Understanding mothers' perspectives on early childhood music programmes

Sally Anne Savage

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There is a plethora of information regarding music and how it makes you smarter. Parenting literature espouses the benefits of early childhood music for development in cognition, physical, social and emotional areas but I argue that parents are not really interested in these benefits particularly when choosing to send their children to early childhood music classes. Using a sociologically inspired framework and narrative case study methodology, this study explores the experiences of 13 middle-class Australian mothers who have attended early childhood music classes with their child for over 12 months to highlight their perspectives on why they have chosen music for their child and what they see the long term benefits to be.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127 - 139
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Journal of Music Education
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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