ERIC Number: EJ915069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 2
The Music within
Rajan, Rekha S.
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v22 n2 p34-37 Sum 2010
Providing opportunity for musical exploration is essential to any early childhood program. Through music making, children are actively engaged with their senses: they listen to the complex sounds around them, move their bodies to the rhythms, and touch and feel the textures and shapes of the instruments. The inimitable strength of the Montessori classroom is the focus on child-centered learning. Music stimulates the senses, and guided by the teacher's direction, children begin taking ownership of their music making and, in turn, share their experiences with their peers. Montessori clearly recognized the importance of music education for young children as she integrated methods of instruction throughout her curriculum. Montessori believed that music was a necessary part of a complete education, one that supported sensorial education and child-centered learning. Most importantly, it was her intense belief that all teachers can, and should, integrate music education into their classroom.
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Young Children, Montessori Method, Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Auditory Stimuli, Peer Influence, Teaching Methods, Holistic Approach, Musical Instruments, Singing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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