Lily May from the Beat Goes On provided a workshop at the UCD 12th Early Years Conference; Inspiring Children’s Imagination bringing a practical, up on your feet workshop which supported the use of rhythm, song and music to enhance children’s learning.

The Beat Goes On, offer a range of percussive workshops, which draw on participants’ own ideas, as well as developing skills and knowledge. They promote the use of music as a means of encouraging well-being, for both individuals and teaching communities.

Delegates were taken on a journey throughout the workshop to understand the importance of rhythm, recall, and how music can support not just creative thinking but be used to allow children to flourish in all areas of the EYFS. What seemed like a simple rhyme allowed for physical development, the opportunity for curiosity and provided an enjoyable learning experience which could easily be replicated with children. The hands on approach allowed practitioners to try out things in a safe space. They left enthused, energised and excited about embedding music to their everyday practice with children.