Úna Shea, BMus(Hons), AMI Dip
Music making should not be exclusive, but should be accessible to all who wish to participate. Throughout my childhood, I was given many opportunities to grow and learn in child-centered settings. As a Montessori student, I gained independence, confidence, and a vast number of academic and social skills through being part of a space that was so dedicated to my personal development. This was complemented greatly by Suzuki violin lessons, which encouraged a self-directed work ethic and intentional connection to musicality in a natural way.
These opportunities paved the way for me to gain a first class BMus (Hons) in violin performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, an Teaching Diploma in ages 0-3 from the Association Montessori Internationale, and begin my journey as a certified Suzuki violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Alongside these accomplishments, I am also completing MA in Music Psychology in Performance, Education and Wellbeing.
Upon joining a Montessori community as a teacher for the first time, it struck me just how much making music augments an everyday routine, and I was reminded of all the wonderful opportunities that were given to me to express myself through this outlet. Our Montessori Melodies is the natural extension of my experiences both in the classroom, and as a trained musician.
It is my aim to create resources for all, to encourage informal musical experiences that work towards building community and wellbeing. You do not have have to be a trained musician to make music, and I strive to create a support network to foster child-centered music making practice for all.