Hornbach, C. M., & Taggart, C. C. (2005). The relationship between developmental tonal aptitude and singing achievement among kindergarten, first-, second-, and third-grade students. Journal of Research in Music Education, 53(4), 322-331.
Reviewed by Angela Barker, Ph.D.
Early childhood music educators spend a good deal of time and energy creating optimal learning environments that will nurture and foster musical growth in their young students. Much has been written about the activities that are necessary for musical development: singing, listening, moving, creating, play, and exploration. While no early childhood music curriculum would be complete without a broad range of musical experiences, singing is fundamental to every child’s musical development. Therefore, music teachers could benefit from knowing not only the factors that effect children’s singing capabilities but also the effect that singing has on overall musical development.
In the featured study, Hornbach and Taggart…