Introducing Stringbabies®

It’s lovely to be able to highlight educational schemes, and today I’m giving centre stage to  Stringbabies®. Developed by cellist, Kay Tucker,  Stringbabies® focuses on teaching small children all about music and inparticular, bowed string instruments. Here Kay explains all about her company.

Stringbabies® is a holistic approach for teaching general musicianship and bowed strings to children from the age of 3 years. Over the past 8 years, Stringbabies® has gained a reputation for significantly enhancing sight-reading and aural skills through a programme which is engaging, interactive and tremendous fun. The approach was developed by cellist Kay Tucker, who has many years of teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities. Kay is also an Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and a Music Mentor for Music for Youth.

Stringbabies® students learn to sing and play simple songs based around the tuning and technical progression on their instruments. At the same time they learn a notation system based around shapes which progresses very naturally into conventional notation. An important part of the learning process involves the children in making their own compositions and taking part in fun games, often using soft toys to add to the fun.

Stringbabies® was initially devised for cello and later adapted for violin and viola. Books outlining the approach were first published in 2006 and have since received favourable reviews from the European String Teachers Association, the American String Teachers Association and the Australian String Teachers Association.  In October 2010, the cello books received the Review of the month accolade from Music Teacher Magazine, who later in 2012 ran a feature on Stringbabies.

The approach was originally devised with the 3 to 6 year age range in mind, but it has not stayed in its ‘box’ and has been used to help older children with remedial note reading issues and special needs. It has also been used with none musically literate adults! Subsequently, Stringbabies® as an approach has been adopted by teachers in schools and private practice throughout the UK and abroad and it is currently being delivered as a first access programme in two major music services; Surrey Arts and Music Cornwall.

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Director; Stringbabies Ltd.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.

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