Early years music specialist


I believe that for projects involving musicians working in early years settings to be effective they should be a collaboration between the musican, the educators, the setting and the parents. At the centre of this should be a shared image of the child as strong, competent and a creative learner right from birth. Any music experiences planned should be based on an understanding of children's inherent and existing musicality. We should all see ourselves as learners and researchers in this process and nurture an environment where truly reflective practise and dialogue can flourish. Every early years setting and each community has different purposes, aims and needs. Our challenge as musicians is to be sensitive to this and work together with mutual respect for the best interests of the children and their families and with a view to our work being sustainable.


Nancy Evans is Director of Learning and Participation for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group [BCMG] and a freelance musician and trainer working in early years education. She studied as a trumpet player at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester then taught primary music in Ramallah, Palestine for three years before completing an MA in Community Music MA at the University of York. Nancy has worked as a musician in a range of early years settings, on long and short-term projects for a variety of organisations in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Currently, she is musician-in-residence at Addereley Children's Centre in Birmingham. She is also working as a research assistant for Exeter University as part of the MIROR Project - an EU funded project researching new interactive music software developed by SONY France. In collaboration with Cynthia Knight, former director of St Thomas Children’s Centre, she devised and co-led, Musical Moonbeams, a professional development project involving musicians working in Childrens' Centres across Birmingham.

Nancy has conceived and led training programmes for musicians and early years practitioners working in early years settings for a range of organisations including: Birmingham City Council; Sound Futures (Birmingham’s Youth Music Action Zone); Make Some Noise (Staffordshire’s Youth Music Action Zone); Wolverhampton City Council; The London Symphony Orchestra; The Wigmore Hall; MusicLeader West Midlands; The University of York; 20,000 Voices; The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; and, ARCPA (the Arab Resource Centre for Popular Arts), Beirut. She is the main author of Tuning in to Children, a Youth Music publication created to support Youth Music’s Cluster programme which involved orchestral and other musicians working in Children’s Centres across England.

Nancy is passionate about Arab culture and continues to work in Lebanon for Al Jana, the Arab Resource Centre for Popular Arts, training youth workers from Palestinian refugee camps to create music with young people.


Tuning in to Children
Let's Listen, Let's Compose, Let's Perform
Open the Door to Music
moonbeams 1  
How to catch a moonbeam and pin it down   The Journey of an Idea - Moonbeams 2



Early years music online resource on www.teachingmusic.org.uk including videos and commentary.


Evans, Nancy (2007). The Journey of and Idea - Moonbeams 2’. Paper presented at Practising Research: Researching Practice, EUNET MERYC (European Network for Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children) conference, Nicosia, Cyprus, June 2007

Nancy Evans (2009). 'The Changing Role of the Visiting Musician' (abstract). Paper presented at the 4th Conference of the European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children. Bologna, Italy, July 2009.

Nancy Evans (2011). 'Exploring the Visual Mark-making of Children age 3-4 within Music Contexts' (proceedings). Presented at the 5th Conference of MERYC. Helsinki, Finland, July 2011.



Youth Music Network
Adderley Children's Centr
Al Jana - Arab Resource Centre for Popular Arts

ISME Early Childhood Music Education Commission (ECME)
ERYC European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children
Sightlines Initiative
Music One2One
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG)



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