Evaluating parent–child group music therapy programmes: Challenges and successes for <i>Sing & Grow</i>

Kate E. Williams, Jan M. Nicholson, Vicky Abad, Louise Docherty and Donna Berthelsen

in Music Therapy and Parent–Infant Bonding

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580514
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728730 | DOI:
Evaluating parent–child group music therapy programmes: Challenges and successes for Sing & Grow

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Sing & Grow, established in 2001, is an early intervention music therapy programme for families with children from birth to three years of age, who are socially, economically, or physically disadvantaged. It aims to improve parenting skills and confidence, promote positive parent-child interactions, stimulate child development, and provide social networking opportunities. Since the early years of the programme, a number of evaluation approaches have been trialled and successes have been critical for obtaining significant funding for the expansion of the programme nationally in Australia. This chapter discusses some of the common challenges in programme evaluation and the lessons learned from undertaking evaluation regularly. The chapter includes three music therapists in Sing & Grow project management roles, and two academic researchers.

Keywords: Sing & Grow programme; music therapy; programme evaluation; parent-child interactions; music therapists; programme management

Chapter.  7029 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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