The Drama of Sound project was funded by the Youth Music Open Programme and delivered by Sightlines Initiative, in partnership with Newcastle University.
Sightlines Initiative was formed in 1997 as an independent early years professional development initiative. We support initiatives and projects aimed at developing and demonstrating reflective and creative practice in UK early childhood education.
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Sightlines Initiative recognise children as naturally competent, capable and inquisitive learners, and advocate education as the practice of developing an environment of engagement and enquiry.
Sightlines works in three main areas
Locally: We develop and support long term creative thinking in action research projects with artists, educators and children in early years settings. We work closely with several local authorities in North East England in providing key professional development opportunities in the field of creative, reflective educational practice.
Nationally: We host the ReFocus Network. This is a nationwide learning community of over 1000 members connecting creative reflective practice and projects and influencing policy development in the UK. Sightlines organises continuous professional development opportunities for members and hosts an on-line documentation and project archive.
Internationally: We are the UK reference point for Reggio Children facilitating the opportunity to learn from the Reggio experience. In 2006 Reggio Children established the Reggio Children International Network and Sightlines is a founding member of this network of more than 20 countries. Since 1999 Sightlines has organised annual study visits to Reggio Emilia and has organised the hosting of exhibitions from Reggio in the UK. We also organise exchange and study groups with other International Reggio Network Member Organisations.
Projects of ours are referenced in a number of government publications as giving exemplars of innovative, creative practice. In 2008 The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority helped to fund group analysis of project experiences in preparation for the publication ‘Adventuring in Early Childhood Education’. Schools whose practice we have encouraged have frequently received outstanding commendations from OFSTED.
In ‘The Drama of Sound’ work, we are engaged in ongoing discourse with Colwyn Trevarthen at the Human Communication Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, on reflective practice in music-in-education, and recently with the music department in Newcastle University. Colwyn has presented at various of our past conferences. The project seminars are run in collaboration with the University of Newcastle Masters in Music and Education degree. The four trainees are students on this degree.
We are developing a course framework ‘Developing Environments of Enquiry’. This is a general approach to continuous professional development which we can apply to many different contexts of professional development in UK early childhood education. This will support educators and creative enabler colleagues in the development of their creative collaborative practice with young children. In the first instance it has been trialled as a Masters - level certificated course with Northumbria University (Spring/Summer 2010).