One of the UK’s leading experts in early childhood music is coming to sing with Calderdale’s tots.
Lucinda Geoghegan will be leading the Bookstart Busy Babies sessions at The Imaginarium in the Central Library and Archives in Halifax on Thursday, November 9.
Calderdale Council’s Early Years Librarian and Bookstart Co-ordinator Ben Lawrence, who runs Busy Babies in Calderdale, said: “I can’t wait for everyone to meet her.”
Lucinda is Education Director for the National Youth Choir of Scotland and has written several children’s song and rhyme books.
She is also at the forefront of spreading the Kodály approach – a philosophy that stresses the importance and power of singing in early childhood.
Ben met her seven years ago at a training session and she has been his mentor ever since.
“I feel very lucky to have and continue to study with her,” he said. “She’s wonderful and a joy to be around.”
Ben is delighted Lucinda is coming to Calderdale and says he has had interest from outside the area in her visit.
The special sessions will also be a celebration of the council’s new Central Library and Archives, which opened in September and contains a large collection of brand new children’s books.
Busy Babies introduce children aged from birth to two years to a variety of songs and rhymes.
Ben uses the Kodály philosophy when leading the sessions, such as encouraging movement as well as singing.
He said that lays the foundations not only for a child’s musicality but also for language acquisition.
The council’s library service delivers Bookstart Busy Babies sessions at Hebden Bridge Library on Mondays from 11am until 11.40am, at Brighouse Library on Tuesdays from 10.30am until 11.10am and at the Central Library and Archives on Thursdays from 10am until 10.40am and 11am until 11.40am.
Lucinda will be at both the sessions on Thursday, November 9. Admission is £2 per child or free for Passport to Leisure card holders.
Booking is not required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Ben on 01422 392620.