Tiny Voices

Tiny Voices is a music project with preschool children.

Tiny Voices

Early Childhood Ireland has been engaged as a partner in a range of Art-based projects in 2013. One of these projects is Tiny Voices – a music project with preschool children.

Tiny Voices was a 16 weeks musician in residence project, located in the childcare centres of the Base in Ballyfermot Dublin 10 and Goldenbridge Day Nursery in Inchicore, Dublin 8. Two musicians Thomas Johnston and Eamon Sweeney worked with early childhood staff and children in both settings to communicate and explore and think through music and to consider the impact of music on children’s well-being, identity and belonging. So you can see that this project was about how music with young children contributes to the themes and learning goals of Aistear. The evaluation of the project was carried out by Mairead Berrill and is co-published with St Patrick’s College and in association with University College Cork.  

The research and findings from the project was published and launched in April 2013 by singer, songwriter and composer Julie Feeney.

ArtistMini You can Access the report here

Tiny Voices aims are to:The project began with discussions with the parents to encourage them to follow progress. The musicians, with the support of the early childhood practitioners, introduced the music through play – starting with children’s voices and movement and the beat, tone and pitch of the music. Children engaged in musical games, rhyme, song and dance and had opportunities to engage with real musical instruments, such as the classical guitar, ukulele, uilleann pipes and whistle.

  • promote enquiry and creative modes of expression and communication in children, through the dominant art form of music.
  • create a community of practice, whereby knowledge and skills are shared. Within this community, an exchange occurs, where the child learns alongside the artist and vice versa; the childcare practitioner learns alongside the artist (and vice versa) and parents learn alongside the artist / childcare practitioner.
  • rigorously document, research and evaluate the pilot and disseminate the learning to the wider childcare community, so that ‘exemplars of ‘music in practice’ can be shared.
  • allow artists and childcare practitioners to develop their own practice
  • enrich Aistear; the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, by evidencing examples of children encountering music that link directly to the Aistear themes e.g: well-being, identity and belonging, communication and exploring and thinking.

  Click for more information on the project from Common Ground’s Website Listen to some of the music associated with the Tiny Voices project:

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