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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  • Fall 2008 - Research Review

    Author Angela Barker


    Custodero, L.A., Britto, P. R., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2003). Musical lives: A collective portrait of American parents and their young children. Applied Developmental Psychology, 24, 553-572.

    Reviewed by Angela Barker, PhD

    The primary focus of this study was to investigate the characteristics of musical interactions between parents and their children as a pre-linguistic form of communication. Research shows that the expressive elements of infant-directed speech are musically meaningful and evident across cultures. Fluctuations in the pitch and rhythm of parents' speech provide musical cues that prompt responses from infants. These "musical cues" serve as the foundation for future musical interactions between the parent and child. It is generally accepted that this intuitive musical interaction is an important means of socialization and parenting. The results of the study also bear out the importance of older children's continued meaningful involvement with music despite…

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