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Thank you and your child for your interest in participating in our Home Dance Study! In this study, we are investigating how children ages 3-6 years move to different types of music.


What will happen in the study?
In this study, your child will be moving (including but not limited to dancing) along to 4 different provided songs in your own home. You will also answer questions about your child’s musical preferences and family background.

There are two methods to complete the musical portion:

Do-It-Yourself (DIY): Record your child moving to the songs on your own device. Then, send us the videos through WeTransfer or Google Drive.

Appointment: Schedule a Zoom video call appointment with our lab. We will record the video on our end, so you will not need to record or send us anything.

Who can participate?
Children ages 3-6 years can participate.

I’m not from the Toronto area – can I still participate?
Yes! This study is done completely from the comfort of your own space, so you may participate from anywhere in the world.

What songs will there be?
We will provide you with 4 instrumental songs which are 1 minute in length each. The songs are embedded in an online form, so you will not have to download anything to play them.

What materials do I need to participate?
Internet access is also required to play the songs and complete the background questionnaire.

DIY option: You will need a video-recording camera (e.g. your mobile device) to record your child dancing.

Video call appointment option: You will need device(s) that will allow you to be in the video call with us and play Youtube videos at the same time. This means that you either are on just one computer with a webcam and speakers, OR you use a phone to be in the Zoom call and another device (such as phone or laptop) to play the Youtube videos. Internet access is required.

What do I get for participating?
Your child will receive an electronic Junior Scientist certificate for their contribution to science by email. You will be entered in a draw to win a $30 CAD gift card (odds are 1 in 20). Winners will be contacted by email.

I want to complete this study on my own time and record my child myself – how do I sign up?
If you would like to complete the study through recording your child yourself and sending us the videos afterwards, you may begin the study whenever you and your child are ready with your computer and camera!


I want to complete this study online by video call appointment  – how do I sign up?
Please email us at with your child’s name date of birth as well as your preferred times and dates. We will get back to you as soon as we can.