Young children & music

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    Wednesday, 16 September, 2015 - 16:02

Music in the early years settings will involve a whole range of activities from adult-led group work through to individual children creating music on their own in a music area. This resource:

focuses on child-initiated and adult-responsive music activity.
encourages observation, documentation and reflection as a way to plan for children’s learning.
recognises early years practitioners and musicians are the experts; and
advocates working collaboratively and in constant dialogue to create a shared philosophy that celebrates children’s competency, skills and existing musicality.

It is important that all involved take the time to observe and listen to, the rich and varied music play of children. Music play that often goes unnoticed and unvalued in a rush to ‘do activity’.

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Music in the early years settings will involve a whole range of activities from adult-led group work through to individual children creating music on their own in a music area. This resource:

focuses on child-initiated and adult-responsive music activity.
encourages observation, documentation and reflection as a way to plan for children’s learning.
recognises early years practitioners and musicians are the experts; and
advocates working collaboratively and in constant dialogue to create a shared philosophy that celebrates children’s competency, skills and existing musicality.

It is important that all involved take the time to observe and listen to, the rich and varied music play of children. Music play that often goes unnoticed and unvalued in a rush to ‘do activity’.

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Observing, documenting and reflecting on children's musical play

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Things to listen for and observe in chldren's musical play with instruments

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Things to listen for and observe in chidren's vocal play

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Responding to children's musical play with instruments

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Responding to children's group musical play with instruments

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Responding to children's musical play using your own instruments

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Questions

Questions to consider

  • What is the nature of children’s musicality and musical worlds?
  • How can we nurture children’s musical creativity?
  • How can environment and choice of instruments/sound makers encourage or hinder children’s musicality?
  • What are the children learning through these experiences?
  • How can we ‘move on’/create progression in children’s spontaneous music play?

Young Children & Music

‘Starting from the child, or group of children – from what they know already and their interests –  is the teaching approach encouraged in all other areas of children’s learning. It is an integrated approach which enables children to make connections.  They have essential input into how the curriculum is planned and through this approach; they are more likely to develop a positive attitude towards music.Marjorie Ouvry (2004)

Moving on

Moving on

One of the challenges with child-initiated music play is to know when and how to move on. The children will naturally progress from week to week but here are links to two case studies examples where children’s musical ideas have developed into longer term learning journeys:
Group of two year olds
4 year olds - mark-making and music

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