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Celebrating Early Years Music: reflections from the Tri-Music Together celebration event

This blog post has been written by Wired4Music member, Heart n Soul trustee and Journalist on Wheelz Lilly Cook who attended Tri-music Together’s celebration event and launch of ‘Musical Development Matters in Early Years’ at Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 6 September 2018. Tri-Music Together is an early childhood workforce development music project taking place across three local authorities in three London boroughs: Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster. The project was initiated by the Tri-borough Music Hub. Here Lilly shares some thoughts on the day and her questions about why early years music isn’t more commonplace.

“On the 6th September I went to an early years music event, to try and get an answer as to why music isn’t always thought of from an early years perspective. When I found this out I couldn’t understand why this was the situation. But in all fairness I think that maybe a lot of it starts with your upbringing.

Take me as one of the examples, I went to a school for people who have special needs. For as long as I can remember I always had music lessons throughout school. Obviously what you did in the music lessons depended on your age, when we were very young it was more experimenting with instruments, and listening to music and songs with actions. This changed as I progressed through my school life.

Now I will explain a little about my nephew. When my nephew was about four years old it became clear to us that he was a massive Ed Sheeran fan, listening to the songs on repeat. And one day he asks to his mum and dad can I learn how to play the guitar? So they bought him one. From then on he was straight on YouTube trying to learn the basics of the guitar and tried copying Ed Sheeran. So the guitar still came out regularly and he told his mum and dad he wanted to learn guitar in his music lessons at school. However after sending a letter to the school the response was that they don’t do music lessons in school until year three. I’m sorry but that doesn’t make sense to me. However, we will make sure that my nephew continues to play and love guitar so he can take music lessons when he starts year three, until then he can carry on experimenting at home with us.”

We were delighted to be a partner in the Tri-Music Together project. Find out more about the brilliant work and read the full evaluation report on the Tri-Borough Music Hub website here >. You can also read the ‘Musical Development Matters in Early Years’ report by Nicola Burke here >.



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