Wendy H. Valerio, Ph.D.
School of Music
University of South Carolina
Alison M. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Boyer College of Music and Dance
In this article, we suggest that parents may use the same playful spirit, energy, eye contact, and expressiveness they tend to use in language-based social interactions as springboards into music-based social interactions. We describe the parents’ roles in peekaboo and fill-in-the-blank games, and what children learn both from the parents and the games. Finally, we suggest activities to promote musical versions of those games in the home to assist a child’s music development.
Vignette 1 - Peekaboo
“Peekaboo, I see you!” You often hear a parent call this familiar phrase to her infant or toddler as she hides her face and then reappears. The infant watches, and soon responds with…