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Rosie holding a guitar and singing with children

RESEARCH

RESEARCH IS AT THE HEART OF OUR WORK

We like to call it ‘Discovery’ – a term used by one of our practitioners in our action research 2022 cohort. We are all on a journey of discovery together and have much to learn from one another.

We seek to:

  • connect existing research on early childhood / family music to practice

  • undertake new research with practitioners and families on the ground, helping to shape the direction of our training and future online hub.

2022 ACTION RESEARCH

With thanks to funding from Youth Music, we were excited to collaborate with a group of family workers from Birmingham Community Libraries and Birmingham Forward Steps. The project involved participants becoming action researchers themselves in the settings in which they work. 

Action Research cohort 2022 sitting in a meeting

Together we a) explored and trialled new approaches to making music with families that puts families at the heart, and b) discovered more about what support, training and resources are needed practically to support this practice.
 

As a result of this action research, we are confident that by working directly with the non-musician workforce, we can make a huge difference to families with young children across the UK. 

Our learning has informed the development and content of our training initiatives as well as our plans for an innovative online hub - watch this space!

You can read a detailed report about our research (pdf).

OUR RESEARCH BACKGROUNDS

Rosie, Nicola and Katie have also each conducted pieces of research, research and development and written papers that have influenced the development and direction of The Family Music Hub. Have a read!

Family Music Landscape

Read Rosie’s report which looked at the experiences, challenges and needs of the workforce leading music sessions in settings where families gather.

Musical Parenting

Katie’s fascinating MA research paper looks at musical parenting and explores the idea of classes focused on musical parenting for parents with young babies.

Context-blindness

Nicola was involved in this piece of action research which explores context-blindness, musical diversity and inclusion in early childhood settings.

Child holding bells

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