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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  • Musical Participation and Community Building in an “Alternative” Program for Young Children

    Author Beatriz Ilari Angelita Broock


     
    Beatriz Ilari
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    Angelita Broock
    Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
     

    Someone once said that the initial months (and even years) of parenting could be compared to a long hot-air balloon ride—when one is suspended up in the air. As new parents embark on this ride, many challenges arise: adapting to a new routine, learning how to care for a child and deal with sleep deprivation, and constructing new identities—of parent and partner. That is, the transition to parenthood is a process “of becoming,” with clear bearings on identity (Ilicali & Fisek, 2004; Mercer, 2004). It comes as no surprise, then, that parents of young children often feel isolated and disconnected from the world.

    To make matters worse, caregiving roles have changed due…

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