My name is Ah Yee Watters. I am a qualified Primary School Teacher and have been teaching 3-7 year olds for 12 years. I was trained to teach all subjects including music, I mainly taught percussion instruments to my loyal subjects over my 12 years of teaching. But as we evolved into the 21st century, technology has taken over our classrooms and the need for music has declined!
KidsRocK has rekindled a passion for adults (including me) and their children everywhere, whereby children can have both enjoyment and learn new life skills! Instead of tapping at buttons, staring at whiteboards, they can handle and experience real life music to enhance their own learning.
As I became an adult ?KidsRocKer? I was amazed by the amount of work and effort put into the planning and delivery. I am still learning new songs and experiences myself as well as learning the guitar again! I haven't played since high school. In the past I have dabbled in instruments such as the clarinet and piano (hoping now I can learn to play it properly when Chris can fit me in!).
When I am not KidsRocKing, I like baking, singing to my dog and kids (although they often complain about my karoke on the Wii!) or work as a 'mum's taxi' for my 2 daughters, Josie (11) and Lori (6½). I love watching and singing to Mama Mia and Les Miserable (the films) but I can't wait to watch them on stage too but I don't think they will allow me to sing along!
I also take classes for adults with special needs.
Madeleine has been workshop-leading, directing and producing shows, and teaching drama and dance, to everyone from babies to adults, for 11 years. She has specialised in working with people with disabilities and learning difficulties, for organisations like; MENCAP and The Bury Met Arts Centre. Madeleine has also received training from Chickenshed Inclusive Theatre Company, among others, and the National Theatre. She is also trained in MAKATON signing levels 1-4. Madeleine has grade 7 RAD ballet training and has performed in many styles of dance, including Lancashire Clog! Madeleine also gained a PTLLS teaching qualification; "Madeleine is very smiley and approachable...giving lots of positive encouragement...perfect for teaching..." Course Tutor.
I grew up around music, dancing and the arts. I'm passionate about creativity, and love the fact that rhythm and imagination are a fundamental part of us all. I have played the piano and the guitar in the past, and am now picking the guitar back up; which is great fun! Over the last few years I have been developing unique sessions which involve music and song. I'm passionate about helping children to explore music, and about bringing it alive for them. I believe in KidsRocK and the way it brings families together, and enriches every child's development. I have always brought my own children to KidsRocK classes and recognise the importance of giving these experiences, and opportunities for expression to everyone. I am delighted to bring my range of skills, training and expertise together, to become part of the KidsRocK team. And I'm excited to be able to share KidsRocK with as many children as possible! Look out for more Drama popping up in future KidsRocK sessions....
I am also available for birthday parties.
I'm Fi. I've been KidsRocKing now for over 8 years (with a break to give birth to my own little rock star.) I wasn't going to come back, but Chris told me she was going to bash me over the head with the neck of her guitar and I said ''is that a fret?!'' and well, here I am. I'm hoping that joke struck a chord with some of you.
I love children. I love working with children. I love music. I love playing the drums. I don't love playing the guitar but have to. Put it all together and what have you got – KidsRocK! And I love it.
My name is Natalie and I am the newest recruit to the KidsRocK team!
I first attended KidsRocK classes when my little one was a few months old and I immediately fell in love with the emphasis on guitar, music and the bonding that it provided between me and my little boy. In fact, I wish I had taken him sooner. I love how each session is different, with props, singing and dances, so it’s always fresh and it is great to see babies, toddlers and adults all experiencing and gaining so much in each session.
I bring enthusiasm, fun and learning to KidsRocK sessions, as well as my guitar or ukulele for us all to sing along to!
Before having a baby, I was a primary school teacher and so love working with children and seeing them learn and have fun.
A few things about me:
Favourite place: Palmitos Park in Gran Canaria as I love animals
Favourite food: Pickled onion Monster Munch!
Favourite song: If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands
Hi, my name is Shaun Gibson.
I like to keep myself busy most of the time and I always have a smile on my face, but one of the things I'm not a fan of is writing about myself, so I'll try and keep this brief! I've always had a passion for music and performing, I studied Performing Arts for two years at high school and a further two years at college. I loved the acting singing and dancing, though I just do that around my living room now!
I've been working with children for about five years, volunteering at my former primary school to direct their school productions. I also support two youth theatres, where I work with children and adults with additional needs. More recently I've started work on other projects putting on weekly, inclusive performances, which include puppets, music and acting, for children aged 0-4. In the summer of 2015 I was introduced to KidsRock, and my life has changed. (I put this in because the boss is reading). When I'm not spending time with puppets, I work at The Met Theatre in Bury as a Front of House assistant. I love this job as it gives me the opportunity to watch all sorts of theatre and musicians which I wouldn't normally get to see.
I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've done with KidsRock and I am looking forward to everything I do in the future with them. The sessions are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and you'll definitely leave with a spring in your step.
That wasn't too brief was it?