and was a keen member of Wakefield Youth Choir. Although I could read music, I didn’t understand it well. When I discovered the Kodaly approach it turned my whole world of music around.
The Kodaly approach uses the voice as a tool for musical learning, taking logical, sequential steps, music made much more sense to me! It’s like learning to read and write. To help our children learn to read and write we start by talking to our children. This helps them hear the patterns, sounds, phrasing and intonation in our voices. It makes sense that music learning starts with singing.
I have been teaching music to children for over fifteen years. With a wealth of experience working with parents with young children, nurseries, junior & infants as well as adults. I am proud to be working with the Wakefield Theatre Royal Performance Academy ,running adult mental health and wellbeing singing groups, providing singing sessions for vulnerable teenagers and working alongside other great creative practitioners like Stride, the Hepworth and Co-Active. I continue to play Clarinet, Saxophone and Ukulele and recently bought a Fife, a great introduction to learning the flute!
Our Mission: To enrich lives and inspire young minds through singing.
Professional Practice Certificate in the Kodaly Concept of Music Education (Early Childhood Music). Cache Diploma 3 in pre-school practice.
BA (Hons), Enhanced DBS. Fully Insured. Member of Soundsense, Musicians Union and British Kodaly Academy.