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ERIC Number: ED175547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Musical Nurture in the Early Years of Children.
Miller, Samuel D.
Children are naturally musical and should be musically educated. Music provides a unique way for children to grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. Music fulfills an inner drive to express feelings and experiences in a symbolic, abstract, creative, and acceptable manner which is positive and valued. Musical nurture should begin within the home environment at birth and continue in nursery school and kindergarten. It should be centered around two basic goals: (1) to increase significantly the enjoyment and basic response to music through beautiful, appealing and imaginative experiences, and (2) to help children formulate basic concepts about the constituent patterns of the sound experienced. The first of these goals is most important. Musical nurture and learnings may be developed through enjoyable and attentive listening experiences, performance with instruments (including singing), and the creation of original compositions, effects, accompaniments, and other related activities including free interpretive dance and movement. The most significant of these activities is listening. Children from roughly 4 to 6 years of age are capable of learning a vast number of additional basic concepts about music. Learning of rhythmic, melodic, instrumentation, harmonic, dynamic and textural concepts is best facilitated through a combination of listening, performing and creating experiences. Children should be given the opportunity to grow musically in their early years, when much can be achieved easily and naturally. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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