Early Years music-making

  • by Valerie

    Wednesday, 25 September, 2013 - 14:00

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'Ready for music' - music therapy for vulnerable children was a Youth Music funded project which ran at Broadwaters Children Centre, The Ladder Children Centre (before closure) and South Haringey nursery. The project ran from January 2016 - January 2017 and was led by music therapist, Claire Hope (www.hopemusictherapy.co.uk). The majority of similar early years music therapy work occurring in the UK is funded by both the children's centres and The Primary Care Trust. In Haringey, however, there is limited NHS funding towards therapeutic intervention in early years and a high level of deprivation.
Weekly group and individual music therapy sessions were offered to vulnerable families, children with complex emotional, social and developmental needs and parents and infants on the 2 -year programme (a government childcare initiative offered to parents on low-income). It was agreed that the project would be flexible, allowing Claire to respond to the needs of the service users. Workshops, presentations and meetings with parents were also an important aspect of the project. 
Group sessions involved familiar songs/nursery rhymes, turn-taking, leading, conducting, musical arrangements (playing an instrument in a particular place in the music), improvising/free play, movement with music, imaginary play, stories with sounds, songs and puppets. These were closely monitored by recordings, written summaries, supervision and questionnaires. Staff commented ,and the music therapist observed, children's increase in confidence, listening, awareness of the musical interaction and an increase in using more words in songs and play, particularly for children with English as a second language.
One little boy, who was selective mute, tentatively began to use his voice to express himself in individual music therapy sessions. Through creative musical play (and the use of kazoos!), his confidence in using his voice to communicate developed and he began to talk in nursery. Due to the flexibility of the project, he was then able to join a music therapy group with his peers, further consolidating on his confidence and achievements.
Music therapy is vital in these contexts, where young children are seeking and needing early play experiences. There continues to be growing need and demand for music therapy and Broadwaters Children Centre is thrilled to receive successful funding for a further 2-year music project beginning imminently, entitled: HOPE music therapy. Music therapy for vulnerable children.'
 

In order to create a brand new resource for the NYMAZ Early Years Music Network, NYMAZ is commissioning up to 12 original songs for a new Early Years Songbook, to be released in 2017, and is now inviting proposals from composers/songwriters who would be interested in writing a song for the collection. Proposals should be submitted by 5 December 2016, and commissions will be agreed before Christmas.

Event type: 
Training
Event type: 
Training

We’re delighted to release the final report of findings from Pedestrian’s Little Music Stars, a project aiming to test digital music making technology in Early Years music practice. Pedestrian’s Little Music Stars was delivered between September 2014 and June 2016 and sought to work with 0-5 year olds and their parents through digital music making technology.

Job type: 
Internship
Position: 
Teaching for Music Leading
Region: 
London
Closing date: 
Thu 23 Jun 2016

How can we sustain and improve the access to and quality of music education over the next 3 years? If this question interests you do read on!

Read this blog from Paul Weston and comments from Nell Farrally and myself regarding Early Years musical assessment tools: http://network.youthmusic.org.uk/learning/blogs/paul-weston/baahs-and-be...

We launched this Early Years Group because we are keen to pull together and engage with the conversations, ideas and questions from the Early Years sector. We know that many Youth Music Network members are involved with music-making projects for children under five and are very passionate about their work. Now we felt it was a good time to launch this group because of the new research Youth Music published and because there is so much going on in the Early Years sector.

We launched this Early Years Group because we are keen to pull together and engage with the conversations, ideas and questions from the Early Years sector. We know that many Youth Music Network members are involved with music-making projects for children under five and are very passionate about their work. Now we felt it was a good time to launch this group because of the new research Youth Music published and because there is so much going on in the Early Years sector.

We invite you to join this group, whether you are working directly with young children aged 0-5 years, or are involved in the Early Years sector in the wider sense, either as a project manager or an academic for example, and participate in the lively conversations we are hoping to host here. We are going to be posting blogs and engaging in conversations too but welcome you to post blogs or resources and start conversations about Early Years music-making.

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