New Publication! Out now in Frontiers in Psychology

Our latest paper entitled “Investigating the impact of a musical intervention on preschool children’s executive function” is now available in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology – you can read the paper here.

We conducted the research with the UCL Institute of Education and arts charity Creative Futures to investigate the effect of weekly musicianship training on the executive function abilities of 3-to-4-year-old children at a London preschool. The findings from the study contribute to current debates about the potential cognitive benefit of musical interventions, including important issues regarding intervention duration, experimental design, target age groups, executive function testing, and task novelty – all of which we discuss in the paper. You can read more about the study on our “Projects” page!

Sounding Out: A toolkit for music practitioners working with deaf students

In September 2018, Katie and Tiziana Pozzo worked with the arts charity, Creative Futures, to produce an online toolkit for music practitioners working with deaf children.

“Sounding Out” is a comprehensive resource to support music leaders and school teachers who work with deaf children, and is a culmination of the experiences and learning from across a 3-year programme in specialist schools for deaf children funded by Youth Music.

The toolkit consists of two sections, a theoretical introduction and a practical section with step-by-step guides to creating warm-up activities, musical games and main activities, supported by video examples. This free resource can be found on Creative Futures’ website here.

There is also an in-depth blog post about the creation of the toolkit here!