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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    Author Angela Barker


    Yim, H. Y. B., & Ebbeck M. (2009). Children’s preferences for group musical activities in child care centres: A cross-cultural study. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37(2), 103–111. doi: 10.1007/s10643-009-0334-z

    The researchers conducted a cross-cultural research study investigating 4- and 5-year-old children’s preferences for group musical activities. The children involved in the study (N = 228) were from childcare centers in Hong Kong and South Australia. Group musical activities included singing, listening, playing instruments, and dancing/moving. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, the researchers found that dancing/ moving was the children’s most preferred musical activity. Moreover, significant differences were discovered between children’s cultural contexts and their preferences for singing, listening, and playing instruments. Based on their findings, Yim and Ebbeck surmised

    Due to children’s strong preferences for dancing/moving as revealed in this study, early childhood…

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