Research into early years and the arts

An ongoing list compiled by LEAN research into early years and the arts

This ongoing list aims to provide a resource point for arts and culture research and evidence. We well come suggestions from our community. Do you have something to add? Please email



Mac Makes Music's Tune into Listening action research project (supported by Youth Music and in partnership with several Children's Centres and nurseries) spent a year exploring young children's listening preferences, how they listen, and how music can be used effectively in Early Years settings. See the resource they produced here


When practice meets theory: The social benefits of very young children making music together Move Groove Improve: A research project to determine whether additional music input can help to  “close the attainment gap” for children identified at two years old of being at risk of being left behind their more affluent or mainstream peers



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