Who We Are

Kathryn Mason, Co-Founder 

Katie is a developmental psychologist, researcher and musician with over 12 years experience in developmental, cognitive and educational research. Her main research areas include the development of language and cognitive skills in deaf and hearing children, and the design and impact of school-based interventions.

She is especially interested in how children acquire language, thinking and problem solving skills (known as executive functions), and the underlying mechanisms that make some activities particularly effective in supporting these areas of children’s development.

Katie completed her doctorate in Psychology at University College London in 2017, where she designed and evaluated the effect of a music-based intervention on deaf children’s executive function skills. She has always been driven to explore the potential for music training to grow and reinforce key cognitive skills, and is dedicated to conducting research with a collaborative grassroots approach, working with Deaf and hearing teachers, musicians, artists, other practitioners and young people.

Katie is currently a member of Ladder Lab where she is carrying out research to understand how literacy and language skills are acquired in preschool, as well as investigating the underlying cognitive processes involved in literacy development. You can read more about Katie’s work here.

Alice Bowmer, Co-Founder

Alice is a musician, violin teacher and researcher who began teaching music in 2008 with children aged 6 months – 6 years. Alice now runs a music teaching practice where she works with pupils between 6-18 years, as well as supporting community music projects for preschool children.

Alice’s current research looks at how music and arts training can impact upon executive functions and speech, language and communication skills. She is also particularly interested in how group synchronisation may support attentional mechanisms and therefore the possibility for perception.

Alice is an honorary research associate at the UCL Institute of Education.


Our Collaborators 

The UCL Institute of Education is ranked first in the world for education in the QS World University Rankings, and has been so every year since 2014. It is the largest education research body in the United Kingdom, with over 700 research students in the doctoral school.

At Hackney New Primary School the school day begins with a music lesson for every class. HNPS have chosen to make Music a core part of our curriculum because: Musical performance rewards individual effort and teamwork. Learning to play an instrument teaches focus, concentration and perseverance. Performing, composing and appreciating music is beautiful and joyful.

Orchestras for All are on a mission is to unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making for 11-18 years olds with complex lives.

Hackney Music are the number one music education provider to Hackney schools. HMS work closely with Headteachers and partners to ensure that their work is flexible and responsive to the needs of schools.

The VOCES8 Foundation is a vocal music education charity that brings the power of singing to communities around the world.

Creative Futures is a charity with a proven track record of delivering fun and inspiring music and arts projects that children from all backgrounds can take part in. They boost young people’s learning, build self-esteem and bring together families who feel isolated in their communities.

Tiziana Pozzo is really passionate about music education and therapy. After her piano degree at the Venice Conservatoire, she decided to specialise in early years music and music therapy.

She has collaborated with educational institutions (from nurseries to universities) on music and music therapy projects in Italy, Spain and the UK for many years.

Since 2013, she has held workshops and CPD courses about body percussion and circle singing for teachers and educators. In 2016 she began working with Creative Futures and University College London on various research projects, and in 2018 she co-founded the music school Music Tree in north London.