We are Carol Holbrow and Jenny Smith and we are your local class teachers for Torbay. Music with Mummy is a long established and well respected early years musical education program that has been running for 25 years around the UK and in South Devon for over 10 years now. Read on to find out a bit more about us and why we love what we do!
Carol is mum to two grown up boys and has been running classes in Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth for over 10 years now. She is a qualified Early Years Practitioner who takes great satisfaction being involved in children’s learning and development, but who also has a passion for music. She grew up surrounded by music and singing as her Grandmother was a piano teacher and her Dad also enjoyed playing the piano and singing every day. From an early age she discovered the great pleasure that you can get from music-making, and music has continued to be a big part of her life since then. She played many instruments as a child, including the piano, flute, and various brass instruments as part of a band, but she always made sure that she had a go at any instrument that came her way!
She has worked in various early years settings over the past 17 years or so, including preschool and nursery environments, and also at a local primary school where part of her role became planning and delivering the weekly music sessions to the reception class children. However, she wanted to get away from the formal style of teaching in schools and back to a more relaxed approach to learning for the under 5’s and getting to know their families too, so when she discovered Music with Mummy in 2007, it was the perfect opportunity to combine her two favourite things of children and music. She started with just 2 small classes in September 2007, and now over ten years on, she gets to see well over 150 children per week and she says she feels very privileged to be a part of so many little people’s lives.
Jenny runs her sessions at Babbacombe in Torquay. She qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 2004 and loved teaching throughout the Primary age range for 10 years at two different schools in Hampshire. As her husband is in the Royal Air Force, they relocated to Torquay to be nearer the support of their wonderful family when welcoming their two children into the world. She has always had a passion for working with young children and watching them grow and develop and, whilst enjoying this with her own children for the last three years, she felt it was time for a new start in the form of a new career.
Growing up Jenny played various instruments, including the piano and loved singing. She joined her first choir in Primary School and continued to sing in different choirs throughout her school and university education. Jenny was first introduced to Music with Mummy when she joined Carol’s classes in Marldon with daughter Isabelle in 2013. Together they’ve enjoyed Jolly Babies, Music with Mummy and Three-Four Time. Isabelle loved the fun and interactive nature of the sessions and Jenny has enjoyed watching her daughter grow in musical skills but also in self-confidence. And Jenny has enjoyed it so much, she wanted to start her own classes here in Devon and now Jenny has been a Music with Mummy teacher in Torquay since April 2016 and is loving every moment.