Promoting children’s wellbeing, right to make choices and engage in playful activities in restricted environments through music and singing


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Blackburn C

Year of Publication:
2018

Publisher(s):
Birmingham City University

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This study represents a Froebelian exploration of the benefits for children attending Birmingham Children’s Hospital in participating in Ex Cathedra’s Singing Medicine project.

Themes that arose from interviews included the important characteristics of the Singing Medicine vocal tutors; contribution to children’s emotions; contribution to child/family experiences of hospital; contribution to children’s development and learning (including neurodevelopment); spiritual and cultural dimensions; contribution to medical care (including contribution to the wellbeing of health professionals), contextual aspects of the project and contribution to family life, patterns and structures.

From observations there was evidence of choices for children; following children’s lead; facilitating medical care; building memorable moments for families and focussing on children’s holistic development. From the focus group discussion with vocal tutors it was noted that there are important characteristics of and values held by the vocal tutors that relate to valuing children and families interests and strengths and empowering them, as well as ensuring that the project brings a positive dimension to their hospital experience.



Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Primary Research

Context: Hospital

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Blalckburn, C. (2018). Promoting children's wellbeing, right to make choices and engage in playful activities in restricted environments through music and singing. Birmingham: Birmingham City University.