In early childhood, the most important period of learning and human development, young children often achieve developmental milestones in a short time. Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music presents research on the importance of fostering musical growth during this period. These studies discuss: ·applying brain research to young children’s musical growth · music in the home and child-care contexts · musical characteristics of the young child · language acquisition as a lens on music learning · music as a foundation for communication · parental conceptions of the role of music in early childhood · music as a pathway for building community · using music to elicit vocalizations in children with special needs With research designs ranging from statistical, mixed methods, survey, content analysis, and case study, to philosophical inquiry, this book will help practitioners base their practice in research and offers a wide range of information for scholars and researchers studying early childhood music learning and development.
What a treasure chest of information for early childhood music and movement specialists. I was able to immediately apply learned concepts to the entire range of my teaching―from classes with infants through college courses. Busy teachers can now efficiently access a rich set of research-based anecdotal evidences―sure to inform best practices in both advocacy and daily classroom applications. Graduate students and seasoned professionals alike will recognize Learning From Young Children as a compelling primary resource. Representing the work of some of early childhood music’s leading thinkers, this collection could become a lexicon builder, and its applied bibliography is certain to fill literature reviews and to facilitate decision making for many years to come. (Rick Townsend, director, Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, and professor, music education)
Our understanding of young children’s musical worlds continues to expand, but much of the scholarship is scattered among various and diverse sources. Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music provides one much-needed source for early childhood teachers, music teachers, and scholars to inform their work. The literature reviews and research studies reflect continuity with past research as well as models of contemporary thinking regarding modes of scholarly inquiry and topics of study, such as the important role of parents and caregivers in children’s musical development; curriculum for more diverse populations of children; parallels between music and language acquisition; use of media and new technologies for conducting research and interacting with parents. This book, with chapters by eminent and emerging scholars in the profession, is a major and valuable contribution to the field. (Joanne Rutkowski, professor, music education, Pennsylvania State University)
Well written and accessible, the book covers important topics in a respectful, relevant manner and allows research to inform instruction in the early childhood-music classroom…. Summing up: Highly recommended. Upper division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. (CHOICE)
This collection of studies in early childhood music education is a result of the 2009 conference convened by a National Association for Music Education Special Research Interest Group….This book includes much substance of value. The first few chapters are an excellent case for the sound-to-sign-totheory approach of instrumental music instruction. (Music Educators Journal)
About the Author
Suzanne L. Burton is associate professor of music education and director of graduate studies at the University of Delaware.
Cynthia Crump Taggart is professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University, where she also directs the Early Childhood Music Program.