The SoundWaves Network

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'

Rosemary Nursery School, Bristol, Setting project presentation shown at 'Sharing our SoundWaves Network Journey - An End of Project Event'

Get Involved  

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:

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.

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