Berger, A. A., & Cooper, S. (2003). Musical play: A case study of preschool children and parents. Journal of Research in Music Education, 15(2), 151-165.
Reviewed by Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo, Ph. D.,
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
“Music is a communicative and expressive discipline, laden with possibilities for
exploration, improvisation, and creation. As such, it is the place to allow and
enhance the natural play of young children” (Tarnowski, 1999, p. 28).
Through play children are naturally motivated through enjoyable activities where the process rather than the product is the driving factor (Piaget, 1962; Vygotsky, 1967). As early as the 19 century, Froebel (1887) considered play as central to a child's development. But it was not until much later in the 20 century that a long-term study that examined developmentally and sequentially appropriate preschool music activities would be published…