Creative meaning-making in infants’ and young children's musical cultures

Margaret S. Barrett, Johannella Tafuri

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Well before the infant can grasp the materials of art-making in order to make an original impression, he/she has been engaged in creative music-making for some considerable time. What do we know of this early creativity in music? How is it manifested? What are its characteristic features and forms? What role does this early activity play in children's development? How might children's early creative work be supported and extended? As teachers and early childhood educators, how might we draw on this rich resource of music engagement in developing further children's musical understanding and skills? This article explores these questions by focusing on the creative meaning-making of children from birth to early schooling (age 0–5 years). It examines the ways young children engage in creative music activity in family and community settings, individually, socially, institutionally, and culturally, and considers the implications of this engagement for their music learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Music Education
EditorsGary E. McPherson, Graham F. Welch
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780199730810
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes

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