Musical care during the beginning of life in the UK:

Exploring experiences and policy recommendations

There have been flag-ship institutions where well-established and innovative specific musical care practices at the beginning of life take place in the UK and abroad. Musical care practices at the beginning of life can include in mum and baby groups, music therapy in neonatal intensive care units and much more. At the same time, there is now substantial evidence base for some of this work.

However, availability of musical care is not equally distributed around the UK or across the various areas of the beginning of life. Activities are not always clearly visible and there are barriers to participation.

This project explores the experience of, and barriers to, musical care during the beginning of life in the UK. We are interested in hearing from providers, people who have gone to musical activities and those who have experienced barriers to participation.

Get involved in the research

Are you expecting a baby, or do you have a baby under 5?

We are currently running a survey (it takes around 40 mins) to help us understand access to and experience of music activities for parents and their babies. The results of this survey will be used to inform policy suggestions we will be making as part of this project.

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Do you deliver music activities (e.g., community music, music in health work, music therapy):

  • During pregnancy (for expectant parents)?
  • During the first 2 years after birth (for parents and/or babies)?

We’d love to hear from you if you are doing this work now or have done so in the last 5 years.

We are currently running a survey (it takes around 25 mins) to help us understand how these activities can be better supported, sustained, and implemented more widely to reach as many and diverse a range of people as possible. The results of this survey will be used to inform policy suggestions we will be making as part of this project.

Entry into a prize draw for a 20 pound Amazon voucher is on offer for everyone who fully completes the survey.

Click the button to take the survey – thank you!

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Project Team

Neta Spiro (PI)
Elizabeth Coombes
Rosie Perkins
Katie Rose M. Sanfilippo
Emily Tredget

 

Research assistants
Debi Graham
Mark Rowles
Berenice Beverley Zammit

 

Support
Royal College of Music:
Knowledge Exchange Fund
Policy Support Fund

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