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Mary teaching musical youth value of education.

Byline: DANIELLE BRERETON

A NEW business is teaching musical youth the value of education.

Mary Heard says Rhythm Time helps children with "development and mental stimulation" and could be vital to their schooling.

With classes in Rhyl, Llandudno and Denbigh, Mary works independently teaching musical development classes to babies, toddlers and pre-school children.

She believes her son Lincoln, who is nearly two years old, has an improved education because of the classes and the amount of time she can spend with him.

Mary has held the franchise for more than a year, and said mother and baby sessions for babies under 14 months old stimulate all of the senses through classical music and instruments with a variety of textures and colours, as well as bubbles and rocking to the rhythm of the music.

Mary, a qualified music teacher, told Business Post: "I was a teacher for four years but found there was a market to be filled in the North Wales area when I was on maternity leave.

"The nearest music classes were in Chester, which was a bit far to travel.

"Both of my baby classes in Rhyl are always full."

Mary is looking to expand the business eventually with more funding and advertising.

She said: "At nearly two years old my son can walk, talk and has started to read.

"The highlight of my job is being with Lincoln through his early years, and because it doesn't feel like a job I can see myself doing this for a long time."

Mary revealed as well as heightening the senses and being a valuable education tool the classes help babies develop balance and eye tracking ability, stimulating both sides of the brain.

"For toddlers from 14 months to around three and a half years old, the sessions encourage independence, confidence and creativity," she added. "The toddlers pick their own instruments and practice rhythm. It feels like we are creating music together and I love seeing so many smiling faces."

For information, call 01745 350009 or visit www.rhythmtime.net.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 25, 2011
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