Our Mission Statement

Babies, toddlers and young children have a right to the highest quality musical experiences.

We will
* Encourage music as an intrinsic part of a child’s life learning from birth

* Give every child a chance to experience music

* Nurture individual and creative learning

* Provide the highest quality training in early childhood music making and resources

* Nurture collaborative bridges between learning, health and wellbeing

Early Childhood Music

Young children, toddlers and babies have the right to musical experiences that nurtures physical, intellectual and emotional development, communication, and increases life chances for the most vulnerable.

Musical experiences will be

  • Of the highest quality
  • Developmentally appropriate
  • Respectful of the child’s age and ability
  • Progressive, creative and child-led
  • Respectful of cultural diversity, and are inclusive
  • Respectful of, and nurture peer and adult engagement
  • Musically relevant and engaging
  • Relevant to the health, wellbeing and social development of early childhood
  • Up to date with materials, practice approaches and topics
  • Open-minded, and continue to collaborate with likeminded organisations, professionals and policy makers nationally and internationally

Statement of Commitment to Quality
The Music House for Children is a not for profit organisation established in 1994. The Music House for Children provides musical experiences in nursery schools, early years groups, and schools, as well as private tuition in homes across London. Training teachers to be skilled early years music practitioners, musical storytelling shows and workshops all take place regularly, in addition to concerts and performances each year. We work closely with the state, voluntary and private sector to ensure all babies and children are given equal opportunities in developing creativity and life skills through musical opportunities.

The Music House for Children provides group music lessons at its school in London, including baby classes, music appreciation classes and instrumental tuition. We provide a range of music and arts workshops for young children up to secondary ages. Workshops take place during holiday times or weekends. Each year we present a pupil’s concert in Bush Hall, our sister company’s performance hall. Concerts include all group pupils and those having lessons at home. Other regular performances include early years music shows, carol concerts and summer events.

Emma Hutchinson, Founder and Director advocates a belief that music breaks down language barriers and provides children with crucial life skills in an increasingly competitive world. With over 80 registered freelance tutors, The Music House for Children has supported many thousands of children in musical learning since 1994. Our tutors and workshop leaders are qualified, CRB checked and specialised in their subject.

The Music House for Children’s music programmes constantly evolves to reflect the needs of different cultures and needs. We train our early years work force to provide sensitive and live musical experiences to very young children including those with additional needs such as language delay and autism. We aspire to the highest quality of delivery and draw on approaches such as Reggio Emilia, Dalcroze and Kodaly for provision of rich and child-initiated musical learning. Instilling a sense of true musical enjoyment and curiosity remains at the core of our philosophy. Our committed tutors love what they do, and help to pass on a love of music to their pupils, however young or old.

Bush Hall Group

The Music House for Children (est 1994)
The Music House for Children is a not for profit organisation. Projects and special events are supported by fee-payers and fund providers including Youth Music, Arts Council England, BBC Children in Need and others. Provision of the highest quality musical experiences helps to create life benefits for all our pupils. We support hard to reach families, families with limited financial means and children with additional needs in a range of music provision, workshops and celebratory events at our school. Much of our work is underpinned by a robust ethos of learning through play, as well as nurturing child-initiated activity and learning.

Bush Hall Music (est 2000)
Bush Hall is The Music House for Children’s sister company and performance hall. Bush Hall supports The Music House for Children in annual concerts for children, baby music lessons, holiday workshops, musical shows and regular training events for early childhood educators and musicians. Bush Hall is a concert platform for national and international artists, as well as supporting more diverse groups in various events and fund-raisers.

A Little Birdsong (est 2009)
A Little Birdsong provides high quality instruments, music books and accessories to support musical experiences for very young children in the nursery, early childhood settings and at home. A number of journals and case studies are also available for educators and parents to download.

Bush Hall Dining Rooms (est 2013)
Bush Hall Dining Rooms provides an attractive and family friendly space for children, artists and visitors to enjoy food and special occasions.

The Group provides a unique brand of music education, training and performance encompassed by high quality resources and the chance to enjoy time with friends and family after lessons and concerts. The Group is active in its efforts to retain the highest quality provision locally, nationally and internationally.

Updated September 2014