Step into music! The effects of the music mat on sedentary time, physical activity, and motor skills among preschool-aged children

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  • 24 000,00

Project timetable

Project start date: 01/09/2017

Project end date: 31/08/2018


Low levels of physical activity (PA) and high amounts of sedentary behavior (SB), especially excessive sitting, are associated with higher risk of cardio-metabolic health indicators, obesity, elevated blood pressure, poor physical fitness, and academic achievement among both children and adults. Regular moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) mitigates the risks and is essential for children’s healthy growth and development as well as physical and mental wellbeing of both children and adults.

The main purpose of the present case study is to investigate effects of music mat on SB and PA of 5-6-year old children and their parents in the home environment. Further, the purpose is to study whether short-term (eight weeks) use of music mat influences children’s motor skills, specifically coordination, balance, and rhythm ability. We also investigate whether parent’s SB, PA, and musical background, as well as their daily PA-habits have an effect on children’s behavior. Children’s own voice is heard by measuring their self-perceived competence in music and exercise.

Both statistical and qualitative analyses methods will be used due to multidisciplinary nature of the study.

Estimated time for starting the Step into music! study is autumn 2017 after the piloting questionnaires and tests, and permission of University of Jyväskylä Ethical Committee.

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