Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, established to provide a network of communication, encourage teacher development, and advocate education of parents, classroom teachers and administrators.

 

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    Author Beatriz Ilari

     

    Tudge, J. (2008). The Everyday Lives of Young Children: Culture, Class and
    Child Rearing in Diverse Societies
    . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Reviewed by Beatriz Ilari

    When teaching music to young children, many educators adopt a music-centered approach. This teaching approach is often framed by questions regarding the delivery of musical contents – melody, rhythm, songs – that guide goals and actions. But, as important as it is, the music-centered approach alone does not account for the wide range of musical behaviors and experiences that occur in the classroom. In other words, not everything that goes on in an early childhood music class can be explained in terms of children’s musical-related abilities. As we know, music teaching and learning do not occur in a vacuum, but are deeply ingrained in larger, contextual issues. This is exactly where books like “The everyday lives of…

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