Richard Addison initiated this research to evaluate the effects of his approach to the teaching and learning of music in the early school years. The project is designed to look for changes not only in music lessons but also in the general, non-musical learning and behaviour of children aged 4–8.
A team from Newcastle University is associated with Gateshead Education Authority in this research.
A description of the method is included, together with initial findings of the first year's work. These indicate significant improvements in children's musical skills, together with increased signs of confidence and co-operation in music lessons. Little evidence of change in other lessons was found.