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Making Music in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Practical workshops for all

Hampshire Music Service's Early Years team can provide practical music making workshops in settings with children, their parents, families - or everyone together! Arts weeks, family learning events and music workshops provide excellent opportunities for the whole family to have fun and learn together. Members of the EY team are available in both term time and holidays.

Cluster training

Clusters of EYFS settings can benefit from bespoke training. Opportunities include CPD for staff on singing, using instruments, stories, progression through the EYFS - or anything that is needed! HMS also offers workshops for children, so staff can observe their children in action.


Hampshire Music Service, in partnership with Hampshire's Early Education Childcare Unit provides practical, hands on training for practitioners in all EYFS settings. Courses range from introductory level, giving ideas for songs and games to help build confidence and a bank of resources, to more in-depth sessions on child-initiated music making and the role of music in language development.

For further information on all these opportunities and their costs, please contact Hampshire Music Service on 023 8065 2037 or e-mail:

Music in the Early Years - national launch for new resource

SoI - Early Years

As South-East regional champion, we invite you to the launch of a new resource for music learning in the early years.

Sounds of Intent in the Early Years (SoI-EY) is an innovative resource based on pioneering research led by Professor Adam Ockelford, Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at the University of Roehampton, in London. SoI-EY sets out just how children’s minds develop musically, from three months before birth, so that by the time they enter full time education, they are already fledgling young musicians. These new findings mean that, for the first time, it is possible to target activities aimed specifically at individual children’s levels of musical development, maximising their progress.

For more info, please view the attached and/or visit the SoI-EY website.


Singing from the beginning

This publication is a practical guide for music in the early years. It is packed full of carefully chosen songs and activities that are easy to dip into. It includes a wide repertoire of tried and tested songs and suggestions for how to give children a creative, inspiring musical start in life, to encourage them to be “Singing from the beginning”!

The songs and activities are suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-school and Reception children. The 'One To One Songs' and the 'Spoken Rhymes', for example, are perfect for babies, whilst the 'Circle Songs' and 'Role Play Songs' work brilliantly in pre-school and Reception classes. Many of the songs are set to familiar tunes, some have new, simple tunes. The notation for the songs can be found at the back of the book, and the link to audio files (not provided with the sample) will help practitioners learn the songs.

FREE SAMPLE, from 'Action Songs' chapter...  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 735kB

To purchase this great 74 page publication (£7.99)
Please call 023 8065 2037 or email