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Boyd, Anne E.
Music in Early Childhood.
17p.; Paper presented at the International Conferpncp
on Early Education and Development (21st, Hong Kong,
July 31-August 4, 1989).
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Early Childhood Education; *Educational Practices;
*Individual Differences; *Integrated Curriculum;
*Music; Musical Instruments; *Music Education; Music
Reading; *Readiness; Singing; Teacher Role; Young
*Developmentally Appropriate Programs
This paper emphasizes the importance of music as an
integral part of the education of the young child, and draws
attention to a few ways in which parents and teachers can contribute
to children's musical development. Sections of the paper focus on
seven questions: (1) Is music really universal? (2) When should
musical training begin? (3) When should music education begin? (4)
What is meant by a 'developmental' music program? (5) Is music
relevant to other areas of early learning? (6) What about reading
music? and (7) What is the role of the instrumental teacher? It is
concluded that each child has a natural right to the best musical
education his or her society can provide, and it is hoped that
society in the the 21st century will fully recognize that right. The
bibliography of 19 citations on music in relation to education and
development is supplemented by a list of other useful n..,..erials, such
as songbooks, and a list...