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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  • Exploring melodic concepts and movement with young children: An action research

    Author Alicia Mueller

    Melody constitutes one of the principal elements of music. It is one of the first and most important musical elements young children can be guided to explore and experience, as children come to us with melodies in their heads and in their voices. Teachers can engage young children in developing basic melodic attributes such as high/low and upward/downward. One of the premises of this study was that the perception of basic melodic properties is a necessary part of conceptual understanding of melody, and therefore of music.

    Among the various strategies used to enhance perceptual and conceptual learning in music is movement instruction. Movement appears to be a natural response that reflects, and perhaps enhances, children's enjoyment of music. Liao (2008) maintained that movement gestures impact young children's pitch accuracy, specifically, melodic motion responses. Findlay (1971) may have had that in mind when she stated that "movement is in…

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