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ERIC Number: EJ1185471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
The "Serious Business" of Musical Play in the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum
Trinick, Robyn; Pohio, Lesley
Music Educators Journal, v104 n4 p20-24 Jun 2018
Children have a natural curiosity about sound. This is particularly evident in the context of musical play. The potential of play for music learning may be overshadowed by a teacher-led and performance-focused approach to music education rather than an organic, self-initiated approach. By bringing together the child's natural curiosity about sound, a rich music environment, and effective teacher guidance, the stage is set for building a strong foundation of musical understandings during a child's first five years, a critical period of the child's musical development. This article draws attention to and provides examples of ways that musical play can be fostered and enacted in the New Zealand early childhood context. The unique, holistic nature of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum, "Te Whariki," does not address music explicitly. Rather, aspects of music pedagogies are embedded throughout the document, within a complex weaving together of principles, strands, and goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A