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Soundwaves Extra Music Project

Bluecoat C of E Primary School have been offered a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a funded research project facilitated by TakeArt, a pioneering arts charity providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts.

The project, ‘Soundwaves Extra’ is an innovative and exciting music network for the Early Years promoting outstanding musical practice across the South West, offering a platform to reflect, share and debate the current early childhood music issues. Over two years, ‘Soundwaves Extra’ will share its learning through its Early Years network, Music Education Hubs, CPD opportunities and partner meetings and will conclude with a final Symposium in Spring 2018.

The Musician in Residence for Bluecoat, Rich Hughes, is an Early Years Music Facilitator based in Bristol and will be visiting the nursery on Monday afternoons throughout the Autumn term to help staff research the question “How can practitioners support children’s musical play?”

Already the children are gaining a lot from the experience and the staff team are developing their musical skills. Involvement in the music project is also supporting development in the Prime areas. Children who were very quiet and shy have found their voice and are growing in confidence through musical play.