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Mrs Lindsay Ibbotson

Honorary Fellow in the School of Education

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Mrs Lindsay Ibbotson is a very active member of the Arts and Music community in the North East of England. She has contributed to a wide range of arts and music activities in the region as co-producer, and director of musicals for schools and community groups. She has run numerous music workshops for local schools, and is a member of the Music Education Council Working Groups for Early Years, Singing, and for Research. 

In 2018/19, she led a large randomised control trial in 55 schools (3,000 children) across Teesside, Sheffield and the North East of England to test the impact of the Kodály approach to music on the literacy and behavioural outcomes of young children. This was funded by the Education Endowment Foundation-funded project and the Royal Society for the Arts in partnership with the British Kodály Academy and Tees Valley Music Service - (https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects-and-evaluation/projects/first-thing-music/) and https://firstthingmusic.co.uk/. Results will be published in September 2020.

 This project was conceived and developed by Lindsay, with the assistance of members of staff in the School of Education, namely Dr Beng Huat See and Prof Christine Merrell, who helped design the pilot trial that led to the EEF funding and the publication of the first paper on a randomised control trial of the Kodály approach to music in the UK. Lindsay has consulted with Dr See on the EEF trial design, implementation and measurements throughout the period of the trial. 

Lindsay has close collaboration with the Durham School of Education guest lecturing on the Music Education module and delivering Seminars. 

The Kodály music approach is gaining traction and interest in the UK, and given the interest of the Combined Authority (TVCA) in a longitudinal study, there is plenty of opportunity and scope for mutual cooperation in developing a long-term partnership between the work of the School of Education and the local Music Hubs, schools and the community. 

 See, B.H. and Ibbotson, L. (2018) A feasibility study of the impact of a Kodály-inspired music programme on the development outcomes of four to five year olds in England. International Journal of Educational Research, 89: 10-21. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0883035518302696