Small Steps Big Noise

Creativity in the Early Years


Thursday 15 March 2018

The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton

The South West’s biggest Early Years Expressive Arts Conference, bringing together EY practitioners, artists, music leaders, settings, regional hubs, funders, researchers and strategic partners.

Small Steps: Big Noise is a one-day conference showcasing creativity in practice for 0-5s across the South West, including prominent keynote speakers, vibrant debate led by Early Years experts, engaging practical workshops and a performance from a professional Early Years theatre company


Keynote Speakers

Dr Susan Young: The BIG Noise in Small Steps!


Take Art is delighted to welcome academically respected Early Years Arts, Music and Education expert Dr. Susan Young, author of ‘Music with the Under Fours’ and ‘Music 3-5’ to deliver the Keynote speech to open Small Steps Big Noise, the South West’s biggest and brightest Early Years Conference. Susan is one of the UKs leading advocates for creative arts education, with particular reference to early childhood music.

In her keynote, she will challenge and enthuse everyone involved in Early Years creative practice and education, speaking of the vital imperative we all share to promote and articulate high quality inclusive practice. 

She has decades of experience in academia, recently retired as senior lecturer from Exeter University and is an honorary research fellow with Roehampton University.  Susan is the current chair of MERYC-England and is still involved in Early Childhood Music as a researcher and consultant. She is Course Director of the new national Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood. Originally having trained as a pianist at the Royal College of Music, she spent her early career teaching music in secondary, primary and pre-school settings before achieving a PhD in Early Childhood Music from the University of Surrey.


Rhona Matheson


Rhona Matheson is Chief Executive of Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years organisation. They specialise in creating performances and exploring creative activity for babies, toddlers and young children aged 0-5 and the adults who care for them. Rhona began working with Starcatchers on the pilot project in 2006 and since then has been on an amazing journey with thousands of babies, toddlers, parents, carers, educators, artists and project partners.

She is an inspirational speaker who believes passionately in the transformational power of the arts to inspire Scotland’s youngest children and the people who care for them through creativity, performances and engagement projects. “10 years ago, people questioned what the point of theatre and creativity for babies was, in 2017, people question why there isn’t more.”

In this Keynote, she’ll help support us in our call to arms to make this work irrefutable.


Tickets £80

Early bird tickets at £60 - available until 22nd December

InspirED Schools £40

Limited number of free places for practitioners interested in Early Years Music click here for more information

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