The Power of musical play

the value of play-based, child-centered curriculum in early childhood music education

Amanda Niland

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Abstract

Young children learn through play.This has long been acknowledged in the writings of educational theorists dating back as far as Rousseau, Pestalozzi, and Froebel and is strongly supported by current early childhood research. Play is at the heart of contemporary early childhood pedagogy, and this has led to a strong belief in the importance of an emergent, child-centered approach to curriculum. Although music educators commonly recognize the importance of making music enjoyable, music education pedagogy for young children is often teacher led and structured toward specific behavioral outcomes. Research has shown, however, that child-centered musical play can be a powerful medium for young children’s exploration of many musical elements and concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalGeneral music today
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • early childhood
  • play
  • emergent curriculum
  • singing

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