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ERIC Number: EJ1104316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Creative Musical Play: An Innovative Approach to Early Childhood Music Education in an Urban Community School of Music
John, Bina Ann; Cameron, Linda; Bartel, Lee
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v15 n3 p21-36 Jun 2016
Music is a distinct form of communication that manifests naturally when children are engaged in musical play regardless of their cultural backgrounds. In an ethnically diverse, urban community music school, where the majority of children represent non-western populations, the need for creativity-focused approaches that do not assume a western classical orientation is especially critical. The purpose of this study is to explore an innovative approach in early childhood music education that highlights creative musical play. Data analyses revealed that social and shared regulation behaviors manifested most consistently in the free exploration forms of creative musical play. Guided musical play and free exploration elicited more positive emotions than the musical play elicited during rituals. The findings of this study reveal the potential for creative musical play to enhance musical communication by nurturing children's capacities to communicate and relate to each other. [This paper was presented at the 9th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education (2015).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)
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