Emma Hutchinson, the Founder and Director of the Music House for Children, has collaborated with Laura Gergees, a speech and language therapist, to examine how a child’s language can develop via musical experiences.
This research focuses on the relationship between musicality and funniness in two-year-old children’s free play in a daycare nursery setting. It observes various sophisticated, and sometimes surprising ways in which children use communicative musical funniness to create strong complicit relationships with each other. A paper by Charlotte Arculus.
The report highlights excellent musical progress, improved academic achievement in English and Maths, improved school attendance, and increased confidence, aspirations, teamwork, cooperation, resilience and enjoyment of school among the children.
Investment in music and cultural education in Finland and its place as the top performing country for educational attainment of 15 year olds in reading, maths and science is no coincidence. That was Graeme Smith’s conclusion after spending two days in Finland visiting schools and music schools, talking to key music educators and studying information about the Finnish education system.