About Rockabillies

Why Rockabillies?

There are many pre-school music groups around so what makes Rockabillies different? At Rockabillies all of the music leaders are musicians and singers and play a variety of instruments each week introducing your child to the excitement of live music from an early age which is proved to create a greater response in infants than listening to recorded music.

Using different themes, music and songs from all over the world along with puppets, colourful props, disco lights and dozens of exciting instruments, you and your child will be sure to have a wonderful time each week.

Who are we?

Rockabillies comprises of 4 music leaders (Roma, Sally, Naomi, Emily) and an Administrator, (Kelly) who deals with all the administrative side of things.  We are based in Long Eaton and have our own premises to work from which allows us to decorate the room to tie in with musical or seasonal themes plus display instruments and props in a colourful and engaging way. The room is also great for birthday parties and workshops.

Roma - Founder & Music Leader

Before starting Rockabillies, Roma was an English teacher by day and a wannabe Rock star by night singing and playing her saxophone in various bands from original groups to 70s cover bands singing disco songs whilst clad in sequins and feathers! When her son Billy was born, life changed and as a result she put her platforms away and started Rockabillies where she fused her teaching experience with her love of live music and performance and created Rockabillies.

Roma has completed training in Makaton, the Kodaly method, paediatric first aid, safeguarding and special needs music from “I Can”. Over the last 12 years she has run music sessions for local nurseries, schools and pre-school groups, Lakeside Theatre and Broxtowe Borough Council.  She also works for the "Speech, Sign and Song Club" with Wendy Prevezer which is a weekly music group in Beeston for children with social and communication difficulties.

Sally - Music Leader

 

Daughter of multi instrumentalist Kerry Minnear of respected and influential ’70’s progressive band Gentle Giant, Sally has been steeped in music throughout her life. After completing a music degree, Sally formed the acoustic duo ‘Creatures of Habit’ as a vehicle for her own songs before securing the featured vocalist role in Michael Flatley’s hugely successful follow up to ‘Riverdance’, his dance and music spectacular ‘Lord of the Dance’. Sally toured with the production for several years, before leaving to start a family. More recently Sally recorded some ethereal vocal parts for Dave Bainbridge of progressive Celtic rock band 'Iona', on his solo album release ‘Celestial Fire'.  With two young boys of her own, Sally is passionate about the benefits that music and movement can bring to early years development, as well as the pure enjoyment of discovering new sounds and instruments! 

Naomi - Music Leader

Naomi Profile

Naomi Lee is a new and enthusiastic member of the Rockabillies team. She has a degree in Performing Arts with music and is a qualified Primary school teacher. Alongside this Naomi also performs Jazz as a solo act across the UK, and as of this summer, in France too! Naomi has a background in classical piano and vocal training which she has used to teach herself a range of instruments. She also has ran successful children's choirs, one of which was filmed for East Midlands today singing for the installation of the Sheriff of Nottingham! Naomi is excited to bring these skills to Rockabillies, and to help foster a love of music and of learning in young children. 

Emily - Music Leader

Emily began learning the piano aged 5 and has been in love with music ever since! As she grew up, she enjoyed being a part of pit bands, choirs, church music groups and learning new instruments such as the flute and violin. Emily loves to sing and sang backing vocals for a Christian rock band ‘Island House’ before going on to study music at the University of Nottingham. There Emily progressed on the piano, taking her ABRSM Diploma, and found a new interest for the academic side of music studying music from around the world, classical music across the centuries, film music and the social benefits of music. Graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in July 2016, Emily is passionate about passing on her love for music to the next generation.