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Rhythm Time Shortlisted for Top Local Awards

Rhythm Time in Shrewsbury have been shortlisted in three categories of the 'Businesses for Children Awards 2015'. These Awards in Shropshire have been set up to recognise activities for children that educate, support or provide activities for our future generations.

Julia Casperd, local Rhythm Time franchisee, is delighted with these nominations.  She has run Rhythm Time music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in the Shrewsbury area for the last 14 years. Her classes have been shortlisted in three different categories: Best Baby Activity, Best Franchise and Best Under Fives Educational Activity.

Posted: 23rd Feb 2015 | Read the full article…

Giving Young Babies the Best Start in Life

Multi-sensory Young Baby Course

Young babies (from birth to 6 months) throughout the UK are enjoying a specially-created course to enhance their development.  The course, developed by Kathy Doolan (a music teacher and graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama), focuses on bespoke multi-sensory musical activities designed to stimulate a young baby's senses, and enhance their physical and neurological development at this crucial age.

Kathy, founder and MD of Rhythm Time, and her franchisees, are rolling out these tailored 4-week young baby courses throughout the UK and have received excellent feedback so far from the high number of parents attending the courses.

Posted: 11th Feb 2015 | Read the full article…

My first year as a Rhythm Time Franchisee

By Sarah Scott, Rhythm Time franchisee for Sheffield and North Derbyshire

"I can’t believe I’ve been running my own Rhythm Time session for over a year now. Sometimes it feels like I’ve only just started, other times I feel like I’ve been part of the Rhythm Time team for ever! In a good way, of course!

Talking about the team, it’s so great to know that I have Head Office behind me whenever I need them. I am a worrier, as they all know, so when I wake up at 5am thinking about whether I’ve ordered my notes for the next term yet, or I’ve missed some other deadline, I can drift off again knowing that my colleagues at head office will sort me out as soon as they get in the office (not usually at 5am, but you can’t have everything!)

Posted: 13th Jan 2015 | Read the full article…

More giggles funded by Rhythm Time Cheshire for Manchester Children's Hospital

Frances Donkin presenting a cheque for £1600 to Humphrey for Manchester Children's Hospital

It's been another highly successful fundraising campaign for Rhythm Time Cheshire as they raise a massive £1600 for Manchester Children's Hospital! During October 2014 the children's music classes held 119 pyjama parties throughout Cheshire and North Staffs. and all the children attended their regular session in their pyjamas and brought along their teddies to join in the fun.

Frances Donkin, award-winning Rhythm Time music franchise owner in Cheshire, and her teachers have supported this event for the last few years. "Our aim was to raise funds to help finance “Giggle Doctors” who visit the sick children in hospital," quotes Frances. "These 'doctors' provide quality 'play' time and entertain the children, to distract from what is often a distressing and upsetting environment.  Sadly, this is not something that the NHS can fund and we were delighted to be able to offer our support and bring some fun and relief to the children," she adds.

Posted: 17th Nov 2014 | Read the full article…

Pyjama Party Fun for Local Hospital

Jo Downes with members of her Rhythm Time class in Stone

Babies, toddlers and even some parents have been pulling on their pyjamas to help raise valuable funds for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire's Neonatal Unit. 

Rhythm Time music classes for babies and toddlers are fundraising in their class on this week at St Dominic's Social Centre.  

Posted: 5th Nov 2014 | Read the full article…

Tour de Rhythm Time

Rhythm Time music classes join in the fun of the Tour de France 2014

It’s going to be an exciting race to the finish for Rhythm Time parents and carers as they join in the Tour de France celebrations at their music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, local Rhythm Time franchisee, Lynne O’Malley and her teachers are organising a variety of ‘Tour de France’ activities in their classes.  One such challenge involves the creation of a giant ‘yellow chain’ made up of individual chains created by the children and their mums, dads and carers who attend Rhythm Time music classes.  This will be then be used in classes for a number of musical activities.

Posted: 18th Jul 2014 | Read the full article…

Time to discover the magic of music

Rebecca Bull yearned for a musical career.

When deciding her options before doing GCSE music, she took part in a test which said her ideal career would be running her own music shop.

She laughs at the recollection. "I always loved that, and I always wanted to be a musician or work somewhere in music," she says.

Posted: 18th Jul 2014 | Read the full article…

Rhythm Time Music Franchise in Cheshire Helps to Fund Giggle Doctors for Manchester Childrens Hospital

Music Franchise owner Frances Donkin with cheque for Manchester Children's Hospital

It's been another successful fundraising year for Rhythm Time in Cheshire.  Amongst several fundraising events during 2013, their latest has involved running 92 pyjama parties at their music classes to raise money for Manchester Children's Hospital.

Frances Donkin, award-winning Rhythm Time music franchise owner in Cheshire, and her teachers have supported this event for the last few years. This year, their aim was to raise money to help finance 'Giggle Doctors' to go round the wards and entertain the young patients.

Posted: 19th Dec 2013 | Read the full article…

Pre-Schoolers get the Rhythm!

Rhythm Time Franchisee Lynne O'Malley

Brand new Rhythm Time pre-school classes will be available in the new year in Baildon Link. Continuing demand for the award-winning children's music classes has meant the creation of extra sessions on Thursdays at 11.20am.  The pre-school classes focus on continuing the children's musical education: they'll learn about pitch, dynamics, conducting, moving expressively to music, rhythm and learning to sing in tune. All this is done through a variety of fun games and activities using puppets and high quality musical instruments.

Posted: 5th Dec 2013 | Read the full article…

Two Children's Music Businesses Create a Musical Journey for Youngsters

Children's Music Entrepreneurs Kathy Doolan and Amy Cunningham

Two local children's music organisations have teamed up to create even more opportunities for young children to develop their musical skills.

Rhythm Time and The Strings Club, both based in Solihull, are working together to ensure that youngsters can enjoy music from birth right up to the age of 12.

Posted: 27th Nov 2013 | Read the full article…