Susan Mulrain is celebrating her first anniversary of bringing much-needed music, movement and singing classes into the lives of babies and preschool children in the local area.
With a passion for singing and working with young children, Susan was a keen musician at school and in January 2013 after a long a career with the NHS as a radiographer she changed direction to follow her childhood dream and set up her own music franchise business with Jo Jingles (www.jojingles.com).
Susan, (35), who also took on the franchise to allow her to spend more quality time with her three children, talks about the importance of regular exposure to music: “Often the simple act of singing a song or moving to music is underestimated in terms of the dramatic impact it can have on children’s lives.
"Most of us instinctively understand that babies and toddlers react positively to us when we sing songs to them, but what we may not fully appreciate is how those endless repetitions of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” are a fundamental part of our baby’s mental, physical and social development, helping to “wire up” their brains ready for speech development.”
Susan believes that more needs to be done to educate parents on the emotional and physical benefits regular exposure to music and song can bring to a child in the early stages of their development.
“Whether it is helping with balance and coordination, building social skills, language and speech, building self-confidence or simply strengthening the bonds of trust and communication between parent and child, music really does tick all of the boxes and more”, continues Susan.
Susan intends to grow her classes in the Swindon, Newbury and Hungerford areas and reach out to local families who will benefit from attending classes. Free trial sessions are available.
Susan’s Jo Jingles sessions run throughout the week. See website for further details: www.jojingles.com/swindon2newbury