WHAT IS MUSIC MATTERS?
Music Generation Louth first launched Music Matters in 2012 to support the development of music in early years settings. Since then, with the support of Louth County Childcare Committee and Louth Leader Partnership, over fifteen hundred children and over seventy teachers have successfully participated in the programme.
Our philosophy is that all children are born with inherent musical ability and have the right to a high quality musical education that ideally starts in the early years when solid musical foundations are most effectively laid.Research shows that music can play an important role in the overall development of young children. The Music Matters programme encompasses the principles of Síolta and demonstrates the great enjoyment that music can bring to young children. It also shows how music can be a very effective vehicle for the delivery of Aistear, Ireland’s new Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.
Music Matters is grounded in the approaches of Kodaly and Dalcroze Eurhythmics in which young children’s natural ability is developed through singing and games. The programme is delivered by a team of specialist early years musicians and aims to build confidence and expertise within childcare staff so that musical activity can continue after participation in the programme is completed.
Music Matters provides: A half-day practical training session for staff from participating childcare services giving ideas, resources and tips to become a positive role model for young children.
MUSICIANS IN RESIDENCY
Each participating childcare service is assigned a specialist musician. The musician will visit the service to spend one hour each week for six weeks working with children along with childcare staff.
Each participating childcare service is provided with a box of resources to enable staff to continue on with the musical games and activities themselves.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED? The 2014 series of MUSIC Matters in childcare settings has now been completed. Please get in touch with us if you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive information on future series.