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This book uses an innovative approach to music for young children, using research findings to determine and substantiate good practice and emphasizing the belief that the nurturing of children's musical interest is of great import to their development and emotional lives. This comprehensive overview of music for young children demonstrates that the more a teacher knows and understands young children, they better they will be able to judge what is best for their group. Some topics covered are foundations of music learning, planning the environment, singing, creating, moving, playing, reading and writing, and listening. It is designed to be valuable to parents, music teachers, early childhood and elementary teachers.
PART I. FOUNDATIONS.
I. Foundations: The Context for Musical Lives of Young Children.
Philosophy: How Does Music Function in People's Lives? A Brief Look at the History of Music in Childhood. 21st Century Music for Young Children. How To Use This Book.
II. Foundations: Theories and Approaches Relevant to Education of Young Children.
Learning Theories. Approaches for Young Children.
III. Foundations: Music Learning and Development.
Issues. General Music Development. Overview of Music Development Theory.
IV. Foundations: Music Perception in Infancy.
Why Study Music in Infancy? Music Listening Skills in Infancy. Caregivers' Music for Infants. Summary and Music Education for Infants and Parents.
V. Foundations: Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Principles of Child Development and Learning That Inform Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
PART II. DELIVERY: METHODS AND ORGANIZATION.
VI. Methods and Organization: Methods.
Traditional Methods. Contemporary Methods. Choosing A Method.
VII. Methods and Organization: Organizing Instruction.
Standards. Objectives. Taxonomies. Curriculum Design. Evaluation of Student Learning. Planning the Environment for Learning. Lesson Planning. How to Plan: Preparing for the Children.
PART III. DELIVERY: EXPERIENCE.
VIII. Experiences: Listening.
Research. Application. Steps to Successful Listening Experiences. Examples of Listening Experiences.
IX. Experiences: Singing.
The Vocal Mechanism in Adults and Children. Research and Theories. Application. Steps to Successful Signing Experiences. Examples of Singing Experiences.
X. Experiences: Moving.
Research. Application. Steps to Successful Moving Experiences. Examples of Moving Experiences.
XI. Experiences: Creating.
Research. Application. Steps to Successful Creating Experiences. Examples of Experiences with Creating Music.
XII. Experiences: Playing Instruments.
Instruments. Application. Steps to Successful Playing Experiences. Examples of Experiences with Playing Music.
XIII. Experiences: Reading and Writing.
Research. Applicaton. Steps to Successful Reading/Writing Experiences. Examples of Reading and Writing Experiences.
XIV. Experiences: Integration of Music With Other Subjects.
Background. Common Links Among the Arts: Shared Curriculum. Experiences: Using Music to Successfully Enrich Instructional Strategies.
A. Glossary of Musical Terms.
B. Sample Timetable.
C. Summary of Young Children's Music Development and Guide to Exercises.
Books. Singing Resources. Computer Technology. Musical Assessment Tools. Recordings and Instruments. Professional Organizations.
Figures and Tables For Appendices.
Figures and Tables for Chapters.