The SoundWaves Network is a three-year early childhood music education programme incorporating a strong element of training for the current and future early childhood workforce in the South West. Starting in July 2018, the project takes place within three music-learning communities, located in Plymouth, Bristol and Somerset, working with early childhood settings, universities, advisory teams and Music Education Hubs.
The SoundWaves Network born out of Take Art's two year Soundwaves Extra project aims to support and engage the South West's Early Years workforce and everyone involved in the education of young children through music, so that all young children have the very best musical opportunities to learn and develop.
Jane Parker, The SoundWaves Network Project Leader, said,"We support the Early Years Music educators and their conviction and belief in the value of musical play; their knowledge of how young children play musically and their early childhood music pedagogical expertise. This is essential to the success of the project and the future of Early Years Music education.”
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Our Work in Early Years Settings
The SoundWaves Network in its earlier incarnation Soundwaves Extra has been proud to support an array of high quality Early Years music projects within EY settings and music hubs throughout the South West. These projects were aimed at teaching the teachers and practitioners how to work more responsively with music and the under 5s. They have been carried out by experienced Music Leaders.
Rachel Thame working with the Armed Forces community in Crownhill, Plymouth
Joanna Harvey and Emma Hutchinson working with Special Educational Needs (SEN) groups in Taunton and Frome
Rich Hughes, St Peter’s Primary School, Budleigh
Liv McLennan at Salisbury City Children’s Centre
Emma Hutchinson working with Flying Start Children’s Centre, Exeter
Vicky Meadows working with Badock’s Wood Children’s Centre, Bristol
Bill Roberts working with Knowle West Children’s Centre, Bristol
Richard Hughes at Bluecoat C of E Primary School, Torrington
Richard Tomlinson at St Peter’s Primary School in Budleigh Salterton
Ann Stott and Emily Garrod at Piccolo Nursery
Plym Bridge Nursery, Plymouth, Setting project presentation shown at 'Sharing our SoundWaves Network Journey - An End of Project Event'
Lark Children's Centre, Plymouth, Setting project presentation shown at 'Sharing our SoundWaves Network Journey - An End of Project Event'
Yeovil College Nursery, Yeovil, Setting project presentation shown at 'Sharing our SoundWaves Network Journey - An End of Project Event'
First Steps Nursery,Yeovil, Setting project presentation shown at 'Sharing our SoundWaves Network Journey - An End of Project Event'
BS3 Community, Bristol, Setting project presentation shown at 'Sharing our SoundWaves Network Journey - An End of Project Event'
Rosemary Nursery School, Bristol, Setting project presentation shown at 'Sharing our SoundWaves Network Journey - An End of Project Event'
Are you a music or Early Years practitioner based in the Southwest? Do you want to attend an Early Years music conference, see a really special piece of work, attend a CPD workshop?
For more information about how you can get involved, please contact The SoundWaves Network Project Leader Jane Parker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Leaders, Researchers & Partners
Our outstanding Early Years Music Leaders, researchers and partners play a crucial role contributing to our growing network. Several of our music leaders have completed their MA in Early Childhood Music tutored by Dr Susan Young at CREC, who herself is our critical friend and mentor.
Dr Karen Wickett (Early Childhood Lecturer, Plymouth University) and Early Years evaluator Caroline Barnes are both carrying out research which will be presented at national conferences.
We are indebted to the support from Youth Music, our Music Education Hubs, Early Years Advisory teams and fellow Arts Organisations.
The SoundWaves Network is honoured that Inspire Music (also Paul Hamlyn funded) has chosen us as an example of inspiring and effective Early Years music work.