The Joy of Music Workshop

£30.00 Inc VAT

This unique session demonstrates the immense power of music in the development of children, from the fundamental acquisition of language to life-long emotional wellbeing and brain growth. Ben will look at joy as a motivator for learning with reference to various themes. Liv will cover 4 Boogie Mites songs that will be available for you to trial, supporting the themes covered: ‘being joyful’, ‘being silly’, dinosaurs and bonding.

Recording available


With all the focus on learning goals and ‘catching up’ are we forgetting the importance of having fun, the wonder of joy? The pandemic made many adults anxious and this may have been passed on to children. The best antidote for anxiety is joy! Involvement in creative music making can promote release from anxiety, it can be a joyful experience for all involved – adults and children.

Early Years expert Ben Kingston-Hughes will be taking a fascinating journey into the neuroscience and evolutionary biology of music, highlighting why it is so important that we sing, dance and make silly noises with our children and how joyful, musical adults can have the most profound impact on children.

Boogie Mites Trainer Liv will teach you four songs that link with themes covered by Ben, and consider ways to include them alongside everyday play activities, linking them into stories, encouraging imagination, self-expression and creativity. Whether a parent or early years practitioner, you can trial the songs and watch the children take the ideas into their own play this summer.

This workshop promises to be joyful!

You will have access to a recording of the session for one week after the live date and access to the stories and songs forever.

This training session will be relevant for all teachers, carers and parents of children in early years (1-5 years).

Course Details

Watch a recording of the workshop which took place on 4th July 2022.

Cost: £30 per person (including VAT)

Course Content
  • Neuroscience evidence and evolutionary biology of music
  • How shared joyful experiences impact children’s development
  • Being joyful, being silly, dinosaurs and bonding!
  • Linking Boogie Mites songs with everyday activities to promote musical play
Digital Resources

Boogie Mites song resources will be available for you to access via our CustomerHub:

  • I Feel Alive
  • I Was In The Garden Fast Asleep
  • D’yathinkesaurus
  • Peek-a-Boo
Course Tutors

Ben Kingston-Hughes is an international keynote speaker, author and multi award-winning trainer. He is also the Managing Director of Inspired Children and has worked with vulnerable children across the UK for over 30 years. He has appeared on television several times working on a variety of children’s projects and his distinctive blend of humour, neuroscience and real-life practical experiences have made his training invaluable for anyone working with children. His new book, “A Very Unusual Journey into Play” was published in April 2022 and he is currently working on a book all about “Joy” in childhood.

Liv McLennan is a community musician and has worked for Boogie Mites as a tutor and trainer for 12 years. Liv has contributed to the compilation of Boogie Mites teacher training notes and workshops, she loves bringing the joys and benefits of music-making to everyone involved with children in the early years including parents, families and early childhood practitioners, and enabling everyone to find their musical voice.

Liv also runs music workshops with adults with long term health conditions (mental health, dementia and lung health conditions). She is a Director of Music for Wellbeing CIC. Liv has a music degree, performance diploma, certificate in music workshop skills, Certificate Music Education in Early Childhood, currently doing doctoral studies in inter-generational music making in care homes.


A CPD Certificate will be issued following completion of a short feedback form