RAMSR (Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation) is a program for young children that aims to support their attentional and emotional regulation skills, as well as mental flexibility, inhibition, and working memory (the executive functions).
It is based on a number of neurological areas of research as shown in the below figure, including music therapy, the cognitive benefits of music education, and self-regulation development.
The program was first designed and piloted in 2016 by Associate Professor Kate Williams (Queensland University of Technology) and her music therapy and early childhood music education colleagues.
The RAMSR pilot in 2016 showed some early promising benefits for children’s self-regulation development, and the program is the focus of a further clustered randomised control trial across 2019 to 2023.
Funding / Grants
- QUT Early Career Academic Research Development Grant (ECARD) (2014 - 2016)