The power of music to aid in the development of children with Down Syndrome is being studied in a remarkable research project at University College Cork (UCC).
The study brings music together with the fields of psychology and neuroscience so that the cognitive and neurobiological effects of a specially-designed music programme for children with Down Syndrome can be developed and fully evaluated.
The lead researcher of the study, Dr Eva McMullan, stated that the research project was inspired by the ongoing work between Music4Children and Down Syndrome Cork. “Since 2017 we have been teaching the Music4Children programme to children with Down Syndrome. Shortly after commencing the programme, the immediate benefits became apparent. Most often people tend to see the disability before they see the ability and this carefully designed music programme has allowed these children’s immense abilities to come through. This is what this project is about, celebrating ability.”