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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…