By karen bethell
Thursday, February 14, 2013
They may not yet have learnt to talk, but north Norfolk babies and toddlers are dancing to the beat at weekly music sessions aimed at improving confidence, developing social skills and strengthening family relationships.
Set up by former nursery nurse Lorna Becker, Fledgeling Music offers music and movement classes to under-5s at three north Norfolk venues.
Babies and their parents or carers can play peek-a-boo or massage games while Lorna sings, plays the flute, clarinet or violin, while youngsters taking part in toddler sessions have a chance to try out musical instruments, join in songs and rhymes and play games aimed at developing listening skills and an appreciation of music.
Lorna, who has a nine-year-old son, worked in Canada before returning to the UK to retrain as a hospital play specialist.
After spending three years working for the children’s music charity Presma in Norwich, she decided to branch out on her own and, inspired by her experiences working with young patients with head injuries, began running sessions for under-5s at Sheringham nine months ago.
“I saw the children’s quality of life, emotional wellbeing and rehabilitation dramatically improve through play and music,” Lorna said. “And what I wanted to do was to use my own passion for music to give families the chance to play and learn together and watch their children grow and develop.”
As spaces filled up at her Sheringham group, Lorna began running Fledgeling sessions at Reepham and Aldborough, also working with under-5s at Corpusty and Holt Sure Start Centre, taking classes at a number of local nurseries and primary schools, and hosting music-themed children’s parties.
“I think perhaps one of the reasons it has taken off so well is that, for parents and carers, coming along to a session is a chance to make friends, as well as an opportunity to just switch off and spend a really special time with their children,” Lorna said.
Key elements of Fledgeling sessions are, Lorna says, humour and her own passion for music.
“It is lovely sometimes for families to just be silly together and, for me, this is my dream; it is fantastic that it has become successful as it is the world’s best job.”
For more information about Fledgeling Music, visit www.fledgelingmusic.com or phone 07500 221121.