Early Childhood and Music

Why is early childhood music valuable and necessary?

Early childhood music is valuable and necessary because it is a child's beginning of a musical life. Children can learn all sorts of interesting things from music. Take the alphabet for example, no children do not necessarily know what each letter is for, but they know that the letters exist and the song is a way to make that beginning connection. Also, it allows children to begin to move to music and create a love for music. It is a great way for children also to express themselves because music can be another demension for some children.

4 key points in the teaching philosophy of early childhood music are:

-Making music is as much a basic life skill as walking or talking.
-The years from birth through age six are critical for learning how to unscramble the aural images of music and to develop mental representations for organizing the music of the culture
-Early childhood is also the time when children learn about their world primarily through the magical process of play.
-Just as all children are born with the potential to learn to speak and understand their native language, all children are born with the potential to learn to perform and understand their culture's music

What did you learn about the development of a child’s singing voice?

I learned that a child's singing voice is always developing, you should never tell a child that he or she cannot sing. They are experimenting and being a child. I know also from personal experience that if you tell a child that he or she cannot do something, they will begin to believe that and not do it anymore. I think that it is very important to encourage a child to sing and have personal growth with their singing.

What experiences or activities should an early childhood music class include?

-Movement

-Song

-Instruments

-Musical introduction (notes, music reading)

-FUN

What is audiation?

Audiation is the formation of musicianship, which can be done by listening to music or learning about music.