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We are Carol Holbrow and Jenny Smith and we are your local class teachers for Torbay.

Carol is mum to two boys (well, men now really!) and runs MUSIC with MUMMY classes in Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth. She is a qualified Early Years Practitioner who takes great satisfaction being involved in children's learning and development, but who also has a passion for music. She grew up surrounded by music and singing as her Grandmother was a piano teacher and her Dad also enjoyed playing the piano and singing every day. From an early age she discovered the great pleasure that you can get from music-making, and music has continued to be a big part of her life since then. She played many instruments as a child, including the piano, flute, and various brass instruments as part of a band, but she always made sure that she had a go at any instrument that came her way!
She has worked in various early years settings over the past 17 years or so, including preschool, nursery and childcare environments, and also as a Cover Supervisor at a local primary school where part of this role became planning and delivering the weekly music sessions to the reception class children. However, she wanted to get back to working with the under 5's and getting to know their families too, so when she discovered Music with Mummy in 2007, it was the perfect opportunity to mix together her two favourite things of children and music. She started with just 2 small classes in September 2007, and now over ten years on, she gets to see well over 150 children per week and she says she feels very privileged to be a part of so many little people's lives.
Jenny qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 2004 and loved teaching throughout the Primary age range for 10 years at two different schools in Hampshire.  As her husband is in the Royal Air Force, they relocated to Torquay to be nearer the support of their wonderful family when welcoming their two children into the world.  She has always had a passion for working with young children and watching them grow and develop and, whilst enjoying this with her own children for the last three years, she feels it's time for a new start in the form of a new career.

Growing up Jenny played various instruments, including the piano and loved singing.  She joined her first choir in Primary School and continued to sing in different choirs throughout her school and university education.  Jenny was first introduced to Music with Mummy when she joined Carol's classes in Marldon with daughter Isabelle in 2013.  Together they've enjoyed Jolly Babies, Music with Mummy and now Three-Four Time.  Isabelle loves the fun and interactive nature of the sessions and Jenny has enjoyed watching her daughter grow in musical skills but also in self-confidence.  It's been a wonderful opportunity to try new skills and also for them both to make new friends.  Jenny is enthusiastic to be starting new groups in Torquay and sharing this great musical scheme with other families.

See the 'Find a Class' page for more details of our sessions in Torbay.


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