Children's Music Franchise Owner Celebrates 10 Successful Years

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A former bank manager is now celebrating ten year's success in providing Rhythm Time music classes to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers in the Leeds area.

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Rhythm Time music franchise owner Elizabeth Hawkhead

This is a genuinely rewarding business that I am proud to own and of what it has given to so many children across Leeds

Children’s music franchise owner, Elizabeth Hawkhead, is celebrating her 10th successful year bringing music classes to the babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers of Leeds.

Former Bank Manager, Elizabeth, bought her Rhythm Time music franchise ten years ago after having her own children. “As a bank manager, I had looked after other peoples’ businesses and this gave me an appetite to run one of my own. Music was a passion of mine, so Rhythm Time gave me the perfect opportunity to do what I love and have a career that fitted around my young family,” she quotes.

The music franchise owner’s classes have proved so popular that over the past ten years, over 4000 babies and young children have attended Elizabeth’s classes in Leeds. In fact, music still features heavily in many of the children’s lives.

Hannah Walker, now aged 12, attended Rhythm Time in 2003, and at the age of 10 was selected by the Northern Ballet Academy to study classical ballet on their Advanced Training Programme.

Rowan Lightfoot, aged 8, also attended Elizabeth’s classes in 2005. Rowan now attends ballet and was recently chosen to play a role in the English Youth Ballet’s production of Coppelia in York. He is also in the Tingley Brass Band where he plays the cornet.

Luke Flear, aged 11, attended classes in 2003 and is now a talented drummer. Luke performs in a ‘Big Band’ group at school as well as playing as part of local Ensemble. He has recently formed a band with some of his best friends and is looking forward to developing his music skills further at high school.                     

It was evident that the parents of Hannah, Rowan and Luke all felt that Elizabeth’s Rhythm Time classes played a big part in developing their children’s love of music at an early age. “I really believe that Rhythm Time helped to nurture Rowan’s love of music. I’m sure his understanding of pitch, pulse, rhythm and dynamics all started at Elizabeth’s classes,” says Lauren Lightfoot, mother to Rowan.

“What has the last 10 years given me? A genuinely rewarding business that I am proud to own and of what it has given to so many children across Leeds,” adds Elizabeth. “I feel that I have been in a very privileged position to share so much with so many families across the city.”

Rhythm Time’s unique set of age-appropriate music courses were created to enhance every child’s development and include multi-sensory baby classes, exciting toddler classes and educational pre-school classes. The activities are designed to develop their confidence, creativity and co-ordination, as well as instill a love of music.

To book a free trial session or for more information on a Rhythm Time music franchise, call 0121 711 4224 or visit

Information for Editors

Rhythm Time
76 Beechwood Park Road
B91 1ES
Tel: 0121 711 4224
Email: marketing(at)rtfg(dot)co(dot)uk

Elizabeth Hawkhead worked in financial services for 15 years. After starting a family of her own, she wanted a career that fitted in with her own family commitments. She has always enjoyed music, particularly singing and bought her Rhythm Time franchise in 2003.

She and her team of teachers provide music classes to over 400 babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers per week in Leeds.

Rhythm Time was started in the Midlands in 1995 by Kathy Doolan who is a firm believer in the power and importance of music for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. Kathy is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and set up Rhythm Time after having her own children.

Rhythm Time now has franchises all over the UK, operating in 190 areas with approximately 10,000 children attending classes weekly.

Rhythm Time offers three age-appropriate classes for babies (birth to 15 months), toddlers (15 months to three years) and pre-schoolers (three to school age). Children enjoy a valuable introduction to music and all classes are in line with the Early Learning Goals and Key Stage 1.

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