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Find a Jolly Music Trainer


Cyrilla Rowsell

After 11 years as a primary teacher, Cyrilla specialised in music education and is now one of the most experienced practitioners of the Kodály approach in the country. She is in great demand not only as a teacher, but also as a trainer and advisor to schools and education authorities. Currently Cyrilla teaches in a state primary school and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as well as running classes for adults. She hopes to set up the first British Kodály School.



David Vinden

After studying at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Holloway College, David taught for six years before embarking on two years of study at The Kodály Institute, in Hungary. On returning he worked at the Purcell School, becoming its director. He co-founded the Kodály Centre of London in 1992. He now lectures at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College of Music in London and teaches for the Colourstrings UK. He is in demand the world over as a leading Kodály exponent.



Will Green

Will Green has been a primary school teacher since 2001. In 2010 he became a full-time music specialist and began studying with the British Kodály Academy (BKA). This included attending two Summer Schools, completing both of the BKA’s Roehampton University accredited methodology courses and achieving distinctions in the elementary, intermediate and advanced musicianship courses. He has always used the Jolly Music series as the foundation of his planning with the Reception to Year 3 age group. He now teaches music, from Nursery to Year 6, in a large inner-city primary school with over 600 children. ‘Jolly Music develops musicianship through singing in carefully thought through, sequential and fun lessons for any whole-class setting: it works!’ Will is available year-round for training in the UK, and in the school holidays for training abroad.



Kevin Bolton

Kevin is a music teacher and trainer of many years’ experience, and has worked in a variety of educational settings with both children and adults. In his role as a member of the curriculum support team for Barnsley LEA, he provided whole-school staff training in music and ongoing CPD with individual practitioners. He was instrumental in bringing Jolly Music to the borough, where he saw it have a major impact on teaching and learning. ‘The logical structure and detailed lesson plans have given non-specialists, and specialists, the confidence to deliver music.’ Kevin holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Music from the University of Roehampton.



Martin Lijinsky

Having worked as a more conventional piano teacher, Martin began using the Kodály philosophy in his teaching in 2005. After spending one year studying in more depth at the Kodály Institute in Hungary, he took over music education in the Pre Prep at Cheam School in 2007. He has used the Jolly Music books extensively since then. He says ‘It is a wonderful resource, packed full of important pathways through which music can be taught in a detailed and concise way. To see all the children developing into musicians is very exciting!’



Clare Fulton

Clare FultonThe sole Scottish trainer for Jolly Learning, Clare (BEd (Hons), Mont (Dip)) has worked with children in all stages of primary school in a variety of mainstream and additional support needs settings.  She has taught Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar and Jolly Music and is a trainer for all 3 programmes, having travelled extensively to work with teachers, headteachers, inspectors and trainers to explain their content and demonstrate how they are effectively used in practice.  Clare has taught Jolly Music to many primary school pupils and, despite having no specialised musical training, describes it as “a programme which can be used with ease and confidence by any teacher”.  All lessons are prepared and simply presented and fully supported by CDs in which all singing teaching is recorded for use in the classroom and children delight in the music and learning. Clare is based in Scotland, but can travel further afield.

Tel: 07947 368117


Miranda Zwalf

MIranda ZwalfAfter training at the Royal College of Music and in Florida, Miranda spent many years as a professional orchestral and solo flautist and flute teacher before moving towards music education using the Kodály concept. She currently teaches Kodály to children from Reception to Year 6 at the Stephen Perse Community Music School and is also Lecturer in Kodály Musicianship at Birmingham Conservatoire. She has also taughtt on the String Training Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Miranda is a highly experienced teacher trainer, acting as a regular tutor for the British Kodály Academy and providing In Service training for Music Services and schools and for the ‘In Harmony’ project. Miranda is thoroughly familiar with the Jolly Music resources, having been involved in their development.




Pedro Izuzquiza

Pedro IzuzquizaPedro studied Musical Primary Education at University and has worked as a music teacher at several music schools, especially with pre-school children and infants. He holds a Diploma in Singing from the ABRSM, and has conducted amateur choirs for both children and adults. He currently teaches music to children aged 3 to 10 at Montserrat School (FUHEM) in Madrid. He recognises Jolly Music’s usefulness for music teachers who teach in English as a second language and for any other teachers who want to introduce music to their classes.
Pedro lives in Madrid but can travel further afield in the school holidays.

Tel: +34 91 435 24 55




Australia and Singapore

Victoria Carlton

Victoria CarltonVictoria Carlton is the director of The International Centre for Excellence (ICE), and is a highly experienced trainer in Jolly Phonics as well as Jolly Music. Victoria has conducted many professional training courses for teachers and parents in Australia and S.E.A., all of whom are attracted to her pragmatic and clear approach as it provides a clear pathway through the educational “maze”. She has trained thousands of teachers and educators for more than 10 years jointly with September 21 Enterprise Pte Ltd in Singapore. Her workshops are attended by participants from all over the Asia Pacific region and are so popular that she has now committed to travelling to Singapore four times a year to conduct the highly successful Jolly Learning training workshops. Victoria was an enthusiastic early adopter of Jolly Music when the first Handbook was published in 2008, recognising its usefulness for teachers with little or no musical knowledge. ‘The Jolly Music programme is fantastic. I love it because I can understand it!’

Tel: 08 9271 4200
Travel: Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Macau


Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia

Edwina Kwan

Edwina KwanEdwina Kwan has been using Jolly Music since 2012 and has been greatly impressed by the effect on her pupils’ musical skills. Edwina, who is also a Certified User of EQ-i2.0 & EQ 360, is passionate about sharing with teachers the best ways to help children learn. She was instrumental in having Jolly Music adopted by the state nursery schools in Singapore. Edwina is effectively bilingual and is able to explain to teachers in English and Mandarin. She conducts training in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Tel: +65-9785 1925
Travel: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia


India, Virginia, USA 

Aarti  Shah

Aarti Shah (M.Ed certification) has over 14 years of experience in teaching and is already a Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar teacher trainer. She has recently added Jolly Music to her portfolio and is the first person to offer Jolly Music training in India. Aarti has used Jolly Music with students aged 4 to 7 at her centre, ACE- Academy for Crafting Education with great success. “I have found the Jolly Music Beginner’s program and its curriculum very easy to understand and use in the classroom whether or not a teacher has any professional training in music. The concepts are very clear and children find it fun, engaging and have become confident performers.”

Jolly Music training in Mumbai, click here for details

Tel: +91 9819286664
Travel: India