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ERIC Number: EJ851688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
The Extramusical Effects of Music Lessons on Preschoolers
deVries, Peter
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v29 n2 p6-10 Jun 2004
The aim of the present study was to investigate the extramusical effects of a music education program in one preschool classroom over a period of six weeks. The class had not previously been exposed to regular music lessons. Readily available teaching resources containing sound recordings were used. Analysis revealed six themes that addressed the extramusical effect of music lessons: (1) involvement in music activities allowed children to release energy; (2) engagement in music-movement activities developed motor skills in children; (3) a variety of music activities promoted opportunities for student socialisation; (4) music activities provided opportunities for children to express themselves; (5) music contributed to sociodramatic play; and (6) music listening activities focused children's listening skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia