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ERIC Number: EJ1020496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4294
Songs from the Car Seat: Exploring the Early Childhood Music-Making Place of the Family Vehicle
Koops, Lisa Huisman
Journal of Research in Music Education, v62 n1 p52-65 Apr 2014
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to investigate the musical "place" of the family vehicle by describing the music making of nine young children, ages 10 months to 4.5 years, that occurred in vehicles over the course of 9 weeks during which the children were enrolled in a researcher-led early childhood music course. Research questions examined the qualities of children's music making in the car, optimal activities, and comparison of in-car and at-home music spaces. Data included parent journals on music activities that occurred in a vehicle, parent-filmed videos of children's music-making activities both in and out of vehicles, videos of early childhood music classes, researcher field notes of music classes, and exit interviews with parents regarding their perceptions of music-making in the vehicles. The children sang, moved, listened to music, composed, and improvised while in the car, with activities mostly similar to those that occurred inside of the home. The family vehicle provided several advantageous characteristics as compared with the home, including reduced distractions; proximity to siblings, leading to increased sibling interaction at times; and opportunity for parent and child reflection.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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