Diana R. Dansereau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music Education - Boston University
Young children love our music classes! Their faces light up when they sing, dance, and play, and they delight in their musical interactions with their parents and us. For many parents, witnessing their child’s bliss during music class is indication of its value and reason enough to return regularly. For some teachers, having joyfilled classes and enthusiastic reactions from parents and children are indicators of success. But what’s really happening in our music classes? We sense that children benefit from these experiences…but how? What are the musical benefits? Are we able to encourage musical growth in our children? Can we articulate the value of our work to others?
When we ask what’s really happening with our children’s musical development during music class, we begin to see our classes…