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Parents and carers in Little Bees music class smiling and laughing



We (Nicola, Katie and Rosie) came together in 2020, having recognised our overlapping research interests as well as our mutual passion for family music-making to be valued and supported in this country. Over regular Zoom meetings, we developed our ideas and thinking, and together founded The Family Music Hub!

We teamed up with Early Education in 2022 to deliver the first phase of our work which (thanks to a grant from Youth Music) was an action research project working with librarians, family workers and volunteers in the West Midlands to discover more about their experiences working musically with families on the ground. 

In 2023 we were awarded a further grant from Youth Music to develop our organisation and establish our training programmes for family workers, and roll them out across areas of England.


Rosie Adediran

Rosie Adediran 

is a Director of The Family Music Hub and will be taking a lead on resources and content!

Outside of The Family Music Hub, she's an early years and family music practitioner, singer and songwriter. She loves to create new music with family groups, with a special interest in perinatal mental health. She founded award-winning ‘London Rhymes’ in 2015, an initiative that involves collaborating with families to create new songs and rhymes. She was a Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Ideas and Pioneers grantee in 2019, conducting research into the state of music provision across the UK for families, and is passionate about the role that music can play in the lives of families with young children.

Katie Neilson

Katie Neilson

is a Director of The Family Music Hub, taking a lead on all things research.

She’s also a music teacher working with children from birth to age 11 with a special interest in early childhood music education and research. In 2020, she completed her MA with CREC in which she explored musical parenting and new models of practice for family music classes. Katie has subsequently presented research at RiME 2021 and EUNet MERYC 2022(pdf).  She runs her own independent early childhood music practice, Little Bees, but also works nationally as a freelance practitioner training and mentoring EY and Primary school teachers. Katie has worked with Voices Foundation since 2008 and, in 2016, wrote their award winning book Inside Music: Early Years which is used extensively across the country.

Nicola Burke

Nicola Burke

is a Director of The Family Music Hub and is taking a lead on partnerships and strategy.

She is a respected researcher and consultant, currently the strategic leader of large workforce development initiatives taking place across Leicestershire and Birmingham, involving a range of arts and music organisations and Early Childhood services. She created the award-winning Tune into Listening free online resource and in 2018 wrote Musical Development Matters in the Early Years, a free downloadable resource to complement the EYFS guidance material, Development Matters in the EYFS. Nicola works nationally and internationally to strategically support organisations to develop their early childhood music programmes and initiatives. 

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