Music lies at the core of who we are, in our heartbeat, our movement and the tone of our voice.

We are rhythmic, musical beings, and we can hear this in the patterns of our speech, the way our voices rise and fall, giving expression and meaning. Singing, rhymes, musical games and playing instruments are all great ways for parents and carers to share attention and communicate with children, and to promote lively interaction.

Musical activities make learning and communication fun and enjoyable. In addition, research has shown that active music-making can assist with early language development, listening skills and emotional wellbeing. These are all an essential part of learning to read, write, listen and respond.

Participation in Tempo Tots music classes provides a great way for your child to develop their social skills, peer awareness and confidence, interacting and sharing play with other children.

Tempo Tots also offers music therapy and training services that may be tailored to a range of settings and needs. 




Emma is a classically trained singer and cellist, and studied music therapy at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Emma has extensive training, which has focused on musicianship, aspects of psychology and pathology, early intervention and health promotion. In addition to her music therapy training, Emma has studied child development at the Tavistock Clinic, parent-infant psychotherapy at the School of Infant Mental Health and parent-infant interaction at OxPIP, Oxford.
When not playing and singing with families at Tempo Tots North London, Emma can be found working as a Music Therapist with children and families at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.


Sheilpa is a qualified music therapist based in London, and has worked for Tempo Tots since January 2016.


As a music therapist Sheilpa practises with children and young people in nurseries and schools. As well as guitar, Sheilpa plays violin and piano, and also teaches the violin in secondary schools.

Emma Bailey | Tempo Tots | London