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Melanie Cossins BA (Hons) Cache Dip 3 CPD Cert Early Years Music has been teaching music to children for over fifteen years and built up a wealth of experience working with parents and young children, nurseries, junior and infants, as well as adults. She is proud to have worked with the Wakefield Theatre Royal Performance Academy as a singing tutor; she also led adult mental health and wellbeing singing groups and sessions for vulnerable teenagers. In 2017 she secured substantial funding from Wakefield Council Culture Cures to run creative projects for mental health and wellbeing, around the district.

Much of her youth was spent dancing where she competed against Melanie Brown (aka Spice Girl Mel B) and she was also a member of the Wakefield Youth Choir. At school she played clarinet and saxophone however left music behind, believing she was not “musical enough”!

Her intention on leaving university was to work in television, however after suffering severe depression her path changed. During her time living in Poole, she joined a Performance Academy and started to lead singing with young children. It was at this point that she realised how much she loved singing and teaching. On finding out that she had Crohn’s Disease she returned back to her home town of Wakefield with her husband and set up Music for Minors (early years music classes).

Over the years she has been on many Kodály training courses and now works using this philosophy. In 2017 she travelled to Budapest in Hungary (home of Zoltán Kodály) to visit their nurseries where the Kodály philosophy is still practised and music is an essential part of their education system. She was lucky to have training from one of the top Hungarian Kodály tutors, Helga Dietrich, whilst there, as well as visiting Kodály’s home and the Kodály music institute in Kesckemét.

Singing is a massive part of her life. She truly believes that it has helped her mental health and wellbeing and she has seen the effects on other people too. Her interesting facts including appearing on the National Lottery Jetset programme, meeting Eamon Holmes, and looking around the Blue Peter Garden (then in London).

She is also a member of Musicians Union and Sound Sense.

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