Our third Creative Thinktank examined how music impacts development in the early stages of our life. Co-created by Professor Margaret Barrett, Professor Graham Welch, and Katherine Zeserson, the event brought together researchers, practitioners, advocates, policy-makers and education professionals to consider:
The discussion embraced a wide range of wellbeings, including physical, psychological, emotional, social, educational and musical.
Discussions indicated that:
(1) engaging successfully in music pre-school is likely to bring additional developmental benefits, and (2) that this is especially likely to be the case where the adults involved (parents, carers, teachers, assistants) are enabled to develop insightful values and beliefs about such benefits. This creates a virtuous circle to enable and foster both musical and wider development.
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“It was very useful to have such a broad base of professional insights. This enabled the discussion to be more outward focused and multi-faceted. It was a useful reminder of the multifaceted nature of musical experience, especially for the young.”