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Using Music to Nurture Brain Development in Children

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Led by Jo Stockdale

Our growing understanding of the brain is no longer just a topic for neuroscientists; we now know that every human interaction we experience affects the development of our brains, meaning that the adults who work and live with children have an enormous impact on how children learn, and develop positive attitudes and behaviours.

We also know that music making is recognised as the most brain-enhancing activity one can do, at any age, which ultimately means that music practitioners have enormous potential to nurture the development of healthy, happy young people. But keeping up with a brain that is changing so fast is a challenge!

This session will give you a clear understanding of the neural development which takes place from birth throughout early childhood, in particular showing you how the social and emotional growth in children is so dependent; not only on what you put in; but just as importantly, how.
Covering specific information on the role that your music practice plays in promoting neural growth, this session provides essential, actionable knowledge; showing you how to use your impact to strengthen cognitive, social and emotional competence; and ultimately will help you to nurture children's ability to learn, do and 'be well."

Jo Stockdale is a trainer and consultant with Child Learning and Development Advisory Centre (CLADAC). Jo has a background in creative practice and arts development, with a particular interest in Arts and Health and has spent several years developing arts programmes to support emotional wellbeing; in mental health and dementia care settings. Jo started working with psychologist Dr Elizabeth Morris in 2007 while exploring the measurable impacts on the social and emotional competencies in children and established CLADAC with Elizabeth in 2010. She now specialises in training all kinds of practitioners in brain development, helping them to understand how to nurture social and emotional growth, and good mental health 'from the inside out', from birth onwards. She is also an active drama practitioner with a particular interest in supporting young people with learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioural difficulties.


OUR FUTURE CITY EARLY YEARS MUSIC PROGRAMME

Our Future City is delivering a pilot early years’ music programme across Brighton & Hove until February 2019 offering new, holistic and sustainable early years music to benefit children under 5 who are most in need in Brighton & Hove.

The programme includes network and workforce development, high-quality, targeted musical activity and embedded research & evaluation practices. The programme is being designed and delivered by SoundCity partners, Children Centres and OFC partners, including arts, health and education professionals.

What's on offer?

The pilot activities are exploring new settings for early years music making, and new musical repertoire, tools and techniques. As part of this work, we are able to offer monthly professional development and networking sessions for Early Years Practitioners across the city from June 2018 to February 2019.

The offer is open to anyone working in early years music from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area and the sessions are suitable for early career practitioners as well as the very experienced. Please do share this opportunity with others you think may be interested.

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