Singing and Invented Song-making in Infants’ and Young Children’s Early Learning and Development: From Shared to Independent Song-making

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This chapter draws on a range of disciplines including music developmental psychology, cultural psychology, ethnomusicology, archeology, aesthetics, and evolutionary theory to illustrate the ubiquitous nature of singing and song-making in human thought and activity. Invented song-making, a phenomenon that emerges in infancy between infant and carer, functions as a cultural tool in children’s engagement in social and cultural settings, plays a role in children’s early learning and development across many dimensions, and lays the foundations for musical parenting. This shared music-making underpins the
emergence of children’s independent song-making. The chapter pursues these notions through five questions: What is young children’s invented song-making? When and how does singing and invented song-making emerge? What prompts and supports early singing and invented song-making? What function does early singing and invented songmaking have in young children’s early learning and development? How might young children’s early singing and invented song-making be supported and developed?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Singing
EditorsGraham F. Welch
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780199660773
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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