Music and movement course

Movement and music instructor 
  • Author
    Libby Shone, Julie Cleasby & Jessica Baranschone
  • Level
  • Study time
    80-100 hours
  • Video 
    Yes lots
  • Assessments 
  • Certification
    Yes on completion
  • Accreditation 
    CTHA, CPD Standards, Westminster

To baby and beyond

Therapists Association
The CPD Standards Office
Westminster Indemnity

What's included?

  • Expert tuition
  • Dedicated tutor
  • One to one virtual assessment
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Access to 5 specially created songs
  • Video demonstrations
  • Monthly virtual live demonstrations
  • Ongoing support
  • Monthly live Q and A sessions
  • Exclusive instructor community
  • CPD options at reduce rates
  • Business challenges throughout the year

Become an instructor

Our aim is to train you to be able to deliver a really flexible way of offering fun Music and Movement sessions either face to face or virtually.  Let us share with you our recommended structure for our Music and Movement babies class (0-18 months) and our toddler class (18 months to 5 years) as well as tips for leading sessions in a variety of settings including Music and Movement birthday parties and workshops.

Who can train as a Music and Movement instructor?

There are no pre requisites but the may be useful for the following professions: teachers, teaching assistants, yoga teachers, baby massage instructors, health professionals, early years workers, child care professionals and children’s centre staff.
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5 unique specially composed songs

Our instructor course includes the use of 5 specially created songs which are professionally recorded to support the structure of these exciting sessions. 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need any qualifications to start the course?

There are no pre requisites but the may be useful for the following professions: teachers, teaching assistants, yoga teachers, baby massage instructors, health professionals, early years workers, child care professionals and children’s centre staff.

Is there any additional work such as case studies to complete?

Yes following the theory and practical elements of the course you will be required to plan and delivery the following:
Plan and deliver a group case study with at least 4 parents and babies/ children over 4 sessions.  
We advise on the course how best to find the volunteers.

Do I need to be able to play an instrument?

No not at all. The course is written in a way it assumes that instructors do not play an instrument but we do give advice for those to can play or wish to learn on how to integrate them into the classes.

Do I need to be able to sing?

No not at all. You just need an enthusiasm for sharing music and movement with children. 

Do I need to do training to run my own music and movement classes?

There are no legal regulations for the training you need to set up music and movement classes for children in your local community hall for example. Some people may choose to set up their own class structure and run their classes. However our course is offering you our years of experience in running these sessions for parents and their children, our fun, active, lively and sensory filled class structures, along with our 5 composed chosen songs and all the support around this. 

Will I be a qualified music teacher or music therapist when I complete the course?

No -  this course DOES NOT train you to become a qualified music teacher or therapist you would need to undertake specialist training over a number of years, often at university to be able to do that. What is does do is offer you a great fun and sensory filled way to be able to run simple and interactive music and movement sessions within the community. 

What extra support do I get? 

  • Support from your online tutor
  • Downloadable resources containing 
  • Option to buy a paper manual (online courses only) 
  • Manual included in face to face courses
  • Ongoing support throughout your post course self directed study
  • Access to monthly Zoom webinars with Founder Julie Cleasby on a range of topics including massage and baby yoga updates and also business set up
  • Access to monthly Zoom yoga circles
  • Access to instructors and fellow trainees via social media and online links
  • To Baby and Beyond's academy newsletter
  • Opportunities for discounts on further courses.
  • Access to further reduced cost study and CPD events
Meet the instructor

Libby Shone

For the last 10 years, Libby Shone has developed a successful balance between professional musician, vocal coach, and entertainment industry advisor. While studying for her BMus in Popular Music Performance at the London College of Music, Libby formed and ran her own function/covers band (“Straight Up” and “Re-Play”), both of which performed on a weekly basis at various venues in Central London as well as being hired for weddings, birthdays, and other corporate events. She also ran iSing, a jam night in Acton that focused on vocalists. She was able to share her singing experiences with the Diploma and First Year Degree students, offering valuable performance advice, tips on vocal techniques and generally supporting them in their musical journey. Libby continues to teach vocal skills privately in her home and has expanded to studio singing, live performance and theory lessons. Her understanding approach as well as being able to “practise what you preach” has made her an extremely popular choice as a singing teacher.

Libby has been able to amalgamate these skills as owner of Music and Me in London, an exciting company that focuses on developing children’s musical interests from an early age. Libby takes the lead with her guitar and confident vocal style, using physical movement and interactive music-making to allow adults to support their child’s creative development as well as helping to build the child-caregiver relationship in a positive and fun way!
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructor and our EARLY YEARS ADVISOR

Jessica Barnaschone

Jessica is an experienced and practising primary school teacher and further education tutor, with a specialism in Early Years education. Masters degree in Early Years Education at the UCL Institute of Education at Distinction level. She has over 18 years of experience working with children of all ages and is passionate about helping parents and carers to lay good foundations with their child from the early stages of childhood.

Jessica is our in house Early Years Consultant at To Baby and Beyond, this makes sure we are up to date with the latest research and developments in education and child development. She has a sound understanding of current national frameworks and policies and also endeavours to familiarise herself with international frameworks in order to meet the needs of our international students. Jessica uses this knowledge to provide specialist support and guidance to To Baby and Beyond and inform our courses and professional development provision.

Jessica has worked along side Libby in her music and movement classes at Music and Me classes for a number of years and has seen how much the children and families gain from these.

Jessica facilitates the infant massage, baby yoga and toddler yoga, music and movement instructor courses in London and across the South East. She is also our distance and online learning lead tutor for the instructor courses.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructor

Julie Cleasby

Julie is a registered paediatric nurse, specialising in child health and development, a registered health visitor and Early Years first aider. She is an experienced infant massage, baby yoga and toddler yoga instructor and qualified trainer. She has extensive experience in writing and delivering courses in both the public (NHS) and private sectors. She is also a qualified clinical hypnotherapist, paediatric hypnotherapist EFT and NLP practitioner, life coach and hypnobirthing educator.

Julie has worked with women and their families for over 26 years. She has a wealth of experience with women in the antenatal and postnatal periods and a variety of teaching experience and expertise in child health issues and infant and child development .

Julie is also a mother of twins and understands the importance and impact of positive touch on bonding as she has seen it ‘first hand’.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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