About the report
From 2015–2018, the Oxfordshire-based music charity Soundabout created and ran a ten-week music programme funded by Youth Music, known as ‘Sounds of Intent in the Early Years’, for over 200 children in the early years in 27 Children’s Centres and specialist local organisations.
A research report on the programme was published on 25 March 2019.
- Targeted music sessions for children in the early years and their families in areas of high deprivation can improve their capacity to manage their feelings and behaviour, boost their self-confidence, and heighten their ability to listen and pay attention, enabling them to ‘close the gap’ in terms of meeting their age-related expectations
- This effect is even more marked for young children with complex needs (having severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties), and the intervention in the early years appears to have more impact than comparable interventions that have been tried later in childhood