Increasing Musical Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood Settings

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A recent Tri-borough Music Hub project in London placed ten musicians to work with ten early childhood practitioners, each from a different setting.

Six of the ten early childhood practitioners were from diverse ethnic backgrounds. In the majority of urban settings in the UK a multi-ethnic workforce representative of the local demographic is the norm. All but one of the visiting musicians, plus the mentors and project leader were from white British, middle class backgrounds. We noticed that the musicians overlooked the musical identity of the childhood practitioners they were paired with and did not explore the potentials of musical diversity.

  • The small research project we report here was motivated by that observation. We interviewed ethnically diverse early childhood practitioners from four settings in the West London, Tri-borough area.

Authors: Susan Young and Nicola Burke with MERYC-England and Tri-Borough Music Education Hub

Publication date: April 2019


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