I am Cecilia Middleton. Musician, mum & Christian. I live with my husband and two boys in Dawlish, South Devon. I lead singing sessions in care homes, teach the violin and help my husband run our company, Short Fuse Creative. I like to be busy!

Long ago… qualifications and professional experience.

My love of music started at a young age. At school I was a member of various orchestras, chamber ensembles and choirs. Between 1993-1996, I studied music at Birmingham University and completed a PGCE at the University of Warwick in 1998. I became head of music in a primary school, planning and supporting the music curriculum, and running their choir, orchestra, recorder group and whole school singing assemblies.

Life after teaching… still music making!

Since having children of my own, I have pursued my love of music whilst trying to balance family life! I  set up little music maker classes, special music makers classes and started teaching violin. In 2014 I began my singing sessions in local care homes. Now I share my love of music in many care homes in Dawlish, Teignmouth and the surrounding area.

Music making that’s rewarding…

Research suggests that music with patients with dementia is not just enjoyable, but also may increase cognitive ability. It was also noted that “musical aptitude and music appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.”* It’s such a blessing to find work that is enjoyable, yet so beneficial to others.

Making music…just for fun.

I still find time to play the violin, viola, piano and ukulele. I lead the viola section of the Newton Abbot Orchestra. Sometimes I play the ukulele at the Strand Church on Friday lunchtimes or the viola in the worship group at church.

Find out more…

To find out more about my singing sessions in care homes, please see this page. I would love the opportunity to share music with you soon.

Cecilia Middleton BMus (Hons), PGCE, MISM

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“I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me” Psalm 13:6

* Research lead author Linda Maguire. Read more here.