Music for Change Early Years Music Project 2nd Edition
Health, Wellbeing and Education Outcomes through Music in Early Years Settings
This paper reports on the impact of the Early Years Music (EYM) project, delivered by Kent-based charity Music for Change to over 1450 children in 32 Early Years (EY) settings in Kent over a 12 month period.The project introduced children aged 6 months to 5yrs to a range of different musical instruments and progressive musical activities.
The project aimed to enhance:
- the children’s musical and educational experiences
- the musical experiences of parents/carers
- and the professional development of both EY staff and musicians
A service evaluation was conducted by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University. The methods of evaluation included closednand open ended questionnaires, participant observations and interviews with staff, parents/carers and the musicians.
The results showed that the project had potential to:
- support aspects of the children’s wellbeing and their motivation to learn;
- engender among EY staff insight into the children’s creativity, musical interests and inhibitions;
- resource staff with an increased musical repertoire and skills and confidence to facilitate regular, purposeful music activities.
The evaluation also highlighted issues of the unique pedagogies of music in EY settings; the interface between:
- staff and musicians throughout a projects’ process;
- musicians and parents/carers to support a flow of music-related development at home as well as the EY setting;
- training to develop an expert musician workforce.