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ERIC Number: EJ854426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Learning a Music Instrument in Early Childhood: What Can We Learn from Professional Musicians' Childhood Memories?
Smith, Wyverne
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v33 n4 p54-62 Dec 2008
Professional early childhood educators are often asked for advice about whether or when a young child should learn to play a music instrument. Many educators who do not have a background in music education may not be confident in providing such advice. A range of overseas research has supported learning a music instrument in the early childhood years, noting the importance of parental support. This research project investigated the effects, especially emotional, on children's lives of adding instrumental music lessons to their general education, using the strategy of surveying professional musicians about their childhood experiences. Of the 46 professionals surveyed, all but two reported that the addition of music lessons to their general education had improved their enjoyment of childhood. Implications for early childhood professionals and teacher educators are also considered. (Contains 3 tables.)
Early Childhood Australia. P.O. Box 7105, Watson, ACT 2602, Australia. Tel: +61-2-6242-1800; Fax: +61-2-6242-1818; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Hungary; Japan; United States