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Award-winner aiming for TV

Last updated 08:58 25/10/2012
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It's been a big year for the creator behind KindyRock and children's music favourite Sit on the mat and clap.

As well as shooting a KindyRock pilot for television, music educator Judi Cranston has received a gold award in the British-based 2012 Practical Pre-School Awards for her children's music CD KindyRock Jiggles.

"If I had it my way, parents would utilise music and movement programmes to create a generation of future musicians who love and understand many different forms of music," the Kawakawa Bay resident says.

KindyRock Jiggles drew glowing comments from the judges.

They said: "It is by far the best music and movement CD we have ever come across."

The awards, now in their 11th year, are seen as the standard for pre-school and early years products.

But despite the accolades, it's KindyRock's small screen debut that Ms Cranston is really hoping to get a win for.

KindyRock TV is based on the existing KindyRock music programme enjoyed by early learning centres, outreach programmes and parents.

The programme will be packed with kids from Papakura, Clevedon, Pukekohe and Kawakawa Bay and is expected to air this summer.

"I've produced six albums in three years and you think that's a steep learning curve, but TV is another level," Ms Cranston says.

"My passion is to spread KindyRock throughout New Zealand and [to see] that every child has access to it, and TV fits that."

With the pilot "in the can" corporate backing is now being sought to create an entire television series.

"It's just about trying to find the right people to partner with," Ms Cranston says.

Producer Janene Forlong of Echelon TV Productions says the new show is an ideal fit for corporates that will be keen to be associated with the programme's family-orientated values.

Earlier this year, Ms Cranston earned a semifinal placing in the 2012 International Song Writing competition.

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- Manukau Courier

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