This is the Place project: early years music making resources

Early Years Music Making Resources

A selection of early years music resources which have developed from our This is the Place Project in Darlington.

Funded by Youth Music, County Durham Community Foundation, Creative Darlington and Darlington Borough Council.

Why sing and make music with care-experienced babies and children? We’ve put together some free resources to share how music-making can help development and attachment. The resources include a playlist of songs, podcasts and a short film – all focused on supporting you to develop and strengthen relationships through play and music-making. We hope you enjoy them!

This is the Place Playlist

This collection of early years songs has been created by Carol Bowden and Katie Doherty, as part of a project for care experienced children and young people and their adults in Darlington called This is the Place. It is funded by Youth Music, County Durham Community Foundation, Creative Darlington and Darlington Borough Council.

Blue Cabin CIO · This is the Place Playlist

This is the Place: Music in the Early Years Podcast

Our host Dawn Williams, welcomes musicians Carol Bowden and Katie Doherty to our podcast to talk about This is the Place: a new programme bringing music-making to care-experienced children aged 0-5 years and their carers in Darlington.

Striking The Right Note: Using Music in the Early Years Bonus Podcast

How can we use music to help care-experienced babies and children develop and strengthen relationships?

Hosted by Dawn Williams, this special podcast shares learning from a music-making project in Darlington called This is The Place, and we hear from Blue Cabin Trustees – musician Eleanor Mooney, and Dr Ryan Humphrey who is a researcher in community music and cultural policy.

The Hows and Whys of Using Music in Early Years

In this wonderful film created by Anya Media and featuring Carol and Katie, you can find out about the Hows and Whys of early years music-making.

We have created this short film for those with babies and young children to share our ideas about why we sing and make music with babies and children. We hope you enjoy it and feel more confident, knowing that whatever way you make music with your little ones, you are doing such an important thing in being playful and musical with them.

The songs featured in the film, are featured in the playlist at the top of the page.


You can access the separate chapters by clicking on the links below (these will open in YouTube):

00:00 Start

00:30  Chapter One: The importance of music making

03:14  Chapter Two: The importance of singing

04:37  Chapter Three: How to make songs work for you

07:14  Chapter Four: Language Development

09:41  Chapter Five: Following instructions, anticipation and play

11:23  Chapter Six: Regulating, bonding and lullabies

12:46  Chapter Seven: Routine, repetition and rhythm

We are so grateful to our partner Theatre Hullabaloo for hosting our weekly This is The Place session and for being the location for our film!

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