We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a Culture Recovery Grant from the Arts Council. This support means a huge amount to us, and will make a real difference.
The last 12 months have been very challenging, but we are proud of what we have achieved, and pleased to be emerging from lockdown in a strong position. Thanks to this funding, we will be able to run more workshops than ever next term, completing last year’s disrupted programme in all our schools, and delivering a full new programme in 15 schools. It’s going to be busy!
We are delighted to be supporting professional musicians and inspiring hundreds of children through the magic of live music, at a time when the arts have never been more needed.
Since we published our Impact Report on Monday, we have been pleased to see lots of people talking about it!
We are delighted that Dr Victoria Williamson, author of You Are The Music, has featured our newly published Impact Report in her Music Psychology blog: Consider music for children’s wellbeing… lockdown and beyond
Below is an extract of Vicky’s blog post:
My favourite part of the report is the conclusion regarding unexpected impacts. David wanted to explore the ways that children concentrate when listening to classical music and connect to the emotion it portrays, but his research suggests a relationship between attention, emotion and wellbeing that was more fundamental than he had imagined: A positive emotional response arose through the act of attentive listening per se. Triggering concentration through guided music listening is a pathway to wider emotional wellbeing and the powerful psychological concept of flow. In this interpretation, listening experiences with live classical music offer a focal point for young minds (as well as those of their carers and educators), even if only briefly, on the precious moment, the here and now.
These music episodes offer the chance to calm the frantic reflective and planning activities of the conscious mind and to free the pathways to the deep emotion and limbic systems. A moment to stop and to feel. No special prior training is required in order to experience this change in state, as our human response to engaging music is life-long and instinctive. Programmes like AMP facilitate and guide children along this musical pathway to wellbeing.
You can read our Impact Report in full here.
We are delighted today to publish our Impact Report, examining the impact of listening to live classical music on children’s wellbeing. The positive findings detailed in this report should be a welcome step forward in understanding the effect of music on children’s wellbeing and emotional development, and in underlining the importance of giving children access to the arts.
The Report includes the results of three separate studies examining the effect of listening to live music on children’s wellbeing and their creative responses to the emotional content of the music played as part of our schools’ programme.
We are very proud that our research shows our programme to have a hugely positive impact on children’s wellbeing. Engaging with live classical music through our interactive and exciting programme enables children to develop an emotional connection to the music, and supports key skills like listening and concentration. We also help children to feel that classical music is accessible and relevant to them, thereby inspiring them to learn an instrument.
Our Key Findings are shown in the infographic below. You can read the full impact report here.
We are grateful to Victoria Williamson for including our Report in her blog. Vicky wrote:
If you would like to chat to us about our research or would like to write about it, please get in touch! You can email David at firstname.lastname@example.org