Kindermusik by Jan is a family business that’s been running in Burgess Hill since 1998
and continues to offer music and movement classes of the highest quality from 0 – 7 year olds. Run locally in Mid Sussex, BURGESS HILL by Jan and Scott Holt, Kindermusik by Jan offers a unique and wonderful journey over 7 years from introducing first sounds and movements to babies, right through to teaching and developing real musicianship at primary school age.
I discovered Kindermusik in 1991 while being part of an Academy of Performing Arts in Cambridge, Ontario where I was performing and writing musicals. Straight away, I loved the programme. The creative and joyful way music was bring introduced to families in sessions as well as at home was the first thing I recognised. I loved how Kindermusik provided the possibility of a 7 year musical journey where children could have endless opportunities and go on to have a lifelong love of music.
There is not a time I can remember when music wasn’t a part of my life. Whether it was listening to my father play the piano, hearing my mother singing in the kitchen or playing her favourite opera music was always around us. Christmas gatherings were special times. My grandparents would bring the banjo and guitar and we would all sing our favourite songs. I took piano exams up to grade 8 and learned to play guitar but discovered my greatest love was to sing.
When I decided to pursue a career as a Junior school teacher I studied for my degree at Exeter University. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to study voice. In my spare time I was singing as much as possible. This was in the Exeter University Singers and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society as well. When I graduated I took up a teaching post in Surbiton teaching music throughout the school, running recorder groups, choirs and entering local music festivals.
Being a parent of 4 children has been the most important role of my life. Music has brought so much joy into our lives. Something I am very thankful for. Bringing that same joy to other families is what I love most about teaching Kindermusik.
My first memory of enjoying music was at the age of 4. With my brand new guitar I spent numerous hours singing and recording my very limited repertoire. My passion for music has never stopped since. Eventually, I built up to take my Grade 8 piano and theory exams with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto achieving First Class Honours. Trumpet is another instrument I love to play. In Canada I regularly toured and performed with Concert, Stage, Jazz and Dixieland bands. I have also sung in choirs and have taken leading roles in musical theatre productions.
Studying theatre at York University in Toronto, Ontario and The Academy of Performing Arts in Cambridge, Ontario led me to become a founding member of Theatre & Company. There I was not only acting but was also involved with stage managing and teaching international students.
I have been Jan’s administrator for Kindermusik since she began in 1998. Within five years, I became a Licensed Educator. The training is fantastic as it gives you a real understanding of how children learn best. I love teaching the 3 – 5’s and the 5 – 7’s because the programmes are highly creative. They include a lot of improvisation and give children such a unique start to music and education.
A big thank you to my four children. You have helped give me the experience I need to work with young children!
I have a BA (hons) degree in Drama and Music and a PGCE in Later Primary Years. I have taught full time at a Primary School in Lewes before embarking on my Theatre career. Between acting work I have taught for Stage Coach as well as numerous Summer Drama Camps for children of all ages.
I have been in many West End shows including, THE ENTERTAINER, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and JOLSON – THE MUSICAL), major UK and International tours (inc. MAMMA MIA!, MARY POPPINS, ANNIE, ANYTHING GOES and CRAZY FOR YOU), Royal Variety Shows and performing on cruise liners inc. the QEII.
I have a son, Louis (now 4 years old) who has regularly gone to Kindermusik classes for the last 2 years.
I am thoroughly looking forward to joining the Kindermusik team of facilitators.
I was very lucky to grow up in a musical household. We always had a piano in the house, which I started to learn when I was 6. Music was always being played, and my siblings and I used to make up dances and stories to go with it – I think this is a big part of why I think Kindermusik is so great. During the classes children are being exposed to a huge variety of music from all over the world and are being allowed to express themselves in a safe and nurturing environment. My two boys both love their Kindermusik classes, and I’ve noticed the way they both listen to, and appreciate, music has developed significantly.
Growing up I learnt the violin to Grade 7, and piano and singing to Grade 8. I took part in a large number of concerts, competitions and musicals, both in and out of school. I was even lucky enough to sing at the Theatre Royal in Brighton as part of a touring production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. I also joined the church choir when I was 10, which had a huge impact on my musical training. I went on to do a degree in Music Performance at Kingston University, followed by a Masters degree, also in music. Whilst at university I got my first piano pupil and it all snowballed from there. I was teaching piano and singing full-time before I knew it! I also got offered a job teaching music at a Montessori nursery, which I absolutely love, and I’ve been doing that now for about 10 years.
Shortly after I had my first son we moved back to Sussex, and I’ve been very busy since then being a mum to my two lovely boys. Now feels like the perfect time for me to join the Kindermusik team, and I’m very excited!