Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Lynda-Jane, I’m married to Kenny and mummy of three little ones under 5, two boys and a girl. I live in Bangor, Northern Ireland and love spending time with my family and hanging out in coffee shops or having playdates with friends. I have been running Music Bugs North Down since February 2018.
What did you do before joining Music Bugs?
I trained for 8 years as a professional opera singer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and hold 3 degrees, BMus, MMus and MMus Opera. I worked with many companies including Opera North, Scottish Opera and NI Opera. I have also performed on the concert platform in Europe, Ireland and career highlights to date include the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and singing for the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. After I had my first little boy I worked in HR to be closer to home rather than travelling for contracts.
What attracted you to Music Bugs?
Music Bugs has given me the chance to be at home with my children and still sing every day. As part of my degree I did a module of Community Music and Education and feel music is so important and such a key part of all round educational development. I attended a Discovery Day in Swindon to hear more about the franchise and instantly fell in love with the concept. Claire and Kim have been so supportive through the whole process.
What territory do you cover and what training and support did you receive to establish your franchise?
I currently run classes in North Down and my areas include Bangor, Conlig, East Belfast Newtownards and the surrounding area. I am also available for nursery sessions, birthday parties, parent and toddler sessions and events. I returned to Swindon for three days training with my little boy who was 8 months at the time. There is lots of support from Head Office and the other franchisees and although I am self employed, I feel I have a fantastic bunch of work colleagues at my fingertips.
What future plans do you have for your business?
With the help of my class leader Lyndsey I hope to expand my classes from Easter 2020 and add more classes and areas to my schedule. I would love to do more work in Nurseries and Early Years settings.
What do you enjoy most about being your own boss?
I love spending time with my children and have the flexibility to do that. I can be there for my children, take them to school and be there when they come home. This is the ideal job for a busy mum who wants to do the school runs. I love meeting the parents and children and watch them grow and develop each week.
What was your favourite nursery rhyme when you were a child?
My favourite nursery rhyme as a child was ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’. I am always up for a challenge and love to get quicker and quicker. Before going on maternity leave I was 8 months pregnant and could still touch my toes!