LSO Discovery: Sharing early years music education practice

LSO Discovery, the London Symphony Orchestra’s community and music education programme, has a long-standing early years strand and offers a range of opportunities in music for young children and their parents including weekly
sessions, workshops and family concerts. This resource was created for the Youth Music Spotlighting module by Dr Susan Young, lecturer at the University of Exeter and Alison Harmer, film maker and editor, with the support of LSO Discovery.

 

Youth Music’s Spotlighting Programme is a process for sharing effective practice. It aims to document effective practice from a wide variety of different sources, evaluate the impact and benefits and share more widely. Its ultimate aim is to raise standards of practice in the children and young people's arts and education sectors by making good practice more visible.

LSO Discovery, the London Symphony Orchestra’s community and music education programme, has a long-standing early years strand and offers a range of opportunities in music for young children and their parents including weekly sessions, workshops and family concerts. LSO Discovery's spotlight tracked early years work in a Children’s Centre in North London over one complete term.

The Children’s Centre sessions were selected for spotlighting because they represent LSO’s work in the community and can be related to children’s centre work that many others are now doing across both arts and
education sectors.

The Children’s Centre work consisted of two sessions led by Vanessa King, the LSO’s animateur who specialises in early childhood music. The first session was for mothers with their babies and toddlers and the second for three- to four- year-olds attending the nursery class.

All the sessions were recorded on video by Alison Harmer and in written notes by Dr Susan Young.

Click on the links at the bottom of the page to see videos and notes on key aspects of the LSO’s early years programme.

Read the full LSO Discovery report

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