Dr. Clare Seymour
Musician, Educator, Psychologist
Who's behind musicbuds?
Clare enjoys a portfolio musical career; teaching, composing, consulting, offering workshops, presentations and seminars, and researching EYs music. Recent commissions include compositions for the BBC 'Bring the Noise' campaign. She also works as a Music-Education Consultant for the BBC. Clare loves travelling the world as an international music examiner where she gets to work with so many interesting teachers and pupils.
Clare started her professional orchestral life as a Guildhall graduate. Her focus gradually shifted towards teaching Early Years' music and her interests broadened to encompass child-development and music therapy. She gained BSc(Hons) and MSc degrees in Psychology. Then she followed this by combining these three passions – music, psychology and teaching – into successful doctoral study at the Institute of Education, London University. She is fascinated by the emerging research into just how valuable learning music is for brain development.
Clare's expertise comes from teaching in many settings: as a woodwind and pre-school specialist, to Head of Department in a number of schools. She has been recognised as an ‘outstanding’ teacher and has trained a number of award-winning school choirs both in the UK and Europe. She was awarded a DfES scholarship to explore creativity in the classroom, and this research continues to inform the ways in which she approaches teaching music.
Many of the Musicbuds' resources were written during a long-standing collaboration with Anna Clow.
As a graduate of the Froebel Institute in London, Anna is a specialist in Early Years' education. She uses music as an integral part of her practice, showing how the patterns of sound and rhythm serve as a precursor in enabling children to speak and use language well.
With a strong interest in Special Educational Needs in mainstream schools, Anna uses her knowledge to write lyrics with a strong pedagogical basis. Working with children on the autistic spectrum and with dyspraxia, she regularly uses music to enhance physical development - fine and gross motor skills - with a focus on spatial awareness, bilateral integration, crossing the midline and reciprocal movement.
Clare and Anna have presented Musicbuds in a variety of international settings, including the UK, Europe and Australasia. In 2018 Musicbuds was a finalist in the Teach Early Years' Excellence Awards.
Anna now supports Musicbuds in an advisory capacity, offering Clare much appreciated expertise, advice and guidance on an 'ad hoc' basis.
The musicbuds' journey
These music resources were created over many years. They started life as little ‘idea buds’ in music rooms and classrooms in a number of schools. They were then tended, moulded and loved by many young learners and their carers. Through the nurturing they received from all the participants during very many sessions, they blossomed into songs and musical activities with characters all of their own.
Musicbuds’ journey began with a friendship that quickly developed into a successful, creative, collaborative partnership between two specialists: Clare, a musician, and Anna, an Early Years practitioner. They combined their professional interests in order to produce highly effective teaching materials that they could both use within their own professional practices.
Over many years, they honed their craft – Clare through composing in a variety of styles/genres based upon musically-sound principles, and Anna by providing pedagogically-led learning foci and lyrics. The result became a set of songs that were developed into ‘foolproof’ music packs that many of their colleagues liked to use within their own teaching practices.
Clare and Anna initially used all their music resources together, forming a community Early-Years’ music initiative running sessions for the 0 – 7 year olds in Den Haag, Nederlands. Later, when they had both moved to different locations, they continued a ‘long-distance collaboration’ creating and developing even more music resources. The musical resources on this site are all 'tried and tested' over long periods of time. They have been created through our commitment to providing the absolute best quality teaching to our pupils. We hope you enjoy them!