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ERIC Number: EJ1000241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
"You Are My Sunshine My Only Sunshine": Current Music Activities in Kindergarten Classrooms in Queensland, Australia
Garvis, Susanne
Australian Journal of Music Education, n1 p14-21 2012
Music in early years classrooms is an important learning area for young children. Young children need access to hear different genres of music, learn a variety of repertoire, engage in composing and play musical instruments. With the changing reform agenda in early childhood education however, little is known about the way music is positioned in the kindergarten classrooms. Little is known if music is still considered an important foundation for children's learning. This study provides a snapshot of music activities in two kindergartens in Queensland, Australia. At each of the case sites, music plays an important role in helping the children learn. Findings reveal that music is seen as a foundation for many of the daily routines and an important element of inquiry based-learning in the classroom. The kindergarten teachers are essential in developing the domain-intrinsic knowledge of the children. Findings show the importance of the teacher in helping children learn music in the early years.
Australian Society for Music Education. P.O. Box 5, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia. Tel: +61-3-9925-7807; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia