'Turning their ears on... keeping their ears open' is a research project that was funded by Youth Music exploring the impact of musical activities on the development of pre-school age children.
“We are keen to know how music can help prepare children for primary school and to test to see if skills in numeracy and literacy of pre-school age children are improved because of music making activities.” Youth Music
I have posted up the full report as well as the conclusions, which make for very interesting reading...
Conclusions (in brief):
Writing a blog is quite new to me, but I felt, now that Crescendo is expanding to numerous classes, nurseries and schools across London, it would be a good way of sharing my passion and belief in how important music is for all young children, from the earliest age.
On so many occasions, I have found myself in a discussion with a parent, or a friend who has asked what I do for a living, where the questions have come up...
Can they really understand what you're doing?
What do you do with them?
Are they not too young to be learning music?
Children are innately musical. There is research to show that babies can remember tunes and sound sequences heard whilst in the womb and that a mother's singing can steady the foetal heart rate and reduce kicking. We know that singing can alter a babies' mood and calm it when anxious, or excite and encourage a playful mood - the same could be said for children of any age, or indeed adults. How many of you use music as a way to unwind after a long day, distract you from the stress of commuting, or get you in the mood for a party?
This blog will be an opportunity for me to share my own experiences and views as well as articles and documents that I have found interesting and enlightening. Please feel free to share your comments and views.
I am founder and teacher of Crescendo music and believe passionately in the importance of music for the youngest of our children. Here I will share some documents and links to information by experts in the field of music, education and research, specifically in the early years.