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Research Snapshot: Communicative musicality – sounds rhythms and pulses in music and language

Researcherspno

Dr Carolyn Blackburn, Research Fellow in Early Childhood Studies, and Ian Axtell, Subject Leader for Music Education, Centre for Research in Education.

Findings

Participants in this study appeared to recognise the value and importance of children’s spontaneous musical activities and to encourage it describing the benefit for children’s holistic development and the role of music in attachment and bonding. However, they also appear to have identified benefits for children in attending organised, structured musical activities both within the home, but more substantially outside the home.

Recommendations
  • It is recommended that parents and carers are offered guidance and advice about the importance of acknowledging and valuing young children’s spontaneous musical activities in the home. It is a matter of concern that parents might lack confidence to instigate and encourage young children’s musical activities in the home;
  • It is recommended that an online database of trialled and validated musical resources be made available for parents and carers to use in the home;
  • It is recommended that this study is extended to include particular groups of children and families such as minority ethnic groups and children with disabilities;
  • It is recommended that a study to explore young children’s musical activities in early years settings be conducted to explore the understanding and practices of early childhood practitioners given the importance of young children’s spontaneous musical activities in their overall and holistic development as noted from the literature review in this report.

 

Download the full report here: communicative-musicality-report-130987955021412745

Identifying, assessing and supporting young children’s speech, language and communication in early years settings

Written by Dr Carolyn Blackburn, Research Fellow in Early Childhood Studies, HELS
@blackbu5carolyn

Carolyn’s latest blog post is all about her PhD and People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. The full article can be found here: https://drblackburnblog.wordpress.com/

Here are some highlights:

“My PhD aimed to explore the policy-to-practice context to the delays and difficulties in the acquisition of SLC (Speech, Language and Communication Needs) in the first five years using a mixed-methods interpretive case study design.”

“At the microcontext of the home environment, parents appeared to be supportive, were realistic in their expectations for children and sought professional help for their children when needed.”

“Language learning for young children is not a skill but a culturally learned behaviour created through patterns of action and interaction in a specific social context.”

“The study has highlighted the difficult and subjective nature of early identification and assessment and the wide variation in children’s early experiences, social interaction, SLC, socio-economic and socio-cultural environments.”