Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, established to provide a network of communication, encourage teacher development, and advocate education of parents, classroom teachers and administrators.

 

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  • Music-Making in the Home: A Review of Selected Studies

    Author Sarah Aherne

    By Sarah Aherne

    When children enter our music classes, they bring with them knowledge and skills that they have acquired from their non-school environments, such as home, preschool, daycare, and church. Because each child’s set of mesosystems1 is different, their experiences upon entering our music and movement classes are unique: they enter with varied musical backgrounds and skills.

    In order for music instruction to be successful, early childhood music teachers should understand their students’ home musical environments (Brand, 1985; Kirkpatrick, 1962; Mallett, 2000; Shelton, 1965), as well its relationship with family culture and ethnicity (Custodero, 2003, 2006; Kreutzer, 2001) and electronic or play-based media (Custodero, 2003; Sims & Udtaisuk, 2008) . Music teachers should also be aware of the link between music aptitude and children’s musical experiences in the home (Brand, 1986; Friend, 1939; Gordon, 1997; Zdzinski, 1992,1996). Because a child’s success in music class is not…

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