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ERIC Number: EJ859859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
Music for the Very Young: How to Use the Suzuki Method in the Preschool Classroom
Garner, Alison Maerker
Teaching Music, v16 n2 p28-31 Oct 2008
Music learning and music performance involve all aspects of the individual: cognitive, emotional, social, and psychomotor. John Feierabend shows that music requires a special kind of intellectual process that is unique to the discipline. Brain density reaches its peak in a child's first few years of life; hence, as with language, music learning must start early to be successful. After the aural recognition of sounds, words, or phrases, children repeat and practice them until they are memorized. Symbolic representation of these sounds, or reading, comes later once an adequate linguistic or musical vocabulary is established. This listen-repeat-memorize method is how the brain functions best, setting up pathways that lay the ground-work for learning new disciplines and skills. These are the basic tenets and philosophy of the Suzuki Method. It's never too early to start teaching music to children, and the Suzuki Method can be a useful tool for preschool educators. In this article, the author discusses how a child learns most effectively in ways that parallel the brain's development, how music affects the young child's readiness to learn, and how the philosophy of the Suzuki Method can be applied to the preschool classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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