ERIC Number: ED332799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-15
Reference Count: N/A
Music: An Avenue for Cultural Literacy.
Ball, Wesley A.
This paper discusses aspects of the role of music in the preschool setting. The teaching and singing of folk songs are an avenue through which cultural literacy can be explored. A sensory approach to song learning that includes visual, kinesthetic, and aural stimuli increases children's vocabulary. Some theories suggest that musical intelligence is only one of several forms of intelligence. Without active musical involvement, there is a loss of children's musical aptitude between ages five and six. Because art forms are not isolated in the child's world, music can be used as a companion to other forms, such as dramatic play and stories. Strategies for teaching must be active. When such styles are used, children will be involved through sensory modes of learning. In conclusion, research shows that musical aptitude becomes stabilized before age nine, and that more consideration must be given to the musical experiences of children between the ages of three and eight. Appendixes contain songs and examples of active listening teaching strategies. (BC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Folk Music; Lyrics; Music Ability
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Association on Children under Six (42nd, Atlanta, GA, March 15, 1991).