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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Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, established to provide a network of communication, encourage teacher development, and advocate education of parents, classroom teachers and administrators.

 

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  • Peekaboo and Fill-in-the-Blank: Age-Old Games with a Social Music Interaction Twist

    Author Wendy H. Valerio

    Wendy H. Valerio, Ph.D.
    School of Music
    University of South Carolina
    wvalerio@mozart.sc.edu

    Alison M. Reynolds, Ph.D.
    Boyer College of Music and Dance
    Temple University
    Alison.Reynolds@temple.edu

    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…

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