The aim of this action research was to enable the collaboration between Emma Hutchinson, the Founder and Director of the Music House for Children, and Laura Gergees, a speech and language therapist, to examine how a child's language can develop via musical experiences, particularly focusing on vocalisation for children with language delay.
This research by Charlotte Arculus 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.
The purpose of this article is to examine the strands and goals which arise from the four principles of Empowerment; Holistic Development; Family and Community and Relationships (Te Whāriki,1996) and to propose how music can be used in an integral way not only to meet the stated goals but also to promote them to their fullest potential.
A three-year study compared children exposed to musical influences with those exposed to little singing or music in nursery schools. Findings indicated that the experimental group exceeded the control group in frequency of vocalisations, rhythmic movements, initiations of social contact, and positive emotional reactions.