About Kate and her work in the early years
Music has been central to Kate’s life since she was a child
Kate was five when she stood gawping at the television as James Galway played his flute.“Mummy, I want to play that” she said.
This was back in 1985, and not a lot of five years olds were playing flute in the UK at that time.
She wasn’t allowed to start on her flute until she was seven, and even then, her fingers didn’t reach all of the keys.
By the age of thirteen, Kate had all her grades, including grade 8 with distinction.
Kate’s musical journey
has included singing, piano, samba drumming, playing in orchestras, having a go at steel pans, gamelan and bell-ringing.
She has performed with world class street theatre company Transe Express, the internationally renowned street theatre company, has played flute with a samba band, sang in Saint Mark’s and drummed through the streets of Newcastle dressed in a boiler suit and a ridiculous hat!
She is currently teaching herself how to play ukulele and thoroughly enjoying it: “it’s impossible not to smile when you play the ukulele!”
How she got where she is today
Trained at Sage Gateshead
Kate trained at Sage Gateshead in Community Music in 2002, and chose to specialise in early years music straight away.
In those early days, the Early Years Programme at Sage Gateshead was a team of two: Steph Brandon and Kate. Steph drove them all around the various corners of the North East, with Kate feeding her sandwiches between sessions. Happy days!
Kate is proud to have been integral to the set up of the existing Early Years and Family Learning Programme at Sage Gateshead, having been their Family Learning Project Leader from 2004-2007.
Many of the staff who are still there now were trained or mentored by Kate.
Worldbeaters Music Partner
Whilst at Sage Gateshead, Kate met two funky dudes called Chris and Alex who dazzled her with their samba drumming. This inspired her to learn how to play and teach samba music.
Chris and his partner-in-crime Alex took Kate on as a trainee in 2002 and the three of them worked together to set up their own company Worldbeaters Music LLP in 2005.
In 2007, Kate left Sage Gateshead to focus all of her energies on developing Worldbeaters Music which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Whilst working as part of Worldbeaters Music, Kate was responsible for all of their early years music projects and corporate provision.
Maines-Beasley Creative Industries Ltd
In April 2011, Kate set up Maines-Beasley Creative Industries Ltd. This is the company she runs with her husband Chris, who is also a rather creative person
Kate is a Makaton user. She is trained and qualified as a Makaton Local Tutor, although she has chosen not to renew her license for business reasons. Makaton is an excellent communication tool, which she use throughout all of her work in the early years
Kate has been inspired by her studies in Kodály. She uses Kodály to inform her choice of songs, games and activities in the early years and primary education
Kate completed two term\’s of the MA in Early Years Music at Birmingham with Susan Young. As a busy self-employed company director, step mum and wife, she decided there was not enough space in life to complete these studies. Nevertheless, she has now been introduced to a wide range of ideas, research topics and underpinning musical and educational theories which feed into all of her project work. She has a far better stocked book shelf to dip in and out of now too!
All children are entitled to make music, sing and dance. This is their right.
Children are musically competent. We must respect and value their musical expression.
Parents/carers must be involved in creative projects, and respected as the child’s primary educator.
Kate’s approach to early years music making
Kate firmly believes that all younger children are innately musical and that singing is one of their first languages.
She hears a baby’s babbling as singing with melodies and musical contours.
She has been inspired by working with Penny Greenland, Jabadao founder, and is a keen advocate of Developmental Movement Play for all children.
Movement play is integral to all of Kate’s projects.
Kate works on longer term early years music projects, and specialises in working with under 3s and parents/carers.
Kate works alongside early years practitioners, to encourage those who care for younger children to place more value on singing, music-making and movement play, and to develop more confidence in these areas of delivery.
Kate prides herself on working in a flexible way, and encourages everyone to join in as far as they are able to. She use familiar and accessible songs, and understands very well that some people are terrified of singing and moving. She is sensitive and encouraging. Her aim is to “inspire adults to enjoy their own music-making and movement more in order that they can better support the children’s developing musicality”.
Areas of delivery and specialism:
live flute performances for all children/families involved in projects
communication focus in music and movement activities
sing all day not just at song time
providing access to high quality musical instruments which children will enjoy exploring
support with instrument orders for nurseries/schools
writing Youth Music funding applications and securing longer term funding (in partnership with a host setting)
Makaton as a tool for communication and to be used with singing
CPD in Musical Play in the Early Years
"I would highly recommend working with Kate she is a very talented professional, dedicated to offering high quality musicality experiences, she has an amazing way of working with families and young children"− Early years practitioner, Rosemary Lane Nursery, Easington
"Just to say a big thank you for such a fantastic session! It was so busy and so successful, and reaching so many of our targeted families, many of whom had attended for the first time and still fully engaged with the Sing and Play (singing project) which is just fantastic. "− Senior early years practitioner, Hexham Children's Centre
"The children respond so well to you. I couldn’t believe the change in the atmosphere once you started playing your flute. It is amazing to see. They are mesmerised aren’t they? I tell you what, listening to you play the flute is better than Kalms"− Nursery assistant, Battle Hill Childcare Nursery