Hello, I'm Helena Craig.
I trained at Goldsmiths' College, London, as a secondary school music teacher. I had the most inspiring teachers during my degree (Music and English Literature, Liverpool) and post graduate (London) including Dr Janet Ritterman. I studied piano with Peter Sage, Alex Abercrombie and Graeme Humphrey (Royal Academy).
After completing my probationary year teaching in St Aloysius College, North London I spent the next 3 years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I taught music at the Sandford English Community School and was able to travel extensively. I had the most amazing experiences travelling in and around Ethiopia and in remote parts of East Africa, Yemen and the USA. Travelling has always been a great passion of mine and still is.
Upon returning to the UK I resumed teaching music in secondary schools in outer London and developed a large piano teaching practice. I have always taught piano, from the age of 16, and continue to do so now. After my daughter, Lucy, was born I composed songs and created fun musical games to help her through the stages of her early development. Lucy attended the local Panda Nursery and they asked me to teach classroom music there. After trying out my songs with whole classes the wonderful staff encouraged me to start my own classes independently.
So, I started Sing Rainbows in 2010 with a handful of children and have never looked back. I teach over 200 children each week and continue to compose new songs and devise challenging material. My fabulous pupils are my inspiration for new songs and teaching material and I adore teaching them!
About the Classes
Sing Rainbows is a non-franchise family business. Classes provide a carefully structured balance of activities designed to stimulate and aid development in many areas including, speech,
co-ordination, motor skills and social skills. An array of colourful props are used throughout all classes; such as, maracas, bells, coloured scarves, bean bags, pom poms, balls. hoops
Classes involve a variety of activities including:
Class numbers are limited to 11 or 12 depending on hall size for ages 3 months to 4 years.Each lesson is 35 minutes of well-paced tuition for ages up to 4 years, pre-school age.
The after school music class at Limpsfield Infant School for older children (aged 4 - 7 years) is one hour long and is limited to 18 children.
Over 200 original songs composed and course material has been written and designed by;
Helena Craig BA, PGCE (Goldsmiths' College), LTCL (Mus.Ed.) and
Ian Craig, GRSM (Dip Ed), ARCM.
Original songs copyrighted to H and I Craig. Intellectual property owned by H and I Craig.
Helena is CRB checked (enhanced) and is fully insured with a 5 million pound public liability insurance.