Musical Development Matters is a brand new guidance document that has been written to support those who work with young children in Early Childhood: Early Childhood practitioners, teachers, musicians, and parents. The guidance has been written to complement the current Development Matters guidance and has therefore been written using the same format and specified age ranges.
The guidance is split into 4 aspects of musical development:
Musical Development Matters uses the same 6 age ranges specified in Development Matters:
And draws upon the following themes also specified in Development Matters:
This format has been used to complement the existing Development Matters guidance to enable Early Childhood practitioners and teachers to use a familiar, existing framework. The guidance is co-badged by The British Association of Early Childhood Education and Youth Music and will be available to download for free via their websites, with other supporting resources.
Music interweaves through all areas of learning and development which can be seen throughout the guidance. We hope that the guidance will help those working with young children to recognise and enjoy listening to children’s creative music making, listen to music with children, make music with children and support children’s musical and holistic development.