about kiddleydivey


Kiddleydivey has been working with the children, the elderly, those in care and vulnerable members of society with dementia and other memory function loss conditions since 1996. The company was founded by Sally its Executive Director, and has built a fantastic reputation as a quality service provider in these important areas.

Kiddleydivey started in 1996 when Sally couldn’t find a suitable music class for her 3 year old daughter. With over 20 years of experience working as a music specialist in psychiatry and for children with special needs, Sally started her own children’s classes at home, which quickly grew in popularity, forcing a move to local halls and spreading to accommodate classes in different areas. Sessions for the elderly followed shortly afterwards with the development of stimulating session plans, designed to engage and invigorate body and minds.

The use of music as a therapeutic and educational tool is well documented. When music and songs, specially chosen or composed for their inherent therapeutic qualities, are combined with props to facilitate and encourage child development, speech, co-ordination and movement, social interaction and memory function, the results are frequently, incredible!

Elderly people who don’t usually communicate, can suddenly start to sing and interact with others. People who are usually withdrawn and quiet, start to become animated, and others, who are not normally very mobile, often decide to dance!

Very young children soon learn to accommodate others in the same group, speech and language is greatly enhanced whilst singing and rhythmical music helps to develop co-ordination and motor control.

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I have over 30 years experience working with both children and the elderly and I started Kiddleydivey over 21 years ago! I studied ballet at Arts Educational college in London for three years, leading to a diploma in dance before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London to become a qualified music therapist (currently waiting for finalisation of HCPC resistration). I also studied the piano, achieving concert standard in piano by the age of 18.

As a Montessori teacher, I combined all of this experience to create enjoyable, fun packed, original, entertaining and motivating, music based sessions and programmes for children, for people with special needs and for the elderly. Music is so important in the education of children. Many things can be taught and developed through song and musical activity. We can improve speech and co-ordination, teach lots of different concepts, such as parts of the body, colours, numbers, days of the week and the seasons. And the best thing of all is that it is fun!

We know how important music in reaching out to those who are perhaps suffering memory loss, in reconnecting everyone with their memories, in mobilising elderly people and, in stimulating movement and minds. It is also a very valuable tool to use with people with a variety of special needs as music can bypass damaged parts of the brain and reach other receptive areas that require little or no cognitive or mental processing.

john - jp and helen

John graduated with a BMus (Hons) degree from the University of Kingston and has been teaching children and adults to play the saxophone from the age of 16. He has enjoyed performing with his pupils and also as a featured soloist at a host of music venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican & NEC Birmingham. Working as a Bluecoat at Pontin's, inspired John’s career in entertainment, and he subsequently set up a successful entertainment company offering bespoke children's parties before bringing his energy and talent to Kiddleydivey. “Kiddleydivey allows me to bring my three ‘loves’ - Education, Entertainment and Music – together. Our classes are fun, lively and interactive- so much so that the children don’t even realise they are learning!”

Helen recently joined the team at Kiddleydivey. Formerly a teacher at Monkey Music, Helen has a wealth of experience enabling her to lead our quality music classes with passion, understanding & enthusiasm. We are delighted to have her on board. “I know that I may be regarded as biased, but I can honestly say that having tried plenty of music groups in the area (both as a Mum to three girls and later as a music teacher), Kiddleydivey is the perfect blend of musical learning through fun, wonder & excitement.”


Dawn has been working for Kiddleydivey for over 16 years.

She has many years experience working with children and the elderly and as well as covering classes and elderly sessions, Dawn supports the core business keeping contact with existing customers and generating new business for the South Bucks team.