(Today’s Author is Carol from MWM Paignton)
So, we’re just about finished for another year, where did 2018 go?
It’s been such a fun term, Christmas is the best isn’t it! I’ve got one last day of festive music classes on Monday at Marldon, registers to finalise for January, and then I’m definitely signing off for the year. I’m so behind on my own Christmas prep at home, think I better start writing some cards and buying some presents this week!
There have been a few changes in MWM locally during 2018, Charlotte started classes back in April, and Jenny finished running her classes at the end of November to go back to teaching in the classroom, so now your 4 local music muskateers are sadly down to 3. Jenny worked very hard with much passion and enthusiasm for her families who came to her classes in Babbacombe, and I know they will miss her very much, as will I as part of our team. (We will keep in touch though, especially as we’ve discovered we have a mutual interest in gin, wine and cocktails! Who knew!)
Talking of which, (music classes, not cocktails!) because of Jenny leaving, we are now on the look out for someone new to join the team to take on the South Hams areas and start up some new sessions potentially in Totnes, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, or anywhere in between!
For those of you who don’t know, I’ll explain a little bit more about Music with Mummy and how the company works.
Music with Mummy has been running for about 26 years now and was developed by husband and wife team, David and Diane Cox, from their home in Alresford, Hampshire. David (who has sadly passed away now) was a professional musician and he wrote all the super original songs that you sing with us, and also played the instruments you hear on our backing music. Diane was a nursery school teacher and she wrote the learning and teaching element that is key and unique to our fun programme.
It became so successful that they decided to invite other people to come and start running their own sessions so that more families could take advantage of what the programme has to offer. And then Music with Mummy, the national company, was born and now runs all around the UK and in Australia.
I have been running sessions in Torbay since 2007 and started with just 3 small groups (very small to begin with) but in time your classes grow and up until a couple of years ago I was running sessions on 4 days taking 18 classes per week plus a weekly visit to Stoke Fleming Primary School to run a class there for them. So, very busy! In fact, I was finding it all a bit too much to do to be honest, but because I don’t like to let anybody down, I found I was needing to keep starting new sessions for families. So, when Jenny came on board a couple of years ago running her fabulous sessions in Torquay, that enabled me to cut back somewhat and now I run a much more manageable 11 sessions a week on 3 days. By Friday I’m still exhausted, but because of the smiles, fun and laughter that we have together it’s all worth it!
Now that Jenny has moved to pastures new, our team in South Devon looks like this:
Carol (that’ll be me!) runs sessions on Mondays and Fridays at Marldon Village Hall and also on Thursdays at Goodrington Methodist Church.
Charlotte from January will be running sessions at Cockington Court on Mondays, The Spark Studio in Brixham on Tuesdays, and at Cary Park Dance Studio in Babbacombe on Wednesdays.
And Louise runs her classes from her home in Kingsteignton on Mondays and Fridays.
You can see the timetables for January 2019 below:
If you might be interested in finding out more about how you could start your own business running classes in the South Hams areas, or anywhere else around the country, please get in touch and I can pass your details to our regional co-ordinator in Somerset. But in a nutshell, after training, you become a franchisee and you start your own business in your own allocated territory. You can run as many or as few sessions as you want, and you pay a monthly fee to the company for the rights to use the music and teaching materials. The best bit for me (apart from working with the lovely families) is the fact that you are your own boss and you get to set your routine and make your own decisions.
You can watch a short video in the link below from some of our other franchisees around the country to tell you a bit more about it.
It’s hard work, it takes time to establish, but if you love music and singing, have experience of working with young children, are willing to put your heart and soul into something, and don’t mind making a bit of a fool of yourself at times, then this could be something for you!
So on that note, I’m off to finally decorate my Christmas tree, maybe have a mulled wine, and am logging off the blog for the Christmas holidays. Wishing you all a super happy family time with your nearest and dearest, and look forward to seeing you all back in the new year. Thank you one and all for another super year of musical fun!
Love Carol (and Eddie!) x x x